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Evan A. Watson

Criminal defense Attorney at Cumming, GA

5.0   190 reviews

also known as Acquittal, Specialist

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Evan

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Evan Watson defends Georgia.  Whether you have been arrested  in  Cumming, Alpharetta, Milton, John's Creek, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, or surrounding cities, Evan has been there and defended hundreds in each of these courts.  Evan also regularly defends clients in the Forsyth County court system, as well as surrounding counties- Fulton, Hall, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Dawson, Lumpkin, etc.  Since Evan began practicing law in 2008, he has devoted 100% of his pracitce to appearing in these courts on a daily basis, making the connections and achieving the results that will pay off in your defense. 

Evan is a criminal defense specialist.  Evan's annual training, speaking engagements, and almost daily court appearances help him to stay up to date on the latest in DUI and criminal defense, from courtroom presence to scientific evidence.  

No two cases are the same, and no two defenses should be.  Call Evan directly at or email him at for a direct response. 

 

Education & Background:

Evan A. Watson is an graduate of Charleston (SC) School of Law.  While attending law school, he received the prestigious American Jurisprudence award and made the Dean’s List.  During law school, Evan worked in a variety of positions during summer clerkships, including acting as a law clerk for Atlanta-based Ginsberg Law Offices, handling documentation required for bankruptcy petitions and related financial paperwork.

Mr. Watson also clerked for the City of Sandy Springs, plus worked as a researcher and draftsman on documents relating to trademark applications for a South Carolina biotech company.  Immediately before joining Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, LLC, Mr. Watson was a legal Intern handling traffic court cases for Riley, Lewis & McClendon, an Atlanta firm whose primary practice deals with representing various municipalities in overseeing and managing several Metro Atlanta municipal court prosecutors’ offices.

Prior to his entry into law school, Evan attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  While attending The Citadel, he was named to the Commandant’s List (for Academic and Military Excellence), made the Dean’s List and was named as E Company Executive Officer.

Evan currently handles a range of criminal defense cases and will be happy to give you a consultation about your case, no matter how big or small. 

 2021:

2021 was a year of courts attempting to get back into the swing of things.  To this end, Evan conducted the first in-person jury trials in 2 local court systems since March of 2020.  Evan was able to secure a not guilty jury verdict on behalf of a client charged with Boating Under the Influence, which likely spared the client a minimum of 60+ days in jail. 

 

2020: 

Despite a global pandemic that all but shut down the court system, Evan and his team were able to close dozens of cases with successful resolutions, and even emerge victorious in two complete virtual hearings- one TRIAL and one IMMUNITY MOTION. During the trial, all witnesses testified virtually, including defense witnesses, which resulted in a not guilty verdict as to the primary charge of DUI.  During the immunity hearing, again, all witnesses testified virtually, which resulted in the trial judge finding that the client was acting reasonably and in self defense when he struck the other party, knocking him to the roadway outside of his vehicle.  Waiving the right to be present in open court was not a decision taken lightly in either of these cases, but ultimately Evan's ability to read the situation lead to the winning result for his clients. 

2019: 

Evan and his firm (Zeliff | Watson) continue to thrive in 2019.  Evan's successes for clients include courtroom victories in pretrial motions hearings, bench trials, jury trials, and working with fellow lawyers in the community to help clients settle civil matters.  In one instance, Evan and co-counsel were able to negotiate a settlement in mediation that resulted in 5-figure compensation for a client wrongfully detained (briefly) at the direction of a local retailer.  Evan also had acquittals in DUI cases from judges and juries, as well as negotiating over 100+ cases to resolution. 

 

2017:

2017 has been a teriffic year for Evan and his lawfirm of Zeliff | Watson.  Evan and his law partner Peter Zeliff have had well over a dozen trials, with a winning record.  Additionally, many more cases have been favorably resolved for clients seeking dismissal of their charges, from theft crimes to DUI to family violence situations.  

 

2013:

In 2013, Evan  won several tough trials including 2 DUI .08+ jury trial in Fulton County, a DUI refusal in Fulton County, and DUI refusal bench trial in Gwinnett County.  Evan has also been lead counsel in numerous felony cases including clients charged with drug possession, aggravated assault, and various theft crimes.  Evan's current caseload includes DUI cases, theft cases, vehicular homicide cases, assault cases and drug possession cases. 

 

2012 Update:

In 2012, Evan won all 6 DUI jury trials that he was lead counsel in.  Additionally, he won bench trials in front of area judges and obtained reduced or dismissed charges for clients.

 

2011 Update:

In July 2011, Evan Watson partnered with Lawyer Peter Zeliff to start Zeliff | Watson, a Cumming and North Atlanta criminal defense and DUI defense lawfirm.  Both attorneys have handled hundreds of cases and have experience in virtually every court in the North Georgia district. 

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Location

Zeliff | Watson Attorneys at Law
351-A Dahlonega St.
Cumming, GA, 30040

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  190 customer reviews
Posted by George | October 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Evan Watson...My Hero
Mr Evan Watson was great to me. I respect his professionalism work ethic. He was easy to get in contact with, he understood my case, he also put his self in my shoes. I highly respected that. His consultation, and representation was a one and done process. Mr Watson is SUPER, and I will continue to utilize him.....Thanks
Posted by Tinlee | May 4, 2022
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Professional, responsive and extremely helpful.
Evan Watson was very professional, responsive and helpful in regards to my case. I highly recommend him if you need a strong, supportive lawyer on your side. Evan is very well-rounded and insightful in his profession, he thoroughly coached me throughout the process, and even advised me afterwards. Again, I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2022
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Amazing lawyer
Evan is prompt, thorough, and you can tell her genuinely cares for his clients. By far the best experience working with him I have ever had.
Posted by Ann | April 27, 2022
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An outstanding lawyer.
Evan did an amazing job representing me, he definitely went above and beyond for me. He is hands down the most pleasant and professional attorney I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. I would absolutely use his firm for any and all future needs I may have. He helped me with every step of the case and I felt at ease when discussing it with him. Literally beat attorney ever!
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Posted by Kyle | April 21, 2022
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Integrity!!! Honesty!!! This is not a paid advertisement!
Evan Watson! DUI (3rd lifetime) Man… Thank you for the professionalism! I have been in cases where I have been cornered to plead a case out only to fire attorney and go to trial alone. I’m always skeptical of an attorney. Much like his previous reviews, I can tell you that he has integrity and he doesn’t BS you. He will fight for you. I was a difficult client always asking specific questions and wanting to understand my options and strategy in defense. He allowed me to bounce ideas off of him and corrected me when his experience raised a red flag on how we should move forward. Ultimately my case was resolved with a Reckless Driving…Something the prosecution swore they would never do! If you wanna get lucky then go hire someone else. If you want results because someone fought for you and believed in you then go with Evan Watson! To top it off, he articulated to the court my personal situation and needing to defer minimal custodial time to several months down the road and successfully accomplished that for me as well. Thanks Evan!
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Posted by Debbie | January 2, 2022
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Excellent
Evan Watson was behind our family every step of the way. He worked brilliantly with my niece to ensure that my great nephew received fair and reasonable treatment under the law considering extenuating circumstances.
Posted by Brandon | February 10, 2021
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Evan is a true Proffesional
Evan did an amazing job representing me in my case in 2018. He is hands down the most pleasant and professional attorney I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. I would absolutely use his firm for any and all future needs I may have. He helped me with every step of the case and I felt ar ease when discussing it with him. 5 out of 5!
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Posted by Bryan | November 30, 2020
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Great Attorney ( The Day After )
What to do the day after a DUI. (In my case falsely arrested) You search for a attorney that handles DUI cases in the county where you were arrested. After a short search I made an appointment with Evan Watson. After a consultation I hired Evan to represent me. It was one of those moments where it just felt right. Evan was very straight forward and honest with my options and suspension of licenses was one of the consequents if I lost my case. I chose to fight. Evan felt good about my case and so did I. Throughout the process Evan always kept me informed about hearings and court dates. I would call Evan to just check in to see what was going on with my case and he would answer his phone. That made me feel even better about my decision in hiring Evan. Evan and I decided to let the Judge decide. Day of court. NERVOUS was an understatement of what I was feeling on court date. Evan was great in the court room as he presented my case to the judge and was respectful and very professional. It was in the Judges hands. Not Guilty was my outcome. Not every case is the same but if you want a attorney that will fight for you like family Evan Watson is your guy.
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Posted by Nerriza | November 13, 2020
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Best decision I ever made
I can't give enough stars for such an outstanding service! I researched and spoke to four lawyers before Evan Watson. I have a very particular and complicated case. I chose Evan after our first consultation, because I was satisfied with his strategy. He personally responded immediately to my initial inquiry. Evan is very patience and he clearly explained to me what would happen and what I could expect from my case. I placed my trust in him and he did not let me down. His professionalism and calmness was invaluable. Made the entire process as simple and easy as possible. Good communication. Terrific results. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of. I can really tell he work to serve people, not only for the money.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2020
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Realty
Evan was absolutely amazing… He was there for me every step of the way. I will recommend him to all my family and friends in the future.
Posted by Heather | April 16, 2020
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THE BEST ATTORNEY I COULD HAVE HIRED
Evan Watson is an amazing attorney. Swift, smart and extremely promt and efficient. I am very happy with my results due to hiring him. Wow. You won't regret your decision. This man is the best at what he does. Thank you, Mr. Watson!
Posted by Mark | May 20, 2019
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Top notch attottorney
This is only the 2nd review I’ve ever posted, and both resulted from service that far exceeded my expectations. I met with Evan Watson after researching and talking with two other attorneys about help getting me out of a bone headed mistake I made, and I cannot express how pleased I am to have made the right choice in going with him. It really wasn’t a question after speaking with him, then meeting him. Every aspect of his service- from his friendly welcome, professionalism, attentive listening, confident approach, and effective results- was top notch. Evan told me exactly what he was going to do, and he did just that. You can’t ask for much more than that. I hope this review helps others that may find themselves like I was- someone who made a poor decision and really needed someone to help get them through it. Don’t hesitate to go with Evan if so. I would recommend him to my closest friends and family.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 24, 2019
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Expert Attorney
Evan is an outstanding attorney! He helped us with a felony case and a traffic violation, and if we ever need anything else, we will definitely call him again!
Posted by Tori | April 18, 2019
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A godsend
Evan is a godsend. He is effective, professional, reliable, and prompt. He got me out of quite a jam while ensuring my business and reputation remained intact. After I came across further complications, he went above and beyond for months on end. He did not stop advocating for me until my case was closed. His knowledge and skill set are unparalleled.
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Posted by Mary | December 10, 2018
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My case was dismissed - you can't ask for a better attorney!!
I left my daughter in the car while I ran a quick--but necessary errand that took less than five minutes. I was arrested and charged with reckless conduct. I had a clean record prior to my arrest. A Reckless conduct charge carries serious penalties and will remain on your criminal record forever. I knew that I needed an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to represent me. I hired Evan. *There is a reason that he has all five star reviews.* He knows the law and works hard to represent his clients. Evan understood how incredibly busy my schedule was and took care of all of my court appearances. He was even able to get my case DISMISSED and I have a clean record again! Simply put - Evan is phenomenal. Please consider hiring him - you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Jessica | November 15, 2018
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So Glad I Hired Evan Watson!
Evan Watson is not only knowledgeable, responsive & extremely professional but also completely understanding at how stressful these situations can be and he goes out of his way to make sure your totally informed, prepared and at ease with what’s to come. He really made a rough situation a lot easier to manage and even though I hope I never need him again, it’s good to know if I did I would have guidance & representation within hours.
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Posted by Sydney | November 9, 2018
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DUI Case
During my case Evan payed very close attention to the details and executed as he saw fit. Which was an huge success. This was my first time going to trial for anything— let alone first case ever. So I wasn’t very educated on the process. I was constantly reassured by Evan and his colleagues that everything was going smoothly. I didn’t get the run around—- everyone communicated and was very open and honest— answered the phone and was very prompt. This team took a really ugly situation for me and turned it completely around. My experience was so pleasurable that I’m certain I wouldn’t use any other attorney.
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Posted by Ambreya | October 29, 2018
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Evan Watson the best attorney Ever
Evan Watson is representing me , and couldn’t be more pleased with his performance. Whenever I have questions I get a text or call back the day same day. He even made my process easier to deal with he reassured me that he’s got everything handle and he has , he’s definitely a man of his word and I couldn’t of asked for a better attorney.
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Posted by Jacob | September 4, 2018
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The best choice
Evan Watson couldn't be a better choice. He has helped me on multiple occasions in what seemed like would be impossible cases. He always stays in contact and will work hard on your case. He is very kind and will work with you for whatever you need. For me he has always been able to strike the best deal. Inone case in particular I had 6 pending charges and he was able to get it dropped to 2, one of which was a reduced charge the other will not be on my record. Do not hestitate to call this firm if you are in trouble. You won't be disappointed, I can garuntee it.
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Posted by Brian | August 16, 2018
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Great Lawyer
Evan Watson and I started on a journey about 2 years ago. He stayed with me the whole time and found a way to keep helping every step of the way. I was able to settle my matter with no long term damage done to my way of life. I appreciate all he did for me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Zeliff & Watson
  • 2011 - Present
  • Panel Attorney
  • The City of Brookhaven
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Panel Attorney
  • Forsyth County
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Panel Attorney
  • The City Of Sandy Springs
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Head Thomas Webb & Willis, LLC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Clerk
  • BLH Consultants
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • The City of Sandy Springs
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Motley Rice
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Ginsberg Law Offices
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • GACDL
  • CLE
  • 2015
  • Dr. John Vasiliades
  • Forensic Toxicology for Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Forensic Alcohol Consulting
  • Advanced Intoxilyzer 9000 Seminar
  • 2014
  • Forensic Alcohol Consulting
  • Intoxilyzer 9000 Training Course
  • 2013
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Inst.
  • CLE
  • 2013
  • CLE
  • Carlson on Evidence
  • 2012
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 3-Day Infared Breath Testing Course
  • 2010
  • Bill Daniels Trial Advocacy Program
  • CLE
  • 2010
  • NHTSA
  • 24 hr. DUI Detection & FST Course
  • 2009
  • NHTSA
  • 32 hr. DUI Detection & FST Instructor Course
  • 2009
  • The Charleston School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • The Citadel
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sandy Springs v Client
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Georgia v. Client
  • Not Guilty
  • Jury Trial w Trooper Cabe of GSP
  • Not Guilty of DUI
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Associations

  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Completion- Spring Session
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Completion- Summer Session
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2009
  • Business Organizations
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 2008

Publications

  • DUI Training Super Symposium
  • Opening and Closing Statements
  • 2014
  • Teen Law Clinic
  • Knowing the Law
  • 2013
  • Forsyth Co. Criminal Defense Bar
  • 2011-2012 Case Law Update
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Update
  • DUI Q&A Panel
  • 2015
  • Teen Law Clinic
  • Knowing the Law
  • 2013
  • Defensive Driving
  • Defensive Driving
  • 2013
  • SFST Practitioner Course
  • DUI Detection & Deterrence
  • 2012
  • Lawyer In the Round
  • Lawyer In the Round
  • 2012
  • Bill Daniels Trial Advocacy
  • Group Openings, Closings, Directs, Cross Exam.
  • 2010
  • SFST Instructor Training
  • Presenting SFST (Instructor Course)
  • 2009
  • Beginning Lawyers Program
  • Beginning Lawyers Program
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (53)
Given (58)
Endorse Evan
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan worked for our firm for the first four years of his career. His background in a military training college (Citadel) helped prepare him for battle as a criminal defense attorney. A winning smile and a keen insight on people and personalities has help him succeed at getting excellent deals for most of his clients, since the prosecutors know that he is willing to fight when a reduction is not offered."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan is an exceptional DUI lawyer, and I recommend him without hesitation. In order to consistently deliver great results in DUI cases, your lawyer must have an excellent knowledge of the facts of your case and understand the technical and scientific aspects of DUI cases. Evan has committed himself to obtain the advanced training required to defend DUI cases, and he works tirelessly to understand the intricate details of his cases. If you choose Evan to represent you in your DUI case, you be assured that he will do everything possible to obtain the very best result possible for you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan is an incredible attorney who fights at every turn, at every corner, for every client. Knowledgeable and caring, I cannot think of a better attorney in Forsyth county!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan is a fantastic lawyer. He really has a strong understanding of the law and he cares about his clients. I fully endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan is an attorney who knows how to effectively negotiate with prosecutors and is more than capable of taking a case to trial if necessary. He has extensive experience in courts all over metro Atlanta, and well respected in the legal community among his peers. I endorse Evan Watson!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Evan and his office do tremendous work for clients. Always a strong advocate, Evan is knowledgeable, effective, and on point in all aspects of representation. I would not hesitate to recommend Evan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan Watson has incredible experience and that separates him form other "DUI/Criminal Lawyers." I send Evan referrals in the Forsyth/Bartow/Barrow County areas because I know he can get the best results. I endorse Evan!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan is a well respected lawyer in the community who gets results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Evan Watson. Evan is trustworthy, conscientious, hardworking and fundamentally dedicated to every client. Evan is an excellent defense attorney who is a huge asset to the community and the entire Defense Bar. Any person in need of a premier criminal defense lawyer will know immediately he or she is in capable hands. Since I have known Evan for a number of years, I am honored to endorse this superb lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Evan. I have known Evan for several years. He is an extremely skilled litigator and excellent negotiator. He is well-respected in the legal community. If you are charged with a criminal offense or DUI, you will be well-served with Evan on your side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Other
"I knew Mr. Watson in law school, and he was the kind of person I would entrust with my legal matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Evan Watson many year ago when he interned in my office prior to attending law school. We have kept in touch over the years and Evan has become my "go to" criminal defense resource. I have referred several clients and personal friends to Evan and, without exception, I get highly positive feedback. I have also collaborated with Evan on several legal web site articles and it is clear to me that he understands both the substantive law, and he has the right interpersonal skills to represent his clients extremely well in court. If you are looking for a top flight criminal defense lawyer, you could do no better than choosing Evan Watson."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Evan has exceptional legal skills. He is very charismatic and able to obtain results for his clients few lawyers are capable of obtaining. Whenever I have a client with a problem in Forsyth County I refer then to Evan."
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