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Joseph Ellis Watson III

also known as Tripp Watson

About me

I am from a family of entrepreneurs. Building a business is in my blood. After graduating with a double majors in Economics and Politics from Washington and Lee University. I went on to receive my law degree from Cumberland School of Law. I am also one of the few attorneys in Birmingham with an M.B.A., which I received from the Brock School of Business at Samford University where I focused on entrepreneurship.


My enthusiasm for entrepreneurship motivated me to open The Watson Firm. I firmly believe that entrepreneurs will be the ones to take this country to new heights in the next decades. So I decided to prove my commitment to entrepreneurship, and I started my own business.


In my practice, I focus on counseling entrepreneurs on their businesses, getting their business started, helping them solve their problems, monetizing their tangible and intangible assets, and fighting for them inside and outside of the courtroom.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 70%
    5 years, 75 cases
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
    5 years, 25 cases



Hourly ($150-200/hour), contingent (15-33%), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Patrick Kimball Yeatts

    Tripp is an excellent attorney in all matters concerning small business. If you are looking to start a business or just looking to take your business to the next level, I would recommend speaking with Tripp. He can make sure that your business starts off on the right foot. He will save you a lot of time and money.


    Patrick Yeatts Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Cameron Lee Hogan

    I endorse this lawyer. Tripp is a well respected attorney in the community. He is very knowledgeable in his practice areas and has taken excellent care of every client I know of that has used him.


    Cameron Hogan Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

The Watson Firm

2829 2nd Avenue South
Suite 220
Birmingham, AL, 35233


ALAuthorized to practice law201107/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneysBirmingham Magazine2016
Top 40 Under 40Birmingham Business Journal2015
Top AttorneysBirmingham Magazine2015
Top AttorneysBirmingham Magazine2014
AAJ Serve & Protect the Public AwardCumberland School of Law, Samford University2010
James H. Roberts, Jr. Trial Advocacy AwardCumberland School of Law, Samford University2010
Judge Abraham Caruthers FellowCumberland School of Law, Samford University2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Entrepreneur AttorneyThe Watson Firm | The Entrepreneur's Law Firm2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Birmingham Bar Association, Solo Practice/Small Firms SectionBoard Member2013 - Present
Judge James Edwin Horton American Inn of CourtMember2012 - Present
Birmingham Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
National Association of Business EconomistsBoard of Directors, Alabama Chapter2011 - Present
Birmingham Venture ClubMember2011 - Present
National Association for Business EconomicsPresident, Alabama Chapter2014 - 2016
Birmingham Bar Association, Long Range Planning CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Solar Reflections, LLC v. Solar Reflections Glass Tinting, LLCPending
Police and Firemen's Insurance Association v. The Estate of Rodney J. Wilson, et alWon on summary judgment. Upheld on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of the International Academy for Case StudiesCoastal Flooring2012
Journal of the International Academy for Case StudiesCoastal Flooring: Instructor's Notes2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford UniversityBusiness AdministrationJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA2010
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA2010
Washington and Lee UniversityEconomics, PoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly MeetingFreelancing - The Legal Pirate2012