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Herman Austin Watson IV

Criminal defense Attorney at Bozeman, MT

5.0   13 reviews

About Herman

Learn Herman’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    Legal writing/research, oral argument, client interface, motion hearings, case and office management, employee review/hiring.

    8 years, 25 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%

    8 years, 5 cases

  3. Litigation
    15%

    8 years, 20 cases

You could say he is well-rounded: Herman was born in Macon, Georgia, where etiquette and manners make an impression. However, he grew up in Montana, settling scores with a friendly punch in the face. As for schooling, the third-generation criminal defense attorney went to preparatory school outside Boston, where he learned well how to read and write, but attended college in Portland, Oregon, where he avoided doing either, choosing instead to invest in the burgeoning beer market; Herman has worked in and managed several bars across the globe.

Associate Attorney Herman Watson

After year-long sojourns in Oxford, England, and Holland, where he studied international criminal law, Herman returned to San Francisco, where he finished law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and took up his true passion: fighting the government (a.k.a. criminal defense). Herman studied under a Blum Scholarship and graduated cum laude, also receiving an esteemed Excellence for the Future Award.

Since then, Herman has trained under the legendary Tony Serra at Pier 5 Law Offices, old-guard attorney from the Barbary Coast and long-time defender of civil rights, as well as the zealous marijuana guru, Kali S. Grech at Green Street Law Group. Herman has also specialized in narcotics defense, marijuana law, and DUI/DWI, and is licensed in both Montana and California. He has graduated from the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School and been certified in DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (the same course certification received by police officers trained in DUI investigation).

When Herman is out of the courtroom, he is either traveling or climbing the many rocks and mountains of Southwest Montana. Crowning achievements to date, Herman climbed the Grand Teton when he was 9, meeting Alex Lowe along the way, and once shot a perfect game of pool.

Bone up on your constitutional rights, and learn more about our criminal practice, by reading Not Guilty, Always: A Blog by Herman.

Herman is licensed to practice in California and Montana, as well as several federal courts.

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Licensed for 8 years
State MT
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 11/14/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 09/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Herman

Watson Law Offices
101 E Main St
Suite C
Bozeman, MT, 59715

Reviews

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Posted by Matthew | June 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Herman is the best criminal defense attorney in the state of Montana, bar none.
Amazing and extraordinary at his craft, Herman is the best Defense that money can buy! I can't recommend enough!
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Herman was more than we could have asked for in a lawyer and as a human being. He went above and beyond for my husband and I in helping us navigate the case while showing kindness and compassion in doing so. He Was able to mitigating what could have been pretty severe charges and sentence. Can’t say enough about him and his services!
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Response from Herman Watson August 6, 2019
Your husband deserved this consideration. I'm glad I could secure it for him. Thanks for the review and good luck!
Posted by Dianna | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch!!
My first (and last) DUI. I cannot say enough about how professional and personable attorney Watson was in helping me. Any time I contacted his office I had immediate response. He is some you want representing you!! I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Services that Exceeded What I Dared to Hope For
I can't recommend Herman A. Watson highly enough. I was charged with a DUI under circumstances that I felt were unjust. Everyone I spoke with following my arrest was sympathetic, but offered only encouragement that I would "get through it and be alright." My consultation with Herman was the first time that someone listened to how the events unfolded and began to speak of the potential for a better outcome. He was professional, confident, empathetic, and astute. I felt certain that my case would receive the time and attention it needed. Herman was able to drastically reduce the charge and I paid only a small fine as a penalty. Of course, the details of my case were essential to that outcome; but it was equally necessary to have an attorney who was wiling to examine the particulars of a fairly common (and typically indisputable) charge. I'm so grateful to have found an attorney who would fight for me, allowing me to move forward from the incident without it impacting me in the years ahead. I hope I never again have a need for a criminal defense attorney, but should the occasion arise, I will contact Herman A. Watson IV without hesitation.
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Response from Herman Watson August 6, 2019
Thanks so much for your kind and considerate review. I'm glad to hear you felt heard and supported. We aim to build the foundation of our relationship with each client on interest in and concern for that individual's particular circumstances and needs. Apparently, your case was no exception. :-)
Posted by Sam | February 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help me out
Herman was able to get my case reduced, then dismissed! He was instrumental in helping me avoid embarrassment and stiffer penalties!
Response from Herman Watson August 6, 2019
Great result! ;-)
Posted by Josh | December 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Obstruction and Disorderly
I was charged with Obstruction of a police officer and disorderly afterwards. Herman had the obstruction charge dropped and no jail time served. I ended up with a small fine and no record based on good behavior. It was money well spent for his services.
Response from Herman Watson August 6, 2019
Glad to hear it. Good luck out there!
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I can not say enough about Herman III and his team. My husband was visiting a friend in Dillion and got accused of a horrible and very serious crime (felony charges). He was innocent and Herman III proved that. He met with him after hours on a holiday weekend. The case never went past the first court date. Always responded on time and never kept us in the dark. He truly kept us from a life changing tragedy. Kindness is not a quality you find often in a law firm, but with Watson Law it’s the whole package. Thanks again!!!
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Response from Herman Watson August 6, 2019
This was the right result. I always appreciate my role in seeking justice for the truly innocent.
Posted by Cody | June 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clear expectations and positive outcome
I hired Herman to help with criminal expungement. He and his team were very professional and guided me through this process. He clearly presented the plan and was honest with expectations and potential outcomes. The individuals at his office are friendly and understanding. Jewel is especially wonderful. I was concerned about privacy and the team educated me thoroughly on confidentiality. The process took time but I was adequately prepared for that possibility. Ultimately, i could not have been more satisfied with the results! If you are looking for criminal expungement, talk with Herman Watson... you won’t regret it.
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Response from Herman Watson August 6, 2019
Thanks for the recommendation! And yes, Jewel is especially wonderful.
Posted by Darren | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Professionalism
I hired Watson law firm from a recommendation that these guys were the best. And I was not disappointed. From start to finish, they demonstrated total professionalism and a complete confidence on tackling the dire situation that I found myself. They exhibited a caring sensitivity on seeing me get through unscathed my ordeal which I found comfort in. In the end, my case won. Disaster averted. And I can only thank the Watson Law Firm for it. For if I had chosen another law firm, I don't think I would be so fortunate.
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Response from Herman Watson August 6, 2019
Much obliged for the recommendation! This was a particularly good result, and I'm glad you felt care for. We do our best to offer guidance and support through what can otherwise be a terrifying experience.
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and firm, I highly reccomend this as your first goto
I was falsely accused of a traffic violation that was filed as a potential precursor to civil law suit. I was very impressed with this firm starting with the first phone call up to when Herman had all charges dropped. All throughout the process the staff did an excellent job keeping be up to date and informed and was always available for questions. Herman also handles civil actions as well, I will be using this firm as my primary attorney for all my legal needs moving forward. Highly recommended professional.
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Response from Herman Watson May 24, 2018
This was the appropriate result. We will remain at your service, should you ever need us.
Posted by Matt | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved me
Herman was great. I got myself into a serious felony was looking at a max of 20 years. Herman assured me that he could bring it down to probation. I had my douts but he came through and I recieved 3 years probation and a second chance in life. Thanks Herman I couldn't have picked a better lawyer. Another local attorney had told me there was no way I wouldn't serve jail time. I'm greatful I found Watson Law Offices.
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Response from Herman Watson May 24, 2018
I'm glad we could help, Matt. People deserve as many chances as it takes to turn their lives around. I truly believe you will be successful, going forward and jail time wouldn't have helped you get to this good place. Good luck.
Posted by Heather | October 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and Diligent
Herman and Chuck Watson are simply the best criminal defense lawyers on this side of the Mississippi. I am beyond grateful for the representation I was provided by Herman Watson IV. Both he and Chuck were professional, friendly, and most importantly, straightforward and honest. Herman explained everything to me in detail and made sure I understood what was happening and why from the moment I first entered their office through our final court appearance. The results he got in my case were much better than I ever expected. If you're looking for someone to truly go to bat for you and get results, look no further than Watson Law Office.
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Response from Herman Watson November 8, 2017
Thanks so much for your review. I'm glad we could be there for you when it counted the most! It's always a pleasure to unpack the process, as I know how confusing it all seems (and, truly, can be!). I know you're going to thrive, going forward. Still, good luck!
Posted by Lisa | June 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you Herman!
Herman helped me negotiate my very complicated contract for employment in California. His advice and recommendations assured me I would receive protection in my role as a contract- employee, which gave me confidence in accepting the job. He is also kind and a joy to work with. I would highly recommend Herman as a consultant and an attorney.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Watson Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Green Street Law Group
  • 2013 - 2015

Education

  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Trial Practice Institute
  • 2016
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2015
  • UC Hastings COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Lewis & Clark Coll
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007
  • Leiden Universitat
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • State of Montana v. E.
  • Deferred Prosecution
  • State of Montana v. G.
  • Dismissed
  • State of California v. W.
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Gallatin County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Ethics Committee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Chairperson
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Ten Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Excellence for the Future Award
  • CALI
  • 2012
  • Finalist - Oxford University
  • Fulbright
  • 2012
  • Blum Scholarship
  • UC Hastings, College of the Law
  • 2011
  • Blum Scholarship
  • UC Hastings, College of the Law
  • 2010
  • Blum Scholarship
  • UC Hastings, College of the Law
  • 2009
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Desert Hearts Festival
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2015
  • Bhakti Fest
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2015
  • Shakti Fest
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2015
  • Hemp Fest
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (9)
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Herman is outstanding to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Herman is a diligent and creative advocate who doesn't limit himself to one-size-fits all solutions. His in depth knowledge of the law, combined with his real world experience and practical approach give his clients an edge whenever the government has accused them of wrongdoing. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Herman is an intelligent, creative, and effective advocate who gets good results for his clients. A bright mind. I have consulted with Herman on legal issues and I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Herman sees all sides of a problem. His work is genuinely interested and highly effective. I would highly recommend his services, which have contributed greatly to my success as an employer and fellow lawyer in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I firmly endorse Herman Watson. He is a great attorney, and well respected in the legal community."
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