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William Watkins has been a lawyer since 2001, and has over a decade of experience at finding effective solutions to his client’s problems. Mr. Watkins specializes in all areas of family law including dissolution of marriage, legal separation, child custody, paternity, child support, spousal support, property division, and settlement negotiations.
As an experienced estate planning attorney, Mr. Watkins also devotes a substantial amount of time to preparing Living Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney and other estate planning tools to meet his clients’ inheritance and family planning needs. Mr. Watkins prides himself on educating his clients on their options and providing them with cost-effective plans that will protect their families, protect their assets, and reduce their stress.
Before starting his own law practice, Mr. Watkins gained valuable experience practicing corporate, municipal, and redevelopment law at large and prestigious large firms in San Diego and the greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Watkins handled complex transactions for clients that were primarily corporations, cities, and public agencies. He successfully negotiated real estate development transactions, drafted agreements for property acquisition and the development of commercial, industrial, and family housing projects.
After spending years “helping the rich (company) get richer”, Mr. Watkins discovered that his true passion is family law and estate planning, which allows him to work one-on-one with ordinary people to improve their lives. Because of his big firm experience, Mr. Watkins is confident that he can find solutions for his clients’ problems, no matter how difficult or complex.
Besides having a wealth of legal expertise, Mr. Watkins prides himself on being a “people’s person”, an effective listener, and a great communicator. Passionate about language learning and effective communication, Mr. Watkins is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.
Mr. Watkins is an Ivy League graduate of Columbia University in New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1998. Mr. Watkins earned his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 2001.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Alumnus of the Year||UCLA BLSA Society||2011|
|Attorney||Law Offices of William N. Watkins||2014 - 2015|
|Attorney||Cannon Legal Group||2012 - 2014|
|Project Manager||City of Carson||2009 - 2012|
|Attorney||Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth||2002 - 2009|
|Attorney||Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich||2001 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2001 - Present|
|Pasadena Bar Association||Treasurer/Secretary||2006 - 2007|
|San Fernando Valley Bar Association||Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning||2012|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Columbia University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Cannon Legal Group Speaker Series||Estate Planning Pitfalls to Avoid||2013|
Posted by Deon Watson
Will was a great attorney who helped me avoid overpaying the County over $20,000 in "arrears" even though my son lived with me full-time. Will basically helped me prove without a shadow of a doubt that my son's mother engaged in welfare fraud in order to get benefits even though she wasn't even raising our son. He was also able to reverse a garnishment that was occurring at my job and through it all he was always patient and willing to listen to me, even when I just wanted to vent. All in all, I can't recommend him highly enough.
Posted by Edwin
I was very fortunate to find Will Watkins and to have him agree to represent me in my recent litigious divorce. Not only is Mr. Watkins knowledgeable and courteous, he also defended my interests with the ferocity and determination that you would expect from a family member. Having narrowly averted a financial catastrophe with a previous attorney, I cannot stress enough that you would do yourself a favor to stop reading this review and hire Mr. Watkins immediately before he is too busy to take any more cases. If you choose to continue reading, I will give you a few details about my case and my experience with Mr. Watkins in the paragraphs below that I hope will give you an idea of the caliber of attorney that he is.
Although my ex-wife, who is well-educated and has extensive work experience, and I had a short-term marriage with no children nor real property, she requested spousal support in excess of 50 percent of my salary. While my previous attorney showed as much interest in my case as an eight-year-old during mass, Will listened intently to the particulars of my case with the focus of a detective. After deliberating for a few moments over his notes, he proceeded to dismantle the opposing counsel's absurd argument for their exorbitant alimony request and explained, in simple layman's terms, a common sense strategy to defend my interests. In retrospect, Will's simple but effective approach to argue my case is not surprising when you consider that he keeps a copy of the ancient military tactician Sun Tzu's The Art of War on his desk. There is little doubt that I would have faced a disastrous financial result had I remained with my previous attorney.
In the few weeks it took Will to resolve my case, he kept me informed every step of the way. All my emails were answered promptly and he was always happy to take my phone calls and address any concerns I had. Moreover, Will was always well-versed in the details of my case. While divorce can be a stressful ordeal, Mr. Watkins' competent handling of my case conveyed such an infectious sense of calm that I often forgot that our case was pending.
On one occasion, I suggested that we use a vocational examiner to determine whether my ex-wife could potentially earn a higher income than she earned at the time, thus absolving me of any financial responsibility to her. He advised me that such a strategy was unlikely to be beneficial in our case and would likely result in additional fees in excess of four thousand dollars. To reiterate, Will passed on an opportunity to earn additional legal fees to protect me from needless expenditure. While many attorneys cite the number of years they have practiced their profession, no amount of experience can
substitute for the integrity of a good man who is honestly concerned with the best interests of his client.
To my great satisfaction, my ex-wife and I settled for a meager fraction of the amount of spousal support that she originally demanded. There is no question that such a beneficial settlement would not have been possible had it not been for the formidable efforts of my attorney. Nevertheless, in spite of seeing my case reach a conclusion well beyond my expectations, Will was not satisfied. He was of the opinion that an even more favorable outcome had been possible. Even though I could not be happier with the outcome of my case, my attorney was not satisfied!
I realize that a better writer would have given you a more eloquent account of my experience with such an excellent attorney but if you take nothing else from this review, know this: Will Watkins is a knowledgeable, responsive, and courteous professional and it is my pleasure to wholeheartedly recommend him as your attorney. People like him give the law profession a good name.
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