Thomas R. Watson

Attorney

Tom Watson is a member of both the Business Services Group and the Trial Services Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of business law, civil litigation and real estate. His business practice includes business start-ups, acquisitions, finance, employment agreements, and general corporate and commercial transactions. Tom’s transactional work also includes representing buyers, sellers, developers and financial institutions in the purchase, sale, financing, leasing and development of real estate.

Tom’s litigation practice includes representing individuals in personal injury and marital litigation and individuals and companies in a wide range of commercial disputes including contract disputes, employment matters, construction, real estate and other business disputes.

In addition, Tom has training and extensive experience serving as a mediator assisting businesses and individuals and their counsel in resolving differences prior to or during litigation.

Among the many awards and accolades Tom has received over the years, the most recent is his selection as a Star in civil litigation in Benchmark Plaintiff Guide 2013, the definitive guide to America’s leading plaintiff attorneys.

Education

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A., 1973

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Hampshire, 1978
  • Maine, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New Hampshire Courts
  • Maine Courts

Memberships

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association

Awards

  • Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, “Portsmouth Citizen of the Year” (1995)
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Bar Fellow (1993)
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice, President’s Award (1993, 1997 and 2007)
  • American Association for Justice, Outstanding Delegate award (1998)
  • American Association for Justice, Weideman-Wysocki Citation for Excellence (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2010)
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice, Granite State Advocate Award (2006)
  • Rockingham County Bar Association, Inaugural Professionalism Award (2001)
  • Benchmark Plaintiff Guide as local litigation star in civil litigation (2011)

Community/Public Service

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
    • Trustee
  • Trustees of the Trust Funds for Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    • Trustee
  • Portsmouth Athenaeum
    • President
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice Board of Governors
    • Member
  • American Association for Justice Board of Governors
    • Member
  • Strawberry Banke Museum National Council
    • Member
  • New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association
    • Past President
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Past Chair of State Delegates
  • Strawberry Banke Museum
    • Past Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce
    • Past Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center Alumni Association
    • Past President
  • Portsmouth Planning Board
    • Past Member
  • Portsmouth Historic Commission
    • Past Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors
    • Past Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board of Directors
    • Past Member
  • New Hampshire Constitutional Convention
    • Delegate (1974)
  • Leadership New Hampshire
    • Associate (1993-1994)
  • New Hampshire Main Street Center Board of Directors
    • Past Member
  • Portsmouth Historical Society
    • Past President
  • Ballet New England Board of Advisors
    • Past Member