Thomas R. Watson

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.


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

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted in New Hampshire and Maine
  • Admitted to practice before the courts in the States of New Hampshire and Maine, the United District Courts for the Districts of New Hampshire and Maine, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

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

Professional/Community/Public Service

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


  • Voted 1995 “Portsmouth Citizen of the Year” by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce
  • Elected a New Hampshire Bar Fellow in 1993 by New Hampshire Bar Foundation
  • Received President’s Award from New Hampshire Association for Justice in 1993, 1997 and 2007 in appreciation for outstanding service to the Association
  • Received 1998 Outstanding Delegate award from the American Association for Justice for dedicated and outstanding service
  • Received Weideman-Wysocki Citation for Excellence in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2010 from American Association for Justice
  • Received Granite State Advocate Award from the New Hampshire Association for Justice in 2006 in appreciation of long term service to and support of the Association
  • Received Inaugural Professionalism Award from the Rockingham County Bar Association in 2001
  • Recognized in 2011 Benchmark Plaintiff Guide as local litigation star in civil litigation