Thomas R. Watson


603.433.3317 Ext. 218
603.433.5384 Fax

100 International Drive, Suite 340
Portsmouth, NH 03801-6891

Assistant: Vanessa Alander


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


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


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Trustees of the Trust Funds for Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Portsmouth Athenaeum
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice Board of Governors
  • American Association for Justice Board of Governors
  • Strawberry Banke Museum National Council
  • 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

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.


  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star (2011-2015)
  • Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
    • The Loyal Order of the Rock Award (2015)
    • Inaugural Professionalism Award (2001)
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
    • E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism (2013)
    • Bar Fellow (1993)
  • American Association for Justice
    • Weideman-Wysocki Citation for Excellence (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2010)
    • Outstanding Delegate Award (1998)
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice
    • President’s Award (1993, 1997 and 2007)
    • Granite State Advocate Award (2006)
  • Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, “Portsmouth Citizen of the Year” (1995)