Attorney William J. Watt, III, Partner, graduated from Hazleton Area High School in 2000, received his B.S. in Business from King’s College in 2004, and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. He was admitted by both the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 2007. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Attorney Watt joined the firm as an Associate in 2007 after previously interning with the firm during law school. Upon joining the firm, Attorney Watt also joined the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office in a part-time capacity where he worked for over 8 years. He currently serves as a CJA Panel federal criminal defense attorney in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Both of these positions have resulted in Attorney Watt handling hundreds of complex criminal cases and trying over 15 cases in front of a jury. This includes 3 homicide trials and 2 death penalty trials. As a private criminal defense lawyer, Atty. Watt has handled a variety of criminal cases ranging from summary citations to serious felony offenses. His significant trial experience gives him a unique advantage when handling any type of legal matter.
Attorney Watt has significant experience in the courtroom having handled a variety of matters including death penalty homicide trials, complex divorce and custody trials, car accident and personal injury litigation, real estate transactions, estate planning and litigation, and other general civil litigation. Attorney Watt has over 15 criminal jury trials tried to verdict, numerous civil/custody trials, and was previously one of only a few attorneys certified to represent individuals in death penalty cases. Attorney Watt currently concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense, estate planning, administration and litigation, personal injury litigation, real estate, domestic matters and other general civil litigation. He also handles business formation and transactions having represented large companies in multi-million dollar business acquisitions.
Born and raised in the greater Hazleton Area, Attorney Watt currently resides in Drums, Luzerne County with his Wife and three children. He is active in many civic and volunteer organizations and cherishes his time volunteering in youth sports organizations.