Attorney William J. Watt, III, partner, 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 previously served as a part-time assistant public defender in Luzerne County and currently serves as a CJA federal criminal defense attorney in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania where he represents criminal defendants in complex federal criminal cases. He has also been appointed to serve as a divorce master in complex divorce matters and routinely gets appointed by the Court to serve as counsel for individuals in guardianship and other estate related matters. Since 2012, Attorney Watt has been named a Rising Star Super Lawyer five times.
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, estate planning and litigation, and other general civil litigation. Attorney Watt has over a dozen criminal jury trials, 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, 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.