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Thomas R. Watson


(619) 230-7464
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San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

2211 Michelson Drive
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92612

San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2003

B.A., Double Major in Political Science with a Public Service Emphasis and Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000


Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star (2010-2013)

Mr. Watson began his practice at Gordon & Rees in the firm’s San Francisco office handling complex mass product liability and commercial litigation cases for the firm’s Fortune 500 pharmaceutical clients.  He then practiced for seven years in Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s Silicon Valley office, representing some of the largest technology clients in the world and working on some of the most prolific intellectual property and commercial litigation cases in the country, including Apple vs. Samsung, Mattel vs. MGA, and for the Federal Housing Finance Agency in its landmark RMBS litigation against several of the world’s largest banks. 

Mr. Watson currently maintains a national practice and focuses on representing clients in high-stakes complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has handled trade secret, trademark/trade dress, copyright, patent infringement, false advertising, structured finance, unfair competition, breach of contract and partnership dissolution disputes. Mr. Watson also litigates on behalf of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in both single action and mass tort litigation.

Mr. Watson has been a member of several high-profile trial teams for cases receiving national attention, and has extensive arbitration and mediation experience before various arbitration/mediation bodies (including the AAA and JAMS).

Mr. Watson has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


New York
U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

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