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Mediator Information
Name Thomas C. Watts, III
Law Firm Watts & Gray LLP, Thomas C. Watts, Inc.
Location Riverside
Practice Areas
Business and Complex Personal Injury
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
1977
Education
  • Master of Laws, Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2008)
  • Juris Doctorate, Western State Law School, Calif. (1977)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Chapman University, Orange, Calif. (1974)
Bar Memberships
  • California Supreme Court (December 1977)
  • United States District Court, Central District of California (April 1978)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California (August 1979)
  • United States Tax Court (September 1979)
  • United States Court of Appeals (July 2002)
  • United States Supreme Court (October 2002)
Professional Association Memberships
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Riverside County Bar Association
  • Panel member, IVAMS | Arbitration and Mediation Services
  • Panel member, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
Additional Information

Thomas C. Watts, III was admitted to practice in the State of California in 1977. His practice emphasis was on civil trial practice (business and complex personal injury). In 2004, he began practicing mediation full-time. Watts now serves as panelist for IVAMS (since 2007) and RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.

Watts completed his LLM Degree at the nationally recognized Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2008. He has mediated many hundreds of cases.

His clients have said that he is: “especially effective in difficult and emotion-laden disputes;” “a quick study. He gets a fast grasp on complex issues;” “understands people and their lawyers” and “patient, persistent and polite.” Watts has been described as like a coach, confidant and confessor. He is talented at keeping parties both focused and encouraged through the mediation process.