Thomas R. Watson


  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Thomas Watson maintains a national practice that focuses on representing clients in high-stakes complex commercial, class action, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.  

    He 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).

    Thomas has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


    • California
    • 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

    Community Involvement

    • Little League T-Ball Manager
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Co-Lead counsel on several putative class actions alleging false or misleading advertising in violation of both state and federal consumer protection laws.

    • Co-Lead counsel for three medical device manufacturers defending against claims for design, manufacturing, and warning defect brought by consumers throughout the United States.

    • Counsel for a national credit union defending against fraud, identify theft, and credit reporting claims.

    • Defended officers and directors of a television production company involving breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation claims.

    • Defended officers and directors of an apparel design company in litigation asserting breach of contract and fraud claims.

    • Secured a preliminary injunction against a former manager accused of misappropriating trade secrets for an international delivery business.

    • Secured a temporary restraining order against a former employee accused of misappropriating trade secrets for a global optical communication company;

    • Obtained summary judgment of invalidity of a purported trademark asserted against a leading computer aided design company;

    • Assisted in the recovery of billions in settlements from the world’s largest banks for their alleged misrepresentations in connection with the offering of residential mortgage backed securities; and

    • Participated in a large and very high profile patent and trademark trial involving smart phones.

  • Education


    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


    The Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Commercial Litigation (2023)

    Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star (2010-2013)