Robert Watson graduated from Central High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee. He earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1970. Robert was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corp. and he entered the Army in 1970 as a Second Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve with a rank of Captain.
In 1970, Robert began his law practice as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Clinic. He began private practice in 1972. He formed what would be his present day law firm in 1983. Today that firm is known as Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell and Lauderback, P.L.C.
During his legal career, Robert represented governmental entities, individuals, and physicians throughout the State of Tennessee. He was Chief Trial Counsel for the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool for the past 20 years. For over 30 years he represented the City of Knoxville and Knox County in a variety of litigation on behalf of the City, County, or their employees.
Robert briefed and argued numerous cases in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts in Tennessee and all state courts of Tennessee. He was a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Knoxville Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association. He was a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2012, Robert was elected a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation.
He was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan School of Law and member of the Lincoln Memorial University Board of Trustees.
Robert was board certified in both Civil Pretrial Practice and Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He was listed as a preeminent trial attorney by Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years where he had an AV rating. He has been listed as both a SuperLawyer and a Top Attorney in Knoxville.
He was involved in several thousands of lawsuits in all state and federal courts in Tennessee. He was a trial lawyer and epitomizes what a trial lawyer is supposed to be. He was a "lawyer’s lawyer."
Robert lived life to the fullest. He loved his career, but was at heart a family man. His huge smile, generous spirit, and love of nature will be missed but not forgotten.
Return to Attorney Profiles