Watson is a graduate of highly selective Smith College in Massachusetts, where she excelled in both academics and athletics (she was captain of the varsity softball team). A native of the Pacific Northwest, she returned to her home region to attend law school at Seattle University, where she also earned a Master's degree in Sports Administration and Leadership.
Criminal law interested Watson from the beginning. And an experience shadowing a prosecutor while she was in school made it very clear to her which side she wanted to be on. Watson was disappointed to see that some prosecutors displayed a clear lack of respect for defendants . . . and their rights to a good defense and a fair trial. She decided then that her calling was to help defend those rights.
A member of both the Washington and the California state bar associations, Watson took 23 cases to jury trial in her first couple years as a licensed attorney. In 15 of these cases, she won not-guilty verdicts for her clients; and she successfully got the charges dismissed in 2 more. She has a particular focus on misdemeanor cases, including domestic violence, misdemeanor assault, DUI, and drug possession cases.
After one of her DUI trials, the judge declared that Watson's cross-examination of an investigating officer was one of the best he had seen in 30 years on the bench. Not bad for an attorney who was only a few years out of law school at the time! Watson's energy, thorough knowledge of the law, and "street smarts" make her an incredibly effective advocate for her clients.
A member of the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Watson fills her time outside of work with cooking, hiking, camping, and fast-pitch softball.