Thomas Watson J.D. ’89 has been appointed by the city of South Lake Tahoe to serve as city attorney. Watson has served in numerous governmental capacities since 1989. A specialist in construction litigation, Mr. Watson joined the Fresno law firm of Kimble, MacMichael & Upton upon completion of an internship with the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. After three years with KMU, Mr. Watson joined the Tulare County Counsel’s office, obtaining expertise in governmental construction and entitlements, which resulted in his serving as LAFCO counsel for the County.
In 2002, Mr. Watson left Tulare County to establish his current firm, Fike, Boranian & Watson. In 2005, Mr. Watson was appointed as a Judge Pro Tem for the Office of Administrative Services, a judicial arm of the State of California. Since 2008, Mr. Watson has served as the city attorney for Mendota and has been Woodlake’s city attorney for over 16 years.
Passionate about the legal profession, Mr. Watson conducted seminars and classes about legal issues and processes in six countries on four continents. Continually engaged in legal education, Mr. Watson has served as a judge for international legal competitions in the United States, Europe and China. Mr. Watson is married to Dr. Jennifer Watson and they have two children.