Thomas C. Watts, III, Esq.

Exceptional judgement, decisiveness, and objectivity.
Professional depth in all matters of civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, and complex transactional matters. AV Rated
Contact Information

Thomas C. Watts, III, Esq.
(714) 364-0100


While involved in the trial or resolution of cases throughout the state, Mr. Watts has always maintained his strong roots in Southern California. Married for over 40 years, he is the father of two daughters. He is an avid Outdoorsman and fervent golfer. Tom is also active in youth sports and civic affairs, having served many years on the Yorba Linda Parks and Recreation Commission.


  • Master of Laws, Dispute Resolution * 2006-2008
    Pepperdine University, School of Law, Straus Institute
  • Juris Doctorate * 1974-1977
    Western State Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science * 1970-1974
    Chapman College (now Chapman University)

Teaching and Lecturing

  • University of La Verne, College of Law, Ontario, CA
    Adjunct Professor of Law – Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation
  • Amity University, Noida, India, Lecturer
    Cross Cultural Communication, Managing Cognitive Bias, Negotiation
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar, Lecturer
    Juror Bias, Mediation Advocacy, Negotiation, Arbitration Advocacy

Court and Private Dispute Resolution Panels

  • Inland Valley Arbitration and Mediation Services (IVAMS)
  • Riverside County Bar Association General Civil & Probate
  • Orange County Courts General Civil/Probate/Family Laws
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Bankruptcy Court for Los Angeles Orange and Riverside Courts


  • United States Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Court Central District
  • United States District Court Northern District
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Member
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Former Member
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Founding/Former Member
  • Williston Senate
    American Inns of Court Pepperdine/Straus Charter Member

Civic Involvement

  • Orange and Riverside County Moot Court Programs
  • Over 30 years of volunteer service as judge pro-tem for Settlement Conferences, Small Claims, Traffic Calendars
  • Orange County Bar Association Fee Dispute Arbitrator
  • Yorba Linda Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Chairman Yorba Linda General Plan Advisory Committee
  • Numerous appearances before the Yorba Linda City Council on matters of public concern.