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Lawrence M. Watson Jr.



One Orlando Centre
800 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32803


(407) 661-1123


(800) 863-1462



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After becoming a member of the Florida Bar in 1969, Lawrence M. Watson, Jr. developed an extensive background in litigating and mediating complex multiparty, commercial disputes and construction claims. In 1988, while serving as chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and litigation counsel for the Carlton Fields law firm, Mr. Watson became one of the first civil trial mediators certified by the Florida Supreme Court. Since then, Mr. Watson has maintained a practice as a mediator and third-party neutral, designing, administering and executing a wide range of dispute resolution procedures.

Effective December 31, 2023, Mr. Watson’s practice focus has shifted to commercial arbitration and dispute resolution process design.


J.D., University of Florida, Levin College of Law

Advanced Negotiations Program, Harvard University Law School

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (All Circuits)
Certified U.S. District Court Mediator, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator

Memberships and Awards

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Distinguished Neutral of the Year (2022)
Florida Dispute Resolution Center Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award (2015)
Florida Dispute Resolution Center Award of Merit (2014)
Past President, Founder and Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators; Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators Award of Merit (2000)
Past Chair, FL Supreme Court Standing Committee on Mediation and Arbitration Rules & Procedures
Past Co-Chair, ABA Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee
Past Chair, ABA Section of Litigation, ADR Committee
Former Division Director, ABA Section of Litigation
Past President, The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers' Section

  • "Effective Advocacy in Mediation, a Planning Guide for a Civil Trial Mediation"
  • The Case for Mediated Case Management
  • The Art & Science of Bracket Negotiations


  • "Survey on Arbitration"

ABA Section of Litigation Task Force on ADR Effectiveness
Presentations: ABA Section of Litigation, Section of Dispute Resolution, Forum on the Construction Industry; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; The Florida Bar; South Carolina Bar; Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers; Cook County (Chicago, Ill.) Judiciary.

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Super Lawyers bugListed in Best Lawyers in America 2005-2021; Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration, 2016, 2018 (Orlando)

Rated Super Lawyer 2006-2018

Areas Of Practice

  • Antitrust
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Environmental/Land Use
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Local Government
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Securities
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trademark/Copyright
  • Wrongful Death