Lawrence M. Watson, Jr. has practiced exclusively in litigation and alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis in complex multiparty, commercial problems and construction claims since becoming a member of The Florida Bar in 1969. In 1988, while serving as chairman of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyer's Section 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.
Professional Education and Qualifications
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
Certified E-Discovery Specialist, Association of E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)
Awards, Memberships, Publications
Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
Florida Dispute Resolution Center Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award (2015)
Florida Dispute Resolution Center Award of Merit (2014)
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators Award of Merit (2000)
Past President, Founder and Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
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
Author: "Effective Advocacy in Mediation, a Planning Guide for a Civil Trial Mediation","The Case for Mediated Case Management"
Co-Author: "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.
Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2005-2021; Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration, 2016, 2018 (Orlando)
Rated Super Lawyer 2006-2018