Joe Watson, Attorney at Law

Joe Watson, Attorney at LawJoe Watson is a lifelong resident of Greenville, SC. He attended Greenville Public Schools, then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Furman University in 1975, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in 1978. He was admitted to the SC bar that same year. Upon graduation, Watson worked as an Assistant Solicitor in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit under Billy Wilkins and Bill Traxler. In 1982, Watson decided to leave the Solicitors office and establish a private law practice.

On May 3, 1985, the Honorable Richard W. Riley, Governor of South Carolina, appointed Watson as Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor to fill the unexpired term of William B. Traxler, Jr. In 1986, 1990, and 1994, Watson was elected to serve four year terms as Solicitor of Pickens and Greenville counties.

Watson served on several boards, committees and professional organizations during his tenure as Solicitor including the Executive Board of the SC Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, the South Carolina Solicitors’ Association (President 1994-95), the Rotary Club of Greenville, Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Boy’s Club, Advisory Committee for the Drug Free School And Communities program for the Greenville County school district. He was also appointed to the Advisory Board of the Greenville Technical College Alternative Educational Opportunity Program “Operation Success.” Watson was the Thirteenth Circuit’s delegate to the Criminal Law Council of the South Carolina Bar and in was appointed in March of 1991 to the Criminal Drafting Committee for the South Carolina Uniform Jury Charge Project. He is also an Ex Officio member of Crimestoppers.

Many committees on which Watson has served focus on ensuring justice for children and the underprivileged. Watson served on the South Carolina Bar’s Justice for All task force, the Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Educational Resource Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, the Committee to Study Juvenile Crime Issues, and the South Carolina Victim Assistance Policy Committee, created by the SC General Assembly to advance policy for the State Office of Victim Assistance. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court to the SC Domestic Violence Task Force, and in 1995 was appointed to serve on the Juvenile Justice Panel for Senate District 7.

In 1997, Watson was elected by South Carolina legislature to serve as Circuit Court Judge. During his five years on the bench he held court in every judicial circuit in the state of South Carolina. After his term, Watson decided to re-enter private practice in 2002, which continues to this day.

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