Andrew G. Watters
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2005.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2002.
Watters & Guèdenet, Redwood City, CA
Managing Partner (September 2017 to present)
Handle aggressively litigated civil and complex family law matters on behalf of a variety of clients.
Andrew G. Watters, Esq., San Mateo/Redwood City, CA
Litigation Attorney (July 2012 to August 2017)
Manage a practice of general civil litigation matters and commercial real estate transactions/litigation. Provide top-quality service to other attorneys located throughout the Bay Area in their own cases. Handled multiple trials, numerous depositions, and all manner of litigation proceedings, both individually and on an Of Counsel basis for multiple law firms. Attorneys served: Coddington, Hicks & Danforth, P.C., Redwood City, CA (A/V) (June 2016 to December 2016)–work on primarily high exposure insurance defense cases such as aviation accidents, trucking accidents, and fatal or complex auto accidents, plus insurance bad faith and general business litigation matters; SAC Attorneys, LLP, San Jose, CA (July 2013 to May 2016)–handle all of the firm’s civil litigation, including multiple trials, and supervise two associate attorneys and support staff; Law Offices of Parviz Darabi, Burlingame, CA (March 2013 to February 2017)–work on plaintiffs’ consumer fraud and employment cases, with extensive motion practice.
WealthPLAN LLP, San Jose, CA (A/V)
Litigation Attorney (January 2011 to July 2012)
Handled general civil and estate and trust litigation matters, including creditors’ claim lawsuits, that arose from firm’s specialized estate planning and administration practice. Took depositions of adverse parties and witnesses. Presented probate and trust-related petitions. Investigated and developed matters for trial, including extensive financial and other records, coordination with expert witnesses such as accountants and appraisers, client interviews, and written discovery and law and motion. In March 2011, second-chaired $7 million two-day court trial, including trial direct and cross examination of opposing party based on deposition previously taken. Supervised by Francis B. Doyle, Esq. (A/V).
Robinson & Wood, Inc., San Jose, CA (A/V)
Litigation Attorney (April 2010 to December 2010)
Assisted in the handling of general insurance defense matters (70%), plaintiffs’ personal injury/wrongful death matters (15%), and commercial litigation (15%). Took depositions of fact witnesses, including parties. Investigated and developed matters for trial. Conducted all necessary law and motion work and discovery, including Motions for Summary Adjudication. Supervised by Joseph C. Balestrieri, Esq. (A/V). Note: my time there was brief due to the firm downsizing.
O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP, Santa Rosa, CA (A/V)
Litigation Attorney (February 2006 to May 2009)
Handled general civil litigation (50%) and high-asset family law matters (50%). Worked up and tried (second chair) plaintiffs’ fraud/financial elder abuse matter from client intake in Fall 2006 to fifteen day jury trial in April 2009. Presented three day trial direct and re-direct examinations of two expert witnesses. For the petitioner/plaintiff, worked up aggressively litigated $56 million Dissolution of Marriage involving extensive financial irregularities, partnership valuation issues, a forty-three year marriage with a sixteen year separation, reverse-Pereira claims, stipulated distributions of multiple millions of dollars of property, and numerous motions, from client intake in February 2006 to departure from firm in May 2009. In October and November 2008, presented (first chair) five-day Feldman motion, conducted substantially as a trial, seeking $933,000 in attorney fees and sanctions under Family Code sec. 271 and sec. 2107. In June 2006, tried (second chair) ten day jury trial for defendant general contractor in construction defect matter. In 2008, tried (first chair) and prevailed in short-cause court trial in dispute between firm and former client over professional fees rendered. Assisted in dividing $25 million in assets and other issues at five day mediation. Prepared ninety-page “property narrative” from public records and aerial photography, proving community characterization by tracing property transactions and construction activities over a sixty year period (1948-2008). Took and defended depositions: thirty-two fact and expert depositions taken (range: 50-390 pages); eight party or party-affiliated depositions defended. Conducted client interviewing, initial development, and investigation of new matters. Prepared, filed, and argued all types of motions and orders to show cause. Handled all written discovery, and filed or opposed all discovery motions. 100% success rate on discovery motions. Interviewed, hired, and interfaced with expert witnesses. Supervised legal secretary and law clerk. Argued before First District Court of Appeal in free speech matter under Anti-SLAPP statute in 2007. Analyzed outpatient imaging center and ambulatory surgery center program model for 45-physician medical group under Federal “Stark II” regulation in 2007. Supervised by Michael G. Watters, Esq. (A/V) (2/23/2006-12/31/2008); by Joseph A. Piasta, Esq. (A/V) (1/1/2009-5/29/2009). After departure, testified in April 2010 for two days of seventy-three day private court trial, supporting award of over $2 million in attorney fees and costs to former client under Family Code sections 271, 1101, and 2030. Published case: Bonfigli v. Strachan (2011) 192 Cal. App. 4th 1302 (trial co-counsel).
UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA
Chief Web Developer (September 2003 to May 2005) (P/T)
American College of Legal Medicine: Self-Referral in Outpatient Imaging Centers–A Violation of Stark? ACLM Mid-Year Conference 2007, Chicago, IL.
ACTIVITIES, AWARDS, AND LICENSES
Attorney at Law, California Bar no. 237990 (admitted 11/22/2005).
Guest Lecturer, Stanford University Program in Writing and Rhetoric, 2011-2012.
American College of Legal Medicine: Member, 2006-2009.
Richard M. Sangster Inn of Court: Member, 2006-2009. Lead Presenter, Basic Appellate Practice, Spring 2008. Assistant Presenter, Bias in the Legal Profession, Spring 2009.
Active 20-30 International–Santa Rosa #50: Member, 2006-2009. Secretary, Spring 2008.
Silicon Valley Capital Club: Member, 2011-2012. Board member of “young executives” section.
UC Hastings College of the Law: Best brief award in Moot Court section, Spring 2003.
Theta Chi International Fraternity: President, Beta Alpha Chapter at UCLA, 2001.
UCLA Mock Trial: Attorney, Witness 2001-2002. National Championship participant 2002.
UCLA Speech and Debate/Forensics Team: member, 2001.
Total trials: fifteen (four jury trials and eleven court trials), plus one JAMS arbitration. Total depositions taken: seventy (median length 180 pages). Total depositions defended: twenty. Typing Speed: 80-90 wpm. Proficient in standard Windows/Mac office applications, plus image editors (Adobe Photoshop), advanced desktop publishing software (Adobe InDesign), design tools (Adobe Illustrator), Linux/Unix, HTML/CSS, and PHP/SQL web applications and websites (hand-coded).
California Bar no. 237990