“As an appellate lawyer, my practice focuses on the very fabric of the law, determining how to successfully apply the finest legal nuances to protect our clients’ interests.”
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An appellate lawyer and professor, Gary Watt handles writs and appeals in all California appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
A consummate appellate lawyer, Gary’s practice deals primarily with writs and appeals to contest the outcome of cases in the lower courts. Recognizing that creating a proper record in the trial courts is an essential ingredient for any appeal, Gary also prepares key motions such as summary judgment, in limine and post-trial motions in numerous cases.
Gary’s appellate experience gives him unique insights into complex cases and esoteric disputes. He excels at exploring the facts to uncover the underlying issues of a case and arrive at thoughtful solutions to business problems. His practice includes risk management such as interpreting contracts, indemnity provisions and more.
Gary is chair of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’ appellate practice section and a frequent lecturer in MCLE courses on complex trial issues, writs and appeals. An Adjunct Professor of appellate advocacy at Hastings College of the Law, Gary helps educate future generations of California lawyers. He is also Director of the Hastings Appellate Project, a program where Hastings students handle real appeals in the Ninth Circuit, providing legal representation to in pro bono cases. Gary also teaches moot court and appellate advocacy and serves as faculty coach for national moot court competition teams at Hastings.
Gary brings his appellate and business litigation practice from the McNamara law firm, where he was a partner for five years and chaired the firm’s appellate practice.
Gary A. Watt, Partner
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Gary is the primary contributor to Archer Norris’s California Appellate Law Blog. To read the blog, please click here.
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