About Attorney Ethan M. Watts
Ethan M. Watts is a lawyer specializing in business law, intellectual property law, real estate law and internet and cyber law. Mr. Watts began his legal career at the highly regarded boutique business and real estate litigation law firm of Mazzarella Dunwoody & Caldarelli, LLP.1 Mr. Watts then joined the San Diego office of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, a full-service law firm with offices across California, before opening up his own practice. Mr. Watts has more than 14 years of experience in business and real estate litigation, and his current practice also includes business startups and transactions, intellectual property law and litigation, cyber law / internet law related matters and outside general counsel services.2 Mr. Watts advises clients on data privacy and security law compliance and is CIPP/US certified with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Mr. Watts earned a B.S. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of San Diego. While in law school, Mr. Watts was the lead articles editor for the San Diego International Law Journal. Mr. Watts was also a member of the Entrepreneurship Clinic where he began his experience in helping entrepreneurs with legal issues such as business entity formation (corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and partnerships), business licensing and contract drafting, review and negotiation. During law and business school, Mr. Watts worked as a web designer (including designing and developing the websites for the University of San Diego Law and Business schools) and as a law clerk in the subrogation department of the San Diego law firm Brownwood Chazen & Cannon. Prior to law and business school, Mr. Watts was a professional volleyball player and a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic indoor volleyball team, and worked in the information technology services industry.
During his legal career Mr. Watts has been active in numerous attorney and professional organizations, such as the American Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Law Section of State Bar of California / California Lawyers Association, and he is currently Chair of the Business and Corporate Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association ("SDCBA"), a co-founding member of the Executive Comittee for the SDCBA Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Section and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Mr. Watts has also previously been a member of the Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court, The J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court, the University of San Diego School of Business Administration Alumni Council and the Board of Directors of U.S.A. Volleyball. Mr. Watts is admitted to practice before all California state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, May 2004
- Lead Articles Editor, San Diego International Law Journal
- Highest grade, Open Memo for Lawyering Skills
B.S. Psychology, Brigham Young University, May 1997
- Academic All American
- Inducted into the Brigham Young University Athletic Hall of Fame
Member of the California State Bar
IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional / United States
Founder, Watts Law Offices, San Diego, CA
Associate Attorney, Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, San Diego, CA
Associate Attorney, Mazzarella Caldarelli LLP, San Diego, CA
Contract Attorney, Larabee & Gruenberg, San Diego, CA
Law Clerk, Brownwood Chazen & Cannon, San Diego, CA
Member, Entrepreneurship Clinic, USD School of Law, San Diego, CA
Co-Founder, All Pro Sports Group
Web Developer/Designer, University of San Diego School of Law
Web Developer/Designer, University of San Diego School of Business Administration
Professional Volleyball Player & Player Representative (Board of Directors), U.S.A. Volleyball, San Diego, CA
Office Manager, Computer Education Specialists, San Diego, CA
Office Manager, Records Retrieval Incorporated, Tulsa, OK
State Bar of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
San Diego County Bar Association, Chair of the Business & Corporate Law Section
Co-Founding Member of the Executive Comittee for the San Diego County Bar Association Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Section
San Diego County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
American Bar Association
International Association of Privacy Professionals
University of San Diego School of Business Administration Alumni Council
Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
Volleyball, Jiu Jitsu, Outdoors, Website Development, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
1 See article at thefreelibrary.com here regarding the founding of the Mazzarella, Dunwoody & Caldarelli law firm.
2 See the practice areas page for more detail on Mr. Watts' current practice areas.