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504-830-4962

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awatson@bluewilliams.com

April L. Watson

Of Counsel

Attorney Brief

Ms. Watson is Of Counsel and has been with the firm since 2019. Her practice primarily consists of complex commercial litigation, including tax, trust, estate and succession litigation. She has also handled cases involving professional liability defense for engineers, insurance agents, and attorneys as well as experience in products liability defense.  She represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout Louisiana and in multi-district litigation.  She has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association since 2004.

Education

Ms. Watson earned her undergraduate degree in business, marketing and public relations from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.  She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola School of Law where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. During law school she earned certificates in international law, civil law and common law, and studied law in Vienna, Austria, Budapest, Hungary, and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Narrative

Ms. Watson began her career handling business litigation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from which she gained both state and federal trial experience.  She also represented pharmaceutical and automotive manufacturers in products liability defense cases.  She now handles complex litigation for families and businesses, and has over a decade of litigation experience involving minor settlements, trusts, estates, and successions.  She has also been outside tax litigation counsel for the Department of Revenue for the State of Louisiana since 2004.

Awards and Recognition

Ms. Watson was honored to be named to the class of the 2018 City Business Women of the Year for her efforts in the business community and public service.  She was also profiled in 2018 in St. Charles Avenue Magazine.  In 2017, she received the City Business Leadership in Law Award and was a Children’s Advocacy Center Tree of Life Recipient for her advocacy work on behalf of children.  In 2014, Ms. Watson received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  She has served on the boards of multiple non-profits, including CASA New Orleans and the Association for Women Attorneys.

Bars, Courts, and Professional Affiliations

Ms. Watson is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before all Louisiana district and appellate courts as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts.