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Richard A. Watts


Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation


  • Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University (J.D., 1992)
  • University of Florida (B.A., 1989)


Richard “Rusty” A. Watts practices in the workers’ compensation section of the firm. Mr. Watts was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1992 and has concentrated his area of practice in workers’ compensation defense and liability defense.

Mr. Watts is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Workers’ Compensation Section. He also serves as a part-time professor at the Georgia State University Law School and School of Risk Management and Insurance, as well as Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business.

Mr. Watts received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University where he served as chairman of the Moot Court Board and received the Most Outstanding Oralist Award at the 1991 Florida Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Watts earned his B.A. degree from the University of Florida in 1989 where he was inducted into the Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary and served as president of the university’s nationally ranked debate team.


  • State Bar of Georgia

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author, "New Strategic Considerations in Workers' Compensation Cases Involving Undocumented Workers"
  • Co-author, "The Impact of the Baby Boomer Demographic on Workers' Compensation Systems"
  • "Showcase Showdown Between Workers' Compensation and Federal Laws," National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association National Seminar, March 1, 2017

Awards & Recognitions

  • Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star, Atlanta Magazine, 2005
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Interests/Additional Information

Mr. Watts enjoys swimming and playing golf.

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