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Douglas Edward Watts - #182274

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Bar Number: 182274    
Address: Watts Law Offices
193 Blue Ravine Rd.
Suite 100
Folsom, CA 95630
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Phone Number: (916) 673-9008
Fax Number: (916) 404-5031
e-mail: rtda@hdya.orghkfpabp@lkkybr.orguchhr@egahortj.comkrkymopw@etloa.eduaimph@enyca.netnaohbdqfk@fbfhprbe.comdoqytw@wyuj.govloqpfa@otg.govwaoalfoyh@pfida.comiilhq@dhtlk.orgsrjpwqoo@ogqru.govfcha@wcyu.edupkfhjdo@itud.commpyqkj@gpoftma.edudwatts@wattslaw-norcal.compyebaws@ojojdg.govfngqr@hfcgtew.govsfiimlsw@eayqmu.govitlbg@hncb.netgjynspb@qcbdpmhk.edu 
County: Sacramento
Undergraduate School: Univ of California Davis; Davis CA
District: District 3    
Sections: Labor & Employment
Solo & Small Firm
Law School: Univ of Idaho COL; Moscow ID

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
6/25/2015 Active  
4/26/2015 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
6/9/1996 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

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Disciplinary and Related Actions

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4/26/2015 Discipline w/actual suspension 14-O-03053 Not Eligible To Practice Law 

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4/26/2015 14-O-3053 Stipulation [PDF]

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April 26, 2015

DOUGLAS EDWARD WATTS [#182274], 47, of Folsom, was suspended from the practice of law for 60 days and ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. He was also placed on two years' probation and faces a two-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. The order took effect April 26, 2015.

Watts stipulated to making multiple misrepresentations under oath which he knew to be false in order to mislead a judicial officer. In 2011, he was hired to represent a client in a personal injury matter. After the client reneged on their original fee agreement and threatened to fire him, Watts agreed to accept $5,000 of the $15,000 proposed settlement with the insurance company, and said he would put it toward a $3,107 lien a chiropractor had against his client. Watts unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate the lien with the chiropractor and did not pay it.

Watts also did not appear for trial in a small claims matter the chiropractor filed and the court issued a judgment, which Watts appealed. At a second trial, Watts testified falsely, claiming among other things that he'd never been able to settle with the insurance company and did not receive a portion of the settlement proceeds. After trial, the chiropractor contacted the insurance company and learned of the settlement and informed the court. Watts reiterated his false claims in a declaration he filed with the court, leading the judge to report him to the State Bar. Watts ultimately paid the lien.

In mitigation, he was suffering extreme emotional difficulties at the time of his misconduct, submitted evidence of his good character and had no prior record of discipline.

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