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Herman Austin Watson IV

Herman Austin Watson IV

Watson Law Office, P.C.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury
  • California, Montana
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You could say he is well-rounded: Herman was born in Macon, Georgia, where etiquette and manners make an impression. However, he grew up in Montana, settling scores with a friendly punch in the face. As for schooling, the third-generation criminal defense attorney went to preparatory school outside Boston, where he learned well how to read and write, but attended college in Portland, Oregon, where he avoided doing either, choosing instead to invest in the burgeoning beer market; Herman has worked in and managed several bars across the globe. After year-long sojourns in Oxford, England, and Holland, where he studied international criminal law, Herman returned to San Francisco, where he finished law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and took up his true passion: fighting the government (a.k.a. criminal defense). Herman studied under a Blum Scholarship and graduated cum laude, also receiving an esteemed Excellence for the Future Award. Since then, Herman has trained under the legendary Tony Serra at Pier 5 Law Offices, old-guard attorney from the Barbary Coast and long-time defender of civil rights, as well as the zealous marijuana guru, Kali S. Grech at Green Street Law Group. Herman has also specialized in narcotics defense, marijuana law, and DUI/DWI, and is licensed in both Montana and California. He has graduated from the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School and been certified in DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (the same course certification received by police officers trained in DUI investigation). When Herman is out of the courtroom, he is either traveling or climbing the many rocks and mountains of Southwest Montana. Crowning achievements to date, Herman climbed the Grand Teton when he was 9, meeting Alex Lowe along the way, and once shot a perfect game of pool.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Watson Law Office, P.C.
- Current
Mercer University
Trial Practice Institute (2016)
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University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
J.D. (2012)
Honors: Cum Laude
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Leiden Universitat
Study of International Law (2011) | International Criminal Law
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Lewis & Clark College
B.A. (2007) | Philosophy
Honors: Distinction in Acting (Out of Departmental Honors)
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Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Top ranked criminal and DUI attorney.
First Place
Iditarod Trail Invitational
350-mile race foot champion.
Excellence for the Future
Professional Associations
Montana State Bar  # 39503961
- Current
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Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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California State Bar
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Articles & Publications
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Contact & Map
Watson Law Office
101E Main St
Ste C
Bozeman, MT 59715
Telephone: (406) 586-4707
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Email for afterhours appointments.