- Shareholder - Managing Partner Tampa
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1970
Washington & Lee University, A.B., Psychology, 1967
All Florida State Courts
U.S. Supreme Court
The Florida Bar
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Florida Citrus Processors Association, Executive Director (2013-present)
National Juice Products Association, Executive Director (1999-2003)
Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables, Member (2002-2003)
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Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating
For almost 43 years, Mr. Watson has been actively involved before the Florida Public Service Commission on a variety of matters relating primarily to natural gas public utilities and non-utility electric generators. His natural gas utility experience includes representation of utilities in contested rate and recovery clause cases, franchise areas, special contracts, the regulatory treatment of natural gas contracts, new tariff provisions, and administrative rulemaking proceedings. His non-utility generator experience includes representation of such entities in connection with the negotiation or amendment of power purchase and interconnection agreements with electric public utilities, obtaining lender approval of amendments to power purchase agreements and other financing documents, and litigation involving disputes over various provisions of power purchase agreements between non-utility generators and electric public utilities. He has also advised clients with respect to the Florida Natural Gas Pipeline Siting Act, on which he provided input to the Florida Legislature before the law’s enactment.
During the same period, Mr. Watson has advised individual and trade association member clients with respect to food labeling and other regulated food issues, primarily in the area of fruit and vegetable juices and juice products.