• Group 4 General Info
  • Group 5 Bio
  • Shape Law

General Info

Email: rwatts@wickersmith.com
Direct: (407) 317-2166
Fax: (407) 649-8118
Offices: Orlando

Biography

Raymond E. Watts, Jr., joined Wicker Smith in 1992 and is a partner in the Orlando office. For over 25 years, Mr. Watts has actively litigated a wide variety of general civil litigation in both the state and federal courts. He represents clients in the defense of professional malpractice, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, automobile/trucking negligence, construction and long term care claims.

He has extensive trial experience both in Florida and throughout the country while serving as national trial counsel for several clients. Ray has earned a number of honors and distinctions including an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell, inclusion in listing of Orlando’s Top Lawyers, and selection to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a premier invitation only trial lawyer’s organization.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from the University of Florida and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University in 1989, where he was also a member of the Mercer Law Review from 1987-1989. He is a member of The Florida Bar, State Bar of Arizona, Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association, Orange County Bar Association, and Defense Research Institute. Mr. Watts has lectured at state and national conferences, sharing his best practices in the defense of various claims.

Education

  • Mercer University (J.D., 1989); Mercer Law Review 1987-1989
  • University of Florida (B.A., 1986)

Admitted

  • 1989, Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 2007, Arizona

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Honors

  • US Army Reserve 1986-1992

Speeches & Publications

  • Risk Management in the Nursing Home, Florida Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting (July 30, 2016)
  • Trends in Insurance Coverage for Construction Claims, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (May 20, 2016)
  • Defending the Hospital Negligent Credentialing Claim, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (May 20, 2016)
  • Beware of the Reptile: A No Longer Rare Deposition Trend, Florida Health Care Association Annual Conference & Trade Show, Orlando, FL (July 8, 2014)
  • The Use of Social Media as an Investigative Tool, Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, San Diego, CA (April 1, 2014)
  • Turning Today’s LTC Documentation into Tomorrow’s Liability Claim Defense, Florida Health Care Association Annual Conference & Trade Show, Hollywood, FL (August 6, 2013)
  • Medical Malpractice II – 10 Minute Drill, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 7, 2013)
  • Arbitration Agreements, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 8, 2012)
  • Preservation of Evidence in Claims Investigation, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 10, 2011)
  • Defending Catastrophic Injury Cases, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 11, 2010)
  • The New and Improved Long-Term Care Outlook, 8th Annual Medical Professional Liability Symposium (March 11 – 12, 2008)