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Keith W. Watters

Keith W. Watters has been licensed to practice law for over 36 years, having founded the firm in 1980. Throughout his life, he has continually devoted himself to the legal profession and the welfare of his community. He has earned an impressive reputation and is an honest, knowledgeable, and well-respected attorney.

Many accolades and honors have been awarded to Mr. Watters for his dedicated service. In 2010, he was voted Trial Lawyer of the Year. He has received awards from the National Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Washington Bar Association, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He has received more than 11 awards from the National Bar Association, including the Gertrude E. Rush Award in 2014. This award is given to those who demonstrate leadership in human and civil rights, legal education, public policy, and social activism. Mr. Watters is also a Life Sustaining Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, in which membership is limited to 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction who demonstrate outstanding dedication to their community and the legal profession.
Mr. Watters graduated with honors from Ithaca College in 1976. While a student at Ithaca, Mr. Watters was employed as a journalist and published numerous articles on the women's rights movement, the Central Intelligence Agency, workers' rights, and civil rights issues. He then received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979.

Mr. Watters served as president of the Washington Bar Association (1988-1990), the National Bar Association (1995-1996), and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2006-2007). He is currently the president of the Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He also served on a number of American Bar Association committees throughout the years, including Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Professional Discipline, and Medical Professional Liability.

In 1997, Mr. Watters led an 80-member delegation from the National Bar Association to Africa to discuss the rule of law in the emerging democracy of Ghana. That same year he conferred a conference on online racism that exposed the activities of white supremacy groups on the Internet. In 2000, Mr. Watters was elected to the Board of Trustees of Ithaca College and served successive terms until 2010. During his tenure as trustee, he forcefully advocated for a diversified college and greater financial aid, among other things. In addition to his leadership roles, Mr. Watters is a frequent legal commentator on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and many more.

Mr. Watters is married to Patricia Watters, who is in practice with him. They have three children, Katherine, Michael, and Ryan.
  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • Maryland, 1986
  • New York, 1987
  • United States Supreme Court, 1994
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1980
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1980
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 1980
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1986
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1981
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1981
  • United States Tax Court, 1981
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia, 1980
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, 1981
PatriciaWattersBIO — law services in Washington DC

Patricia A. Watters

Patricia A. Watters handles a significant amount of the firm's appellate work. She is exceptionally skilled in preparing appellate briefs and writing compelling legal arguments in both state and federal appeals.

Mrs. Watters graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1981. She then received her law degree from Tulane University Law School in 1984. Upon graduation, Mrs. Watters was a law clerk for three years to United States District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Before joining Keith Watters & Associates with her husband, Mrs. Watters worked as legislative counsel to Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. She also worked in a private practice firm in New Orleans, where she gained considerable litigation and trial experience.
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • District of Columbia, 1991