An eighth-generation Texan, Will Watson was raised in the sandy hills and pine thickets of Hays Spring, just west of Grapeland, Texas. Will graduated from Grapeland High School in 2010, after which he received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, cum laude, from Sam Houston State University in 2013. Will then received his Master of Arts in Theology in 2018 from Fuller Theological Seminary, followed in December 2022 by his Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law.
While in law school, Will earned Dean’s List honors every semester. He was also a contributing writer for the journal Texas Bank Lawyer and a member of the Estate and Property Law Society. Will interned for the Honorable Lowell Kregg Hukill, Judge of the 242nd District Court of Texas, during the summer of 2021 and worked as a law clerk for Stephen L. Rohde & Associates in Swisher County, Texas, during the spring and summer of 2022.
Will’s career in the law began after he passed the February 2023 Texas Uniform Bar Exam. He primarily practices estate planning, probate, real estate, business formation, and guardianship law. He feels most satisfied with his work when he’s helped clients gracefully face the tough “life questions” inherently posed by estate planning and when he’s been able to empathetically counsel probate clients as they work to balance their grief, the administration of their loved one’s estate, and everyday life.
Prior to law school, Will worked as a high school teacher and youth minister for six years. Somewhere in between he worked as a sports editor for his local newspaper and served a term on the Grapeland City Council. Will currently serves as Board Chairman of the JRW Foundation, a scholarship fund founded by him and his wife, Krisann, in honor of their late daughter, Julianne. The fund benefits graduating seniors from Grapeland High School.
When he’s not practicing law, Will enjoys spending time with Krisann and their four fantastic (albeit somewhat feral) boys, reading (something he still enjoys in spite of law school), writing, studying Texas history (both the facts and the myths), and having front porch visits with family back home in the Pineywoods.