That’s right, next month will mark Watters’ 40th anniversary with the one and only law firm for which he’s ever worked: Fresno-based Miles, Sears, & Eanni. In recognition of that successful career, Watters was profiled by writer Stephen Ellison in the July 2013 issue of Plaintiff magazine, the feature article of which begins with some fatherly advice that Watters wasn’t immediately ready to accept:
A Fresno native, Watters was attending law school at Santa Clara University and clerking at an insurance defense firm in San Jose when he got what would turn out to be a career-altering phone call from Dad.
“My father told me there’s a very good small firm here in Fresno you should talk to,” Watters recalled, “and like most college kids, I thought, ‘What did my dad know?’ My dad was a salesman. But I came back home and interviewed with Miles, Sears and Eanni – they did 99 percent plaintiffs’ work – and they hired me. I started before I took the bar in August of 1973, and here I am. I’ve spent my whole career at one firm.”
Starting out with small personal injury cases, Watters has gone on to become one of the top catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and product liability plaintiffs’ attorneys in the state.
One of his more recent cases, Reyes v. Lions Raisins, Inc., resulted last year in an $11.5-million verdict for a former Fresno school teacher who was severely injured by a piece of iron that became dislodged from a tractor-trailer she was driving behind on Highway 99 (see brainscan image at right).
Four decades into an amazing career, Watters is showing no signs of slowing down. A product liability case against Ford Motor Company is scheduled to go to trial in September, and most recently he was retained to represent the family of one of the victims who died in the horrific limousine fire that occurred in the Bay Area this past May.
Congratulations to Richard Watters. We are honored here at Executive Presentations to count him as a client, to salute his involvement with the American Board of Trial Advocates, and to recognize and celebrate his unique, rich, and dynamic career.
The full article on Richard Watters can be read here at the Plantiff Magazine website.