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Benjamin B. Watson - Seattle, WA

403 Columbia StreetSuite 500 Seattle, WA 98104

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Seattle Plaintiffs' Civil Litigation -- Sexual Abuse Lawyer

Overview

Benjamin Watson began training as a lawyer in college as the captain of the mock trial team, where he competed—and won—in regional mock trial competitions. He recognized that he flourished in an environment with a set of rules and facts around which he could create and apply theories to support a position, and he applied to law school. Today, at PCVA, Benjamin uses his talents and experiences to represent injured people and victims of childhood sex abuse at settlement or trial...
Benjamin Watson began training as a lawyer in college as the captain of the mock trial team, where he competed—and won—in regional mock trial competitions. He recognized that he flourished in an environment with a set of rules and facts around which he could create and apply theories to support a position, and he applied to law school. Today, at PCVA, Benjamin uses his talents and experiences to represent injured people and victims of childhood sex abuse at settlement or trial.

Benjamin is an integral part of the team that represents victims in abuse claims against entities that have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for children, including the Boy Scouts of America and various Catholic dioceses. In many cases, the abuses occurred decades ago and the victims no longer have access to the courts due to state statutes of limitations. In states with strict time limits, Benjamin worked with the team to file claims against the BSA during its bankruptcy process. In other states, where previously time-barred claims are now allowed to be brought, Benjamin is the lead associate handling all BSA cases and is the lead associate in cases against dioceses in Pennsylvania. As lead associate, he is responsible for coordinating complaints, lawsuits, depositions, motions, and more.

Benjamin has always gravitated towards helping others, particularly through their dark times. From this experience, he understands how difficult it is for anyone, especially childhood sex abuse victims, to dig up traumatic memories in order to mount a legal case. He believes his initial conversation with the client is critical, and is mindful that in many cases the victim has been denied a voice for years. He works to build trust by being a compassionate and thoughtful listener and letting the client control the flow of the exchange.

When talking to a victim about the abuse they experienced, Benjamin follows a proven strategy. More than anything, he believes it is his job to let them finally feel heard, and to memorialize their experience in writing. This, he knows, is worth a lot to most victims, regardless of the case outcome or financial compensation. For many, to be heard and to have their pain recognized by someone who wants to help and who listens without judgement or doubt is the first step toward closure and healing.

About Benjamin B. Watson

Practice Areas

  • Plaintiffs' Civil Litigation -- Sexual Abuse
  • Plaintiffs' Civil Litigation -- Personal Injury

Litigation

  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Associate

Languages

  • English (Primary)

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2020

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 2020
    J.D.
  • Washington State University , 2016
    B.A.

Past Positions

  • Peterson Wampold Rosato Feldman Luna, Law Clerk, 2019 - 2020
  • King County Superior Court, Judicial Extern, - 2019

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Benjamin B. Watson

Included on the 2024 Washington list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Washington Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Benjamin B. Watson on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • CALI Award in Trial Advocacy II, 2019
  • CALI Award in International Law, 2018

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Address

403 Columbia StreetSuite 500 Seattle, WA 98104

Fax

  • 206-623-3624

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