Since becoming a licensed attorney in 2008, Evan Watson has devoted 100% of his time and efforts to DUI and criminal defense work. While practicing defense work at the law firm of Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, Mr. Watson defended close to 300 cases, ranging from speeding citations to felony homicide charges. The depth of his practice has allowed Mr. Watson to learn the ins and outs of North Georgia and Metro Atlanta courts, as well as the intricacies of Georgia criminal DUI law.
Evan graduated from Riverwood High School, in Atlanta’s Sandy Springs area, and then went on to earn his B.S. Degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. At The Citadel, Evan excelled in academics and military leadership, earning both Dean’s List and Commandant’s List Honors. He earned his J.D. From the Charleston School of Law in 2008. While in Charleston, Evan helped to spearhead the “My Study Place” initiative, a program that placed personal desks in the homes of over 50 local elementary school students.
As a member of the Georgia Criminal Defense Bar, Evan is constantly attending training to stay current on the latest defense strategies. Evan is a member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL). In 2010, Evan graduated GACDL’s Bill Daniels Trial Advocacy Program, an intensive program designed to give trial attorneys the real-world instruction and experience they need to master the art and science of courtroom advocacy. Evan attends the NCDD’s required biennial training to stay current on the latest scientific advances in the field of DUI defense.
Over the past 5 years as a Partner at Zeliff | Watson, Evan has had dozens of contested hearings, bench and jury trials, with a high rate of success. More case specific reviews can be found on Evan's avvo.com profile.
Evan is the past President of the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar (2015) and past member of the Forsyth County Tripartite Committee.
Other Training and Credentials
- Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, Winter Session 2013, Atlanta, Georgia, 16 class hours
- Forensic Alcohol Consulting, Intoxilyzer 9000 Training, Spring 2013
- National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), Spring Session 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana, 20.5 class hours
- Georgia Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Bill Daniels Trial Advocacy Program, Fall 2010, Pine Mountain, Georgia, 30 class hours
- National College of DUI Defense, Spring 2010, 3 Day Breath Testing Course, 20 class hours
- National Highway Transportation Safety Admin. (NHTSA), Fall 2009, DUI Detection & Field Sobriety Testing Course, 24 class and workshop hours
- National College of DUI Defense, Summer Session 2009 (NCDD), Cambridge, Massachusetts, 20.5 class hours
- Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE), Carlson on Evidence, Spring 2009, 8 class hours
- National Highway Transportation Safety Admin. (NHTSA), Spring 2009, DUI Detection & Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Course, 32 class and workshop hours
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), 2008 Fall Seminar, 16 class hours
Professional Associations & Memberships
- The National College of DUI Defense
- The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- The State Bar of Georgia, Criminal Defense Section
- The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100