Watson Law
Watson Law

Chuck Watson

Chuck Watson

Everybody's problems are different and need  personalized solutions. I do all that I can to treat you as an individual - not "just another client."


My practice concentrates in:

  • Employment, Wrongful Discharge, Harassment, Unpaid Wages, Overtime and related matters. Civil Rights and Discrimination.
  • Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Paternity, Support,  Domestic Violence and related matters.

I represent a variety of clients, including all kinds and types of employees. I also help small businesses who want to be good employers. I can represent you before the federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration.


I believe hard work, common sense and practical judgment are key to meeting your legal needs.


Court Admissions
  • Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1987



  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1983
    •  J.D., With Honors
    •  Drake Law Review, 1982 - 1983
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1980
    • B.S., Economics


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sangamon County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • NELA llinois, Member
  • Sojourn Shelter & Services Board,  Member, President of Board (2015-17)
  • Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL) Board, Member, President of Board (2016-17)

Past Employment Positions

  • Watson & Linder, Managing Member, 2009 - 2011
  • Watson Law, Owner, 1995 - 2009
  • Feldman & Wasser, Attorney, 1991 - 1995
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General, 1986 - 1991
    • Deputy Chief, General Law Division, Illinois Attorney General's Office, 1988 - 1991
    • Administrator, Court of Claims, Illinois Attorney General's Office, 1990 - 1991
  • McConnell, Kennedy, Quinn & Johnston, Ltd., Attorney, 1983 - 1986

Family Information

  • Born September 27, 1956, in Peoria, Illinois, United States of America to Caroline Shinkle Watson and Hon. James R. Watson
  • Married to Sarah Seiler Watson, the executive director of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, which administers the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
  • Father to John Watson and Elisabeth Watson Kaiser
    • John served five years in the US Marines, and is now working for the State of Illinois, after working for the Speaker of the Illinois House
    • Elisabeth works as a cook and trainer for Whole Foods in St. Louis, MO
  • Proud owner and friend of two great mutts, "Lucy" and "Georgia", and a cat named "Kitten"

Contact Me:


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Chuck Watson

Watson Law

206 S. Sixth St.

Springfield, IL 62701

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