Will Watts - New Directing Attorney of PC's Homelessness Prevention Law Project

Public Counsel is excited to announce that Wilbert (Will) H. Watts, Jr. is the new Directing Attorney for the Homelessness Law Prevention Project (HPLP).  Prior to joining Public Counsel, Mr. Watts was a partner in the downtown Los Angeles office of DLA Piper LLP where he practiced in all areas of real estate representing major financial institutions, investment funds, developers of major projects throughout Southern California, and insurance companies.  Throughout his legal career, Mr. Watts has also represented numerous nonprofit organizations and public private partnerships, providing assistance in obtaining tax-exempt status, corporate governance support and negotiating various agreements, including arrangements with the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles.  


In 2009, Mr. Watts was named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2010, Mr. Watts was honored with one of the National LGBT Bar Association's inaugural 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 awards. He was also recognized by DLA Piper each of the six years during his tenure for the pro bono service including issues of economic development and urban revitalization in Los Angeles as well as organizations assisting women in West Africa and seeking to eradicate HIV/AIDS.  Mr. Watts received his B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University in 1996 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1999.