Born Evanston, Illinois; admitted to bar,1980, California; 1983, Alabama and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
Education Amherst College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974); University of Southern California (J.D., 1980). Phi Alpha Delta; Order of the Coif. Member, Southern California Law Review, 1978-1980.
Author “Rule 54(b) Orders: Are They Losing Their Appeal?”, 71 Alabama Lawyer 278 (July 2010). "Uninsured Motorist Coverage Exclusions: A Chronicle of the Alabama Decisions," 20 Cumberland Law Review 267 (1989-1990); "Common Law Remedies in Alabama for Contamination of Land" 29 Cumberland Law Review 37 (1998-1999).
Member: Mobile County Bar Association; State Bar of California; Alabama State Bar; Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.
William Watts has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of appellate law and has been named Best Lawyers 2012 Mobile Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).