Stan Watts, managing partner of Dohrer & Watts, PLC, in Phoenix, has been named the 2014 Robert R. Mills Member of the Year. “Stan’s dedication to the MCBA spans many years, but this year is special, as his contributions have provided so much of the backbone for our Centennial Year,” wrote his nominator.
Noted for his quiet, unassuming demeanor, Watts has contributed enormously to the MCBA as well as to preserving the history of the legal profession in Arizona. Besides serving on the MCBA’s 2014 Centennial Committee, he is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Maricopa County Justice Museum and Learning Center.
In addition, he is a longtime member of the Maricopa Lawyer Editorial Board, where his column, History and Hearsay, is published regularly in the Maricopa Lawyer, and he is the author of a book entitled A Legal History of Maricopa County.
For the Centennial, Watts spearheaded the effort to comb through the archives of the MCBA to find vintage photos, minutes of meetings, and other artifacts, organizing them into a decade-by-decade system for presentation purposes. He also serves on the subcommittee that will create the Centennial video as well as writing original articles about the Centennial for the Maricopa Lawyer and state bar’s Arizona Attorney magazine.
Watts has also given his time and expertise freely to the Maricopa Justice Museum and Learning Center, where he was instrumental in assisting with the Museum’s first exhibits.
Professionally, Watts practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and small business matters. He was born and grew up in Globe-Miami. He earned an MBA from Northern Arizona University and his JD in 1990 from the University of Southern California, where he served on the USC Law Review.
Prior to his legal education, Watts applied his business training in the financial services industry for a large Idaho bank and as a business administrator for the Flagstaff Unified School District. He began his legal career in the field of environmental law and regulatory compliance, with Jacobs Engineering Group, a major international engineering firm. In 1994 he founded the Phoenix office of Dohrer & Watts, PLC.
Watts is a member of the bars of Arizona, California and the District of Columbia. He also is admitted to practice befor e the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for Arizona.
His wife and law partner is Suzanne Dohrer, who is also a professor at Arizona Summit Law School. They have three sons: Josh, 36, archaeologist and musician in Phoenix; Zach, 34, IT guy for Visa in Denver, four grandchildren; and Jake, 31, geographer for Army Corps of Engineers in Portland.