St. Francis School of Law Dean Carole J. Buckner announced that Professor Jonathan Watson has joined the St. Francis faculty.  Prof. Watson practices law with the firm of Anderson, Agostino & Keller, P.C. in South Bend Indiana. Prof. Watson has substantial practice experience in the areas of real estate, trusts, wills and estates, family law, and small business law.  He has also drafted contracts, and worked with trademark and copyright filings, and provided other legal assistance to small businesses, including formation and incorporation.

Prof. Watson has handled both state and federal litigation, as well as bankruptcy law, including litigation of commercial and domestic matters.  Prof. Watson earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and his B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary.  He is admitted to the practice of law in Michigan and Indiana.  He is admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (2005), the Southern District of Indiana (2005), and the Western District of Michigan (2014).

Prof. Watson is an engineer who worked as a product manager for Sprint Telecom in Virginia prior to attending law school.

Prof. Watson has taught in several paralegal studies programs including contracts, law office technology, and real property, and has taught courses on public law and the Supreme Court.  Prof. Watson is the author of a textbook on property law for paralegals.  He has also taught in the Masters of Public Affairs Program at Indiana University.

Prof. Watson is teaching real property at St. Francis School of Law.  The real property course covers leases of real property, as well as zoning and easements, joint tenancy, and land transfers of property, including mortgages, among other topics.  The program focus at St. Francis School of Law includes practical professional lawyering skills in instruction.  In the real property classes, students learn to review deeds in order to analyze the interests of parties, counsel clients, negotiate and document the settlement of disputes involving real property and advise clients regarding their respective rights.  Students also learn to examine title to real property, interview clients, access and analyze tax documents related to real property, and conduct legal analysis concerning rights of way, easements, and deed restrictions pertaining to the use of real property.

St. Francis School of Law welcomes Prof. Watson to the Juris Doctor faculty, a diverse, highly experienced group of legal practitioners, who bring their real world expertise into St. Francis’s live online interactive classes.  For more information, click here.