Joseph E.
"Tripp" Watson, III J.D./M.B.A.

Entrepreneur: person who takes upon himself the immediate responsibility, risk, and conduct of a concern of industry
Attorney: one who is turned to; an advocate

Tripp Watson is the founder of The Watson Firm. He is an Entrepreneur Attorney, which means that he is an an advocate and counselor to risk-takers. Watson is one of the only lawyers in the county who offers both business consulting and legal advice to entrepreneurs.

From a family of entrepreneurs, Watson went to law and business schools with the explicit purpose of opening a firm dedicated to advising aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Unlike many business attorneys, Watson is also a business owner who personally knows the stresses and demands of running a small business and who can advise on both the legal and management issues entrepreneurs face.

Because of his legal and business training and years of experience, Watson provides his clients unique insights into the problems that keep entrepreneurs up at night.

9.6Joseph Ellis Watson III

Awards and Recognition

Rising Star, Mid-South Region - Super Lawyers 2016, 2017

Top 40 Under 40- Birmingham Business Journal 2015

Birmingham's Best Lawyers - Birmingham Magazine 2014, 2015, 2016
Recognized in the areas of Intellectual Property and Franchising

"Five Questions: Birmingham lawyer Tripp Watson"- Birmingham News

Professional Associations

Alabama State Bar
Business Law Section
Intellectual Property Section

Birmingham Bar Association
Solo/Small Firm Section Board
Business Law Section
Solo/Small Firm Section

Birmingham Venture Club

Judge James Edwin Horton American Inn of Court

National Association of Business Economists
President, Alabama Chapter, 2014-2016

Newcomen Society of Alabama


"Coastal Flooring." Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies. Vol 18, Number 5, 2012.

"Coastal Flooring: Instructor's Notes." Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies. Vol 18, Number 6, 2012.

Bar Admissions


All State and Federal Courts


All State Courts

Courts of Appeal

11th Circuit


Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Brock School of Business, S amford University

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Economics and Politics
Washington and Lee University

Volunteer Work

U.S. District Court, Northern District Pro Bono Panel

Kid One Transport - Junior Board President; Member: Board of Directors

Mountain Brook Baptist Church- Associate Deacon