Gabriel is a native Oregonian, he attended Grant High School, the University of Oregon, and Northwestern Law School and Lewis and Clark College.
Before becoming an attorney, Gabriel spent nearly two decades as a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Portland. Gabriel also served a member of the Portland Fire Bureau’s Technical Rescue and Dive teams.
Gabriel spent several years as a spokesperson for both the City of Portland Bureau of Fire and Rescue and Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Incident Management Team.
As a law student at Lewis and Clark College of Law, he was a member of the Honor Board and winner of the 2015 Moot Court Competition. Gabriel represented Lewis & Clark at the Texas Young Lawyers Regional Moot Court Competition. He was also member of the Employment Law Society.
As a solo practitioner, Gabriel often provides assistance as co-counsel to other firms and attorneys; he has participated in several jury trials to verdict and assisted on cases securing over $3 million dollars on behalf of clients. He has successfully represented clients with administrative matters and has appeared before Municipal offices, County Planning and County Boards of Commissioners; and the Oregon State Office of Administrative Hearings.
A skilled negotiator, Gabriel has also helped several clients secure outcomes outside the courtroom, participating in contract negotiations, disciplinary hearings, and internal business disputes.
Away from work, he enjoys spending time at his cabin on the Deschutes River. An experienced river guide and kayaker, he is an avid historian, hockey fan, and writer.
Gabriel Watson’s Practice Areas Include:
Land Use and Planning
Crisis Management - Public Relations - Media
Agency and Talent Representation
Professional Malpractice - Medical
Small/Closely Held Business - Planning - Structuring - Operations
Fire and Emergency Services
“Too often we are presented with solutions based on assumptions or policies that have never been questioned. Only by asking and understanding these questions can we find answers that truly solve problems—that is the role of the advocate.”