John Dewey Watson, Esq.
23 Iviers Drive
Little Rock, AR 72223
Hourly Rate $300
Current John Dewey Watson, P.A. - President
Practice 28
Cases 412
Languages English
John Dewey Watson, P.A. - President
Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator, John Dewey Watson, P.A., 2011-Present; Hearing Officer, Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board, 1990-Present; Adjunct Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law, 2012-2017; Partner, Friday, Eldredge & Clark, 1971-2011; District Attorney, Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1982-2007; Law Clerk, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1970-1971; On-camera Weatherman, KGTO-TV, 1969-1970; Officer, U.S. Marines, 1963-1967; Announcer, KVRC Radio, 1959-1963; Construction Laborer, 1956-1963.
Mediator in construction, commercial, insurance, and tort disputes since 1990.
Construction cases have included issues of delay damages, design errors, construction defects, failure of performance, and payment. Other cases have concerned disputes over construction of manufacturing plants, disputes between owners of manufacturing plants, disputes between nursing home owners and covenants-not-to-compete, class action disputes, franchise disputes, contract disputes, medical malpractice disputes, and other personal injury disputes.
Served as an advocate in 17 cases: two condemnation cases, one for landowner and one for condemnor ($15 million and $12 million in dispute respectively); three crossing accident cases representing railroad ($20 million, $15 million, and $2 million in dispute); one plant explosion and fire ($10 million in dispute); four construction cases, two for owner, one for contractor, one for engineer; two FELA cases representing railroad; one employment case representing company; two nursing home cass representing nursing home; one auto accident representing plaintiff; and one attorney malpractice case representing plaintiff.
I have found that cases settle when parties engage in principled and focused mediation.
Judge Sidney McCollum (501) 376-2121; Judge John Forster, (540) 319-1830; Charles L. Schlumberger, (501) 379-1762; Cyril Hollingsworth, (501) 375-9151.
ACE 20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; ACE 18 - Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; AAA Arbitration Awards - Safeguarding, Deciding, and Writing Awards ACE01, 2017, 2004; AAA/ICDR/ Panel Conference, 2016; AAA Explaining Complexity—How to Improve Your Presentation of Technical Information in Arbitration, 2015; AAA Construction Professionals Guide to Conducting an AAA Arbitration, 2012; AAA What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate, 2012; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2012; AAA Regaining Speed and Economy in Dispute Resolution, 2011; Association of Attorney-Mediators, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training, 2010; AAA, Efficient ADR - Saving the Client's Money Through Technology and Common Sense, 2010; AAA, ADR Strategies That Save Time and Money, 2010; Arkansas ADR Commission, Creating a Successful Recipe for Mediation, 2009; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2009, 2004; Faculty, Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission ADR Ethics, 2008; Faculty, Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Drafting Agreements That Work, 2007; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics ACE05, 2006; AAA seminar, Straight Talk About Construction Arbitration, 2005; AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration ACE04, 2005; AAA Advanced Mediator Skills Training, 2005; AAA Arbitration Disclosures, 2004; Faculty, AAA Arbitration Advocacy, 2004; Faculty, AAA Mediation Advocacy, 2003; AAA Ethics in ADR, 2002; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2001; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; Arkansas Bar Association, Mediation Training, 1999; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 1999; AAA Advanced Construction Mediator Training, 1998; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training Workshop, 1997; AAA Construction Mediator Training, 1997; Faculty, AAA/Arkansas Bar Association Dispute Settlement Conference; various other ADR training.
Admitted to the Bar: Arkansas, 1970; Texas, 1999; U.S. District Court: Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1970; District of Nebraska, 2004; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1974; U.S. Supreme Court, 1985.
American Bar Association (Forum Committee on Construction Industry; Litigation Section; ADR Section); Arkansas Bar Association (ADR Section, Past Chair; Construction Law Section, Past Chair; recipient of President's Award; recipient of CLE Award); Texas Bar Association (ADR and Construction Sections); Pulaski County Bar Association (recipient of Presidential Award, recipient of Sidney S. McMath Award); Association of Attorney-Mediators; Association for Conflict Resolution; Henry Woods Inn of Court; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Ouachita Baptist College (BA-1963); University of Arkansas (JD-1970).
Bronze Star with Combat "V," awarded by U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam; Dean, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; Chairman, Metropolitan YMCA; Board of Directors, Central Arkansas Health Systems Agency.
Co-editor, ARKANSAS CONSTRUCTION LAW MANUAL, 2016; Contributing author, STATE-BY-STATE GUIDE TO CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND CLAIMS, Aspen Publishers, 2006; contributing author, STATE-BY-STATE GUIDE TO ARCHITECT, ENGINEER AND CONTRACTOR LICENSING, Aspen Law & Business, 1999, republished 2012; author, "What is ADR? Mediation? Arbitration?" THE AGC ADVANTAGE, p. 14, May 2000; contributing author, FIFTY STATE MONOGRAPH ON THE ENFORCEABILITY OF 'NO DAMAGES FOR DELAY CLAUSES,' American Bar Association, 1998.

Adjunct Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law, 2012-2017; Speaker, Mediation Ethics, 2011; Speaker, Construction Law Ethics, 2011; Speaker, Best of CLE, Ethics, 2008; Speaker, ADR Conference, Ethics, 2008; Speaker, Wright Firm CLE, Expert Witnesses, 2008; Speaker, Construction Industry Conference, Ethics, 2007; Speaker, Construction Industry Conference, Ethics, 2006; Speaker, Best of CLE, Ethics, 2006; Speaker, Fall Legal Institute, Ethics, 2006; Speaker, Obesity Conference, 2005; Speaker, Arbitration Advocacy, 2004; Speaker, Mediation Advocacy, 2003; Speaker, "Arbitration for Construction Contractors," Arkansas Bar Association, 2000.
$300 Per Hour
United States of America
Little Rock, AR

The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.