Jay Watson graduated from Florida State University in 1991 after attending FSU’s business school where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. In August of 1999, Mr. Watson graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with Honors where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. After passing the Florida Bar Exam in February, 2000, Mr. Watson was admitted to the Florida Bar in May, 2000.
Since becoming a licensed Florida attorney in 2000, Mr. Watson has gained substantial experience in many areas of the law. In February, 2008, Mr. Watson established his own law firm of which he was the sole shareholder. While operating his firm between February, 2008 and November, 2022, Mr. Watson focused his practice primarily on civil litigation matters including, without limitation, real estate and real property litigation, i.e., partitions, quiet title actions, and mortgage foreclosures; construction litigation, i.e. the preparing and foreclosing mechanic’s liens, enforcing and defending construction contracts, and litigating cases involving construction defects; breach of contract litigation, i.e., enforcing and defending non-compete agreements, construction agreements, and operating agreements; and probate litigation, i.e., pursuing and defending undue influence claims, pursuing claims against a trustee for serious breach of trust, and litigating will contests on various grounds. During his 22-year career as a Florida attorney, Mr. Watson has also handled a number of transactional matters including drafting commercial leases, preparing purchase and sale agreements for both commercial and residential real property transactions, crafting shareholder agreements and operating agreements, and drafting stock and asset purchase agreements for corporate and individual clients looking to purchase an ongoing business or its assets. Ms. Watson has also prepared a number of contracts and agreements of various types, including complex settlement agreements and releases.
In July, 2019, Mr. Watson became a licensed, Florida Realtor®. As a licensed Realtor®, Mr. Watson has become quite familiar with many of the standard forms used in real estate purchase and sale transaction in Florida. As a result, he is better able to interpret and explain to clients much of the typical language and provisions found in many of the standard purchase and sale and related forms, which, in turn, serves to aid his clients’ understanding of the key terms and provisions that will affect their sale or purchase of real property. As a licensed Realtor®, Mr. Watson can also assist clients with buying and selling real estate in the State of Florida.
In February, 2020, Mr. Watson became a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil Mediator. As such, Mr. Watson can serve as mediator for Circuit Civil cases in an effort to assist the parties in resolving their cases before going to trial. By settling a case in mediation, the parties involved are able to avoid the cost and uncertainty of outcome associated with trying a case before a judge or jury. While working for Cobb & Gonzalez, Mr. Watson will work on building a mediation practice by, among other things, becoming involved in local and state Alternative Dispute Resolution organizations and agencies and by serving as mediator in circuit civil cases in the Northeast Florida area and other circuits around the State.
Mr. Watson joined Cobb and Gonzalez, P.A. in November, 2022 as a partner. Mr. Watson’s primary areas of practice at Cobb & Gonzalez will include construction disputes, business litigation, real estate litigation, and probate and trust litigation. Mr. Watson will also perform some transactional work for the firm such as drafting various contracts and agreements for clients of the firm. Mr. Watson will also serve as a mediator in Circuit Civil cases in Duval County and other counties around the State of Florida.
Mr. Watson moved to Jacksonville Beach in 1992 after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Florida State University in 1991. In 1999, Mr. Watson graduated with Honors from Florida Coastal School of Law. While at Florida Coastal, Mr. Watson served as an associate staff editor for the law review.
Originally from Eustis, Florida, Mr. Watson resides in Jacksonville Beach with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Victoria and Madeline. In his free time, he enjoys the beach, camping, kayaking, and simply being outdoors with his wife and kids.