10 Questions with ELGL Advisory Board Member Peter Watts

Posted on January 14, 2013

Peter Watts

Attorney, Jordan Ramis

Background Check on Peter

Peter O. Watts graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, and was admitted to the Oregon Bar in 2002. He received an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington in 2003. Peter’s areas of concentration include municipal and local government law, debt negotiation, and general business. Peter was named 2012’s Up & Coming Lawyer of the Year by the Daily Journal of Commerce. He was recognized as one of the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Business Professionals in 2010. Additionally, Peter has been recognized as a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Most rewarding professional experience:

Helping to bring groups of people, with diverse interests, together on projects.

Newspaper headline for your retirement:

 If there is a headline, something has gone terribly wrong.

Local government issue that isn’t being talked about enough:


Your mentors:

There are so many people that have helped me with my career, it is entirely too hard to single out just a couple.

Your vision for ELGL:

Providing the forum for people to grow in their careers and increase efficiency in government.

Along with the ELGL Advisory Board, what other board of directors would you like to be on?

I currently serve on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon Junior Board of Directors, Oregon Law Foundation Board of Directors, Child Centered Solutions, and a board member of Park Academy, Metro sponsored Community Investment Initiative and Clackamas County Business Alliance Board of Directors.

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Dream job:

When I retire from the practice of law, I think it would be amazing to be a food critic.

Your happy place (place you go when you need to get away):

 At the gym, when the endorphins kick in.

Goals for 2013:  

Take more time for myself.

Your life will be fulfilled if………..

There are so many different experiences that contribute to living a fulfilling life, that it is hard to think of one event that would make me look at life and say that it is fulfilled. I take pleasure in everyday occurrences.

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