E. Watson Smith



Direct: (251) 441-929
Fax: (251) 432-2800

P.O. Box 1988
Mobile, AL 36633


Attorney Assistant

Brenda Stapleton
Phone : (251) 441-9297


Candy Knickerbocker
Phone : (251) 441-9256


LL.M., Taxation, New York University, 1962
LL.B., Duke University, 1965
B.S., Auburn University, 1962

Mr. E. Watson Smith

Watson Smith primarily works with non-profit health care organizations on tax-exemption, tax planning, ERISA, regulatory, transactional and contract matters. He also represents physicians on recruitment, tax and corporate matters. Having spent four years as an in-house general counsel at a large healthcare system, Watson is a savvy advisor for his healthcare clients.

Watson’s experience includes drafting and advising qualified retirement plans (pension, profit sharing and 401(k) and 403(b) plans), cafeteria plans, and other welfare benefit plans. He provides ongoing advice as to the operation and administration of these plans.

Watson also represents individuals on estates and trust matters. He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in Tax and is a former trustee of the American Tax Institute, meaning clients can be assured that Watson is committed to remaining abreast of the latest tax laws and regulations.

Watson is committed to delivering quality legal work on a timely basis to his clients. He operates by the Golden Rule and treats people the way he wants to be treated. His competitive nature keeps him ahead of the game and his non-profit, healthcare, corporate and individual clients appreciate his straightforward manner.


1965, Alabama State Bar

Court Admissions

1970, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
1971, U.S. Supreme Court
1975, U.S. Tax Court
1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America in the field of Tax Law, 1987-present; Health Care Law 1991-2007
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, since 1983
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