Gail M. Abercrombie
Mahlon H. Barlow
Robert L. Chapman
R.J. Haughey
Ali Mirghahari
Neal A. Sivyer
Jacqueline Taylor
Steve Walker
David Watson
Paul Watson

The Attorneys

Commercial Litigation
Franchise Relationships
Class action Lawsuits
Creditors’ Rights

Paul Watson represents individuals, small businesses and large corporations in disputes ranging from simple collection and eviction actions to complex, multi-million dollar lawsuits. He has successfully litigated claims involving breach of contract, fraud, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, deceptive and unfair trade practices and various business torts involving franchise relationships, construction disputes, class action lawsuits, real estate transactions, business acquisitions and bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters. He also advises clients in business transactions involving franchise relationships, including franchise development, regulatory compliance and trademark, trade secret and copyright protection.

Paul is admitted to practice in Florida, the United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.

  • B.A., Emory University, 1989
  • J.D., Stetson University, cum laude, 1992
Professional and Civic Activities:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Franchising
Honors and Awards:
  • Awarded "Fred the Baker" Award by Dunkin Donuts Incorporated as Southeast Business Partner of the Year, 2001
  • Recognized by Florida Trend Magazine in 2006 as among Florida's Legal Elite, comprised of the top two percent of lawyers practicing in Florida
  • Recognized by Law and Politics in Super Lawyer magazine
Paul co-founded the firm Sivyer Barlow & Watson, P.A. in 2002. Previously, he was an associate and shareholder at Bush Ross Gardner Warren & Rudy, P.A. in Tampa. Paul was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.