Sharon A. Watt is an attorney in private practice specializing in the representation of public sector employers in all matters pertaining to education, personnel, and employment relations.

Ms. Watt received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern California. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law and was the recipient of the Bancroft Whitney Award for scholastic excellence.

Prior to forming, with Steve A. Filarsky, the firm of Filarsky & Watt LLP, Ms. Watt was an attorney with the law firm of Pettit and Martin. She also has practiced in the firms of Liebert, Cassidy & Frierson, and Paterson & Taggart. Ms. Watt has been a licensed attorney in the State of California since 1979.

Ms. Watt also has an extensive background in the area of education. She has been an Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Principal, Assistant Principal, Program Specialist, and Teacher in Southern California school districts.

Ms. Watt is a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Ventura County Bar Association. She is also on the State Advisory Committee for the Office of Administrative Hearings, Special Education Division. Ms. Watt is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University and teaches in the Graduate School of Education.

Ms. Watt’s experience includes representing school districts and SELPAs in special education, personnel, and pupil personnel matters, as well as in issues involving disabled students in mediation, administrative hearings, compliance investigations, and student expulsions. Ms. Watt has represented management in labor relations cases before the California Court of Appeals, California Superior Court, U.S. District Court, and administrative agencies. She has represented school districts and SELPAs before administrative agencies, the Superior Court, Federal District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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