David L. Watson


Phone: 404-223-5900

Email: [email protected]




David’s principal areas of practice are estate planning and wealth transfer, taxation, business succession, probate, asset protection planning, international estate planning and business planning. Typical projects for David include complex wills and trusts, administration of estates, family limited partnerships, charitable trusts, and gifting programs. He also oversees the proper tax reporting of gift and estate transfers and the defense of such positions from challenge by the IRS. David has over 23 years of experience in these areas, and has spoken at numerous tax and estate planning seminars.


Some of David's Recent Engagements Include:

  • In 2012, design and implementation of a family trust governed by Delaware law to utilize a client's gift tax exemption.
  • Assistance to a closely-held lumber company in the planning and structuring of an offshore captive insurance company to reduce current income taxes and minimize future estate taxes.
  • Design of a transaction whereby a client made a gift and sale of partnership interests to a grantor trust, including coordination of the valuation of interests in a family partnership for gift tax purposes.
  • Design and implementation of a multiple GRAT strategy for a client using marketable securities.
  • In a complex and protracted transaction, assistance to an estate in obtaining releases of guaranties from a bank and division of real estate partnership in order to pass clear title to real estate to LLC owned by heirs.

Mr. Watson is married with three children and lives in Atlanta. He enjoys history, politics and sports.



Areas of Practice:


  • Emory University School of Law, LL.M. Taxation, 1994
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • University of Mississippi, M.A. (Accountancy), 1985
  • University of Mississippi, B.A. (Accountancy), 1983

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. Tax Court, 1993
  • Georgia, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council
  • Federalist Society
  • Georgia Society of CPAs
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council

Related Experience:

  • Counsel, Powell Goldstein, LLP, 2005–2007
  • Partner, Gambrell & Stolz, LLP, 2001–2005
  • Attorney, Gomel & Davis, 1989–2001
  • Ernst & Young, Tax Consultant, 1986–1989 


  • Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School, 2009-2011
  • Certified Public Accountant, Georgia, 1987
  • Rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Board of Directors (2003-2012), Vice Chair (2009–2010), Chair (2010–2011)