Craig Watson is the general counsel for the port, providing legal advice on a wide range of issues to the port Commission, Executive, Seaport, and Airport divisions.
Watson also supervises the port’s six in-house attorneys and their support staff, handling real estate and land use, contract, construction, municipal law and environmental issues. Watson specializes in labor and employment matters. The port's Workplace Responsibility Officer reports to Watson and he also oversees the work of outside counsel retained by the port.
Prior to coming to the port in 1990, Watson was a litigator in private practice with the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in Seattle. At Bullivant, Watson was lead defense attorney on numerous civil rights, employment and personal injury matters. He began working for Bullivant after serving for two years as a law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals. He received his law degree from the Willamette College of Law located in Salem, Oregon. He is a 1977 graduate (AB, History) of the University of California, Berkeley.