David E. Wattel

Founding Member


Licensed to practice:

  • State Of Arizona
  • State Of Oregon
  • State Of Washington
  • United States District Court
  • District of Arizona



  • Arizona State University College of Law in 1988

Attorney Awards:

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David E. Wattel in February 2024. A distinguished attorney and founding member of Wattel & York, Mr. Wattel was deeply committed to justice, dedicating his career to representing individuals who had suffered injuries due to the actions of others. His passion for advocating on behalf of his clients was evident in his active litigation practice, through which he successfully handled numerous cases across a span of 30 years. Having represented more than 16,000 clients, his extensive experience and expertise in personal injury law solidified his reputation as a leading legal figure in Arizona.

Education served as the foundation of Mr. Wattel’s remarkable journey in law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1984 and proceeded to obtain his Juris Doctor from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1988. This strong academic background, coupled with a profound understanding of the law, propelled him on his mission to offer exceptional legal representation to those in need.

Mr. Wattel also dedicated himself to the education and training of physicians through the American Institute of Personal Injury Physicians (AIPIP), an organization he established. Focused on the accurate and thorough documentation of personal injury claims, he was instrumental in providing medical professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively support their patients’ legal cases. His commitment to the education of healthcare providers was a testament to his dedication to professional integrity and client advocacy.

Beyond his legal practice, Mr. Wattel was nationally recognized for his expertise on diminished value and other property damage issues, becoming a sought-after speaker for auto body shops and professional associations. His efforts to share knowledge and insights empowered automotive industry professionals to better navigate legal complexities, enhancing their support for clients.

A respected member of the legal community, David E. Wattel held active memberships in prestigious organizations, including the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Arizona. Licensed to practice in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and the United States District Court, District of Arizona, his commitment to excellence and dedication to his clients were unwavering.

David E. Wattel’s exceptional career spanned over three decades, a period marked by his relentless pursuit of justice for his clients. His legacy, characterized by extensive experience and a solid educational foundation, leaves an indelible mark on the legal profession and those he served.

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