Kenneth D. Watase, Of Counsel


kenKenneth D. Watase was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1977. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts. Mr. Watase is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and Loyola Law School.

From May 1978 to November 2000, Mr. Watase was a member and partner of the Law Offices of Bell, Orrock & Watase, LLP. His primary practice areas included the defense of hospitals, physicians, and surgeons in medical malpractice cases as well as wrongful death. During his many years at the firm, Mr. Watase also represented numerous governmental entities and businesses, including the City of Riverside, County of Riverside, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Unified School District, San Bernardino Unified School District, and International Paper, Inc.

After 22 years, Mr. Watase joined the established firm of Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. in November 2000. He brought his years of experience representing businesses, and governmental entities to the firm. While there Mr. Watase clients included: the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, County of Los Angeles, City of Pomona, City of West Covina, City of Baldwin Park, City of South Gate, and the City of Montebello. Mr. Watase also defended skilled nursing facilities, including 10 facilities owned by Fountain View, Inc., in cases involving allegations of elder abuse both physical and financial, including cases of deliberate neglect that lead to eventual death.

In a case where he defended the City of West Covina, 20 plaintiffs claimed that damage sustained to their homes by earth movement was caused by hydro-consolidation from a storm drain not properly maintained. After 1.5 weeks of trial, the case was settled. Though Mr. Watase has been involved in major probate, real estate, and business litigation, much of his extensive trial experience has been defending medical malpractice cases in the areas that include birth injuries, infant and adult brain injuries, disabilities and illnesses, and misdiagnoses.

As a founding partner, his practice at SNW is centered on the firm’s public entity defense, elder abuse, medical malpractice, as well as corporate and business litigation. He recently represented a homeowner in a complex litigation case in Diamond Bar involving two slope failures seven years apart on the same hillside where homeowners have been severely impacted.

In addition to his legal case work, Mr. Watase is a hearing officer for the Personnel Commission of the City of Montebello.

A veteran of the United States Army, he served a tour in Vietnam. Mr. Watase graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a life member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.