W. S. “TREY” WATTS, III2024-01-10T00:27:23+00:00


  • Juris Doctor, 2003
    University of South Carolina School of Law
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • M.Ed., Special Education
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • B.S., Special Education
    College of Charleston
    Charleston, South Carolina


  • S. C. Circuit Court: Common Pleas, General Sessions
  • South Carolina Court of Appeals
  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • U. S. District Court of South Carolina, Civil, Criminal


  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Former Fourth Circuit Representative
  • Darlington County Bar Association; Treasurer
  • Association of South Carolina Claimant Attorneys for Workers’ Compensation


Trey is a native of Lexington, South Carolina. He attended the College of Charleston as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. He then attended the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina and received a Masters’ Degree in Special Education. Trey then taught for three years in Richland County School District before entering the School of Law at the University of South Carolina. Upon Graduation, he became an Associate with the firm until becoming a partner of the firm in 2006.

Trey has represented clients on many various legal matters, with a primary focus on Criminal Defense, Personal Injury (Auto Accidents, Premises Liability, Medical Negligence), and Workers’ Compensation throughout the Pee Dee and South Carolina. Mr. Watts is a former 4th Circuit Representative for the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He has experience in defending clients charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Murder, Drug/Controlled Substance Violations, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Criminal Domestic Violence and other significant charges. Mr. Watts has experience working with law enforcement and prosecution agencies in an out of the Courtroom. He handles State (General Sessions), Magistrate, Municipal and Federal criminal matters.

Trey is married to Jill Elizabeth Holley Watts, a native of Hartsville South Carolina. They have two sons, Grant and Ford. The family resides in Hartsville.

Trey is available for no costs initial consultations on any legal questions or matters you are dealing with and is happy to review the specific details of your case or claim and explain how Smith Watts & Associates, LLC can assist you. While Trey can provide more information on his experience handling your type of case during the initial consultation, it is important to remember that prior success is no guarantee of a specific result or outcome in your matter.