Fernandez Watts Law - For Workers, For Women

Shayna Fernandez Watts M.Ed. J.D.  Stanford University of Arizona University of Texas Large Firm Experience Successful Litigator Middle School Teacher Professor of Law

Our Attorneys:
Shayna Fernandez Watts
Edward Schoeler

Shayna Fernandez Watts

Shayna counsels employees regarding workplace issues and disputes, and represents them in lawsuits against employers for discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, assault and battery, wrongful termination, and similar claims.

To further protect Arizona’s employers and employees, Shayna prepares written policies and procedures typically found in an employee handbook, and regularly reviews and drafts employment related contracts such as non disclosure agreements, employment and 1099 agreements, severance agreements with restrictive covenants, and joint employer agreements.  

Shayna also works with Arizona’s employers to create and maintain a workplace where all employees feel comfortable and can do their best work, driving revenue and benefiting both employer and employee. To achieve that goal, and using her background as a teacher, Shayna provides in house training to employers (manager and/or employee level) that is direct and results driven.  These training sessions focus on preventing discrimination, harassment, or a hostile work environment.

Shayna Fernandez Watts, J.D., M. Ed.


Stanford University – Bachelor of the Arts, Human Biology, 06/04

President of Senior Class; President of Junior Class; Vice-President of Sophomore Class; 

Alternative Spring Break Program – San Francisco (03/02) and New York (03/03); Academic Excellence Award, El Centro Chicano.

University of Texas, Pan AmericanMaster of Education, 06/06

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence, 05/09

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition – Oral Advocate, 2008; President (08/09), 

Law Women’s Association; Treasurer (07/08) and Representative (06/07), Student Bar Association; 

Representative (08/09), Latino Law Student Association; Dean’s Academic Achievement Award; 

Volunteer Lawyers Program Committee; Contracts and Criminal Law Tutor.


Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC, Phoenix, AZ (05/18-10/20)

Ballard Spahr LLP, Phoenix, AZ (04/16-5/18)

Bryan Cave, LLP, Phoenix, AZ (01/10-04/16)

Clerkship, Hon. Sarah Simmons, Superior Court, Tucson, AZ (08/07-12/07)

Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, Washington, DC (06/07-08/07)

Teacher, Sauceda Middle School, Donna, TX (08/04-05/06)


Best Lawyers in America – Litigation – Labor and Employment (2021, 2022)

Super Lawyers Recognition (2012-2022)

Hispanic National Bar Association Top 40 Attorney Award (2019)

Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney Award for Arizona (2018)

Bar Leadership Institute, State Bar of Arizona (2017)


State Bar of Arizona Appointment’s Committee (2018-2020)

Arizona Science Center, Trustee (2017-present); AZ Science Fair Committee (2019)

Los Abogados Board of Directors (2017-2020), Executive Board and Treasurer (2020, 2021), President (2022)

MCBA Employment Law Section, Board of Directors (2017)


The Balanced Eye of Justice. AZ Attorney Magazine. (6/19)

Implementing Lawful Workplace Policies and Complying with the NLRA. APMA Magazine. (2/19) ACC Magazine. (8/19)

Commercial Drones: Certification, Airworthiness, Safety. AZ Attorney Magazine. (12/17)

A Practical Guide for Commercial Drone Use. BOMA Magazine. (2/17)


Utilizing a Declaration of Independent Business Status for Independent Contractors. (6/20)

Are Your Workers Independent Contractors or Employees? (6/20)

Arizona Employer Response to COVID-19. (3/20)

Mean Bosses, Bullies, and Bias. (8/19 & 2/20)

Legal Changes in the #MeToo Era. (6/19)

Restricting Employee Speech. (5/19)

Marijuana: Beware of the pot holes! (10/18)

Earned Paid Sick Leave Pursuant to Proposition 206 – Comply by July! (2/17)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): What Employers Need to Know. (11/16)

Social Media: Risks and How to Avoid Them. (10/11)

Creating a Social Media Policy as a Communications Executive. (6/10)

What General Counsel Need to Know About Social Media Policies. (5/10)






2024 Southwest Super Lawyer

2023 Southwest Super Lawyer

2022-2012 Southwest Rising Stars

Edward Schoeler, J.D.


University of Arizona – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Pre-Law, 08/05

University of Arizona, James E. Roger College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence, 05/09

Volunteer Lawyers Program, LEAD Mentoring Program, Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity

 NCFI Digital Evidence Course, United States Secret Service

  Forensic Science Academy, Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council

Advanced DUI Course, Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council

Career Prosecutor’s Course, Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council 

Basic Prosecutor Course, Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council

Western State’s Auto Theft Investigators Conference

International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Conference

Arizona Gang Investigators Association Conference


Assistant City Prosecutor, City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ (08/17-03/23)

Deputy County Attorney, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Phoenix, AZ (08/12-08/17)

Deputy County Attorney, Pima County Attorney’s Office, Tucson, AZ (01/11-08/12)

Staff Attorney, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Phoenix, AZ (08/10-01/11)

Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Howard Fell, Superior Court, Tucson, AZ (08/09-08/10)

Law Clerk, Pima County Attorney’s Office, Tucson, AZ (01/08-08/09)

Law Clerk, City of Mesa Police Department, Mesa, AZ (05/07-08/07)

Executive, Assets Protection, Target Corporation, Tempe, AZ (11/05-08/06)

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class, United States Navy & Naval Reserve (11/93-08/01)

Professional Achievements

MADD – DUI Prosecutor of the Year (2020)

MCAO – Property Crimes Prosecutor of the Year (2015)

Navy League Award (1993)


Arizona Auto Theft Authority Board (2013-2016)

5040 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 272
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(602) 760-5100

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