Party affiliation: Democrat
Attorney King, Anderson & Swift, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1956—1958. Prosecutor City of Lake Charles, 1960. Assistant district attorney Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, 1961—1964.
Partner Watson & Watson, Lake Charles, 1961—1964. Judge 14th Judicial District, Louisiana, 1964—1972. Judge ad hoc Court Appeals, 1st Circuit, Baton Rouge, 1972—1973.
Judge Court Appeals, 3d Circuit, Lake Charles, 1973—1979. Associate justice Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans, 1979—1996, retired, 1996. Of counsel Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, Lake Charles, since 2004.
Faculty advisor National College State Judiciary, Reno, 1970, 73. Adjunct professor law admiralty summer school program in Greece, Tulane University, 1988-2000, 2005-2011. Adjunct professor law Southern University, Baton Rouge, 1998-1999.
Delegate National Endowment of the Humanities Seminar, 1976. Louisiana del to International Conference Appellate Magistrates, The Philippines, 1977. Member Louisiana Judicial Council, 1986-1992.
1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1950-1954. Member American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association (president 1963), Law Institute State of Louisiana, Louisiana Council Juvenile Court Judges (president 1969-1970), American Judicature Society, Southwest Louisiana Camellia Society (president 1973-1974), American Legion (post Commander 1963), Lake Charles Yacht Club (commodore 1974), Blue Key, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Delta Phi, Pi Kappa Delta.