Professional Bio

  • Roberta Casper Watson is the leader of the firm’s health and welfare group. Her practice is in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits, with a focus on pension and profit sharing plans as well as health and welfare benefits, including COBRA, HIPAA, and the Affordable Care Act. Roberta also concentrates in ERISA fiduciary decision making and employee stock ownership plans.

    Within the employee benefits field, Roberta’s extensive experience goes beyond ERISA and impacts other areas of law. For example, she is skilled in determining how employee benefits affect family law and labor law, including the American Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. As a result, she applies specific provisions that must be integrated into benefit plans - so as to comply with these rules and satisfy government reporting requirements while fully informing participants. Additionally, she spearheads litigation when fiduciary breaches occur in employee benefit plans.

    Roberta is an active member and a past chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Employee Benefits Committee, the ABA’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB), the ABA Health Law Section’s Employee Benefits Interest Group, the Harvard Club, and Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Pension Council and is a charter member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

    Prior to joining The Wagner Law Group, Roberta was a shareholder and senior member at a leading Tampa law firm.

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    • Florida
    • Massachusetts
    • Florida Supreme Court
    • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. Supreme Court


    • American Bar Association
      • Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee
        • Chair, 1995-1996
      • Health Law Section, Employee Benefits Interest Group
        • Chair, 1998-2001
        • Section Delegate to Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, 1998-2009
      • Labor and Employment Section
        • Employee Benefits Committee
      • Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, Chair, 2002-2003
    • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Charter Fellow
    • The Florida Bar
      • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Former member of Employee Benefits Committee
      • Tax Section
        • Former member of Employee Benefits Committee
    • American Law Institute
    • Gulf Coast TE/GE Council, President 2011-2013


    • Member of CHIPRA Task Force, 2010
      Task Force was created by U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services to assist with creating model form for states to use in implementing options under new CHIPRA statute and to assist with preparation of Report to Congress.
    • Harvard Club of the West Coast of Florida, Board of Directors 2007-present; Secretary, 2007-2013
    • Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council, Board of Directors, 1996-2003; President, 2001-2002
    • Northside Mental Health Center, Board of Directors President 1999-2001
    • Community Health Purchasing Alliance, District Six (CHPA)
      Gubernatorial Appointed Member 1998-2000
    • American Law Institute
    • Tampa Bay Pension Council
    • Harvard Law School (J.D.), 1974
    • University of Idaho (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude), 1971 – Phi Beta Kappa
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
    • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel - Charter Fellow
    • Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award – 2018 Edition of Who’s Who in America
    • 2019 Lawyer of the Year - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Best Lawyers
    • The Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits/ERISA Law) – 1995-2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America – Tampa Bay Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law) -2012
    • Florida Super Lawyers – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
    • 2012 Lawyer of the Year - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Best Lawyers
    • Florida Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition – 2008 and 2010