Philadelphia Business Journal Names Fox’s Marilou Watson Among 2016 Women of Distinction

November 4, 2016 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that partner Marilou E. Watson has been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s prestigious list of Women of Distinction.

This esteemed list spotlights 25 influential business women in the Greater Philadelphia area who have made a difference in their communities and are leaving a mark on Philadelphia business. Watson will be honored at an awards dinner on November 17.

A role model and mentor, Watson is lauded for her work within the legal profession and in the community at large, both locally and nationally. She mentors law students, young adults and at-risk youth while helping to shape early childhood education. Watson also works to inspire not only young men and women of color, but attorneys of every age and race to see the value of a truly diversified work force, student population and community.

Watson has worked on diversity issues at the highest levels — the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and its Women of Color Research Committee — and at the granular level, in the mentorship program at the Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, Parkway Center City High School, as well as the Kensington Health Science Academy, to name a few.

Known throughout the community for her dedication to public education about the legal profession, Watson recently received the Henry Stuckert Miller Community Service Award from the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA). Through her work with the MBA, Watson created a “Day in Court” program at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The initiative, which began in April 2011, is run by the MBA Diversity Committee and provides high school students the opportunity to observe a live court proceeding and meet with judges, public defenders, prosecutors, detectives and county commissioners. The program has expanded to include “Teach Law,” where MBA judges and attorneys volunteer to go to selected schools to teach students a substantive area of the law or anything related to courtroom practice and procedures.

A leader at Fox, Watson serves as co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice and previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, where she led initiatives that promoted firm-wide diversity and inclusiveness.

Watson focuses her legal practice on intellectual property and corporate law, specifically foreign and domestic patent prosecution, infringement analysis, patent invalidity, licensing, and due diligence and divestiture matters in the chemical and pharmaceutical arts. She received the "2011 Life Sciences Award" in the category of Best Consultant by the Philadelphia Business Journal, which highlighted leaders from the region’s biotech, pharmaceutical and medical-device companies. In addition to practicing law for more than 20 years, she has been a registered pharmacist since 1991.

Watson received her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Pharmacy degrees from Temple University.