Marilou Watson Among Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Minority Business Leaders

July 24, 2020 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Marilou E. Watson, who was named a 2020 Minority Business Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

This coveted distinction recognizes business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region for their professional accomplishments, community leadership and philanthropy, as well as awards and milestones.

Partner and Co-Chair of Fox’s Life Sciences Practice, Watson is an accomplished intellectual property attorney who leverages degrees in pharmacy and biology to help major chemical and pharmaceutical industry clients capitalize on and protect their innovations. She has emerged as an influential advocate for increasing diversity in the legal profession and the sciences, creating programs that educate and inspire young men and women of color as well as 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 — by participating in the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and its Women of Color Research Committee — and on the ground, helping to create and expand mentorship programs 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 for her dedication to public education, Watson received the 2016 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 and continues to this day, is run by the MBA Diversity Committee and provides middle and high school students the opportunity to observe a live court proceeding and meet with judges, public defenders, prosecutors, detectives and county commissioners. In April 2019, the Philadelphia Court System credited Watson with inspiring and providing the model for its citywide “Pipeline to Possibilities – Courtroom Connections” initiative.

In her latest philanthropic endeavor, Watson partnered with a Sudanese Mandala Washington Fellow and Founder of the St. Mary’s Senior Secondary School-Hal Bul, Dr. Peter Garang Ngor Ayok, to provide Sorghum to families in South Sudan who have been unable to buy food due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watson received The Legal Intelligencer’s 2020 Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2020 Salute to Greatness Award from the Trina Antoinette Adams Center for Keeping Children First, Inc. She was also the recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Honorable Horace Davenport Diversity Award in 2019 and was named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Women of Distinction” list in 2016 and its “Best of the Bar” list in 2017.

She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, her B.S. in Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy and her B.A. in Biology from Temple University School of Arts & Sciences.