Maurice A. Watson became Chairman of Husch Blackwell in 2012. In this role, he is responsible for developing and communicating the firm’s strategic direction, and ensuring that its policies and culture align with this direction. He serves as the firm’s visible leader and public ambassador. As a member of the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education industry team, Maurice brings significant board membership and community leadership experience specific to healthcare: Leadership positions with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the AIDS Service Foundation; and Advocacy for children’s health by serving on the boards of children’s hospitals and supporting their interests in federal legislation.
Mr. Watson’s practice focuses on representation of educational institutions, including public and private schools and school systems, colleges and universities, and regional and national education associations. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in complaints brought by employees for employment discrimination, harassment and alleged violations of statutory and constitutional rights and cases filed by students for alleged violations of statutory and constitutional rights with favorable results.
Mr. Watson also advises public, private and nonprofit boards of education in sensitive investigations of misconduct involving executives, administrators and directors. He regularly speaks at national and regional meetings and conferences on the legal rights of students and employees in the school setting, and also works with boards on best governance practices.
In addition to his role as Chairman, Mr. Watson is a member of the firm’s Executive and Partner Boards, and he serves on the firm’s Diversity Council. Before joining Husch Blackwell, Maurice was a senior aide to U.S. Sen. John Danforth in Washington, D.C.