Maurice A. Watson: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Maurice A. Watson

Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Higher Education
  • Hospitals & Health Systems
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8164
Fax: 816.983.8080
University Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 1980
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., 1984
Admitted1988, Missouri; U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1988; U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1988; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1989; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1994; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships
•American Bar Association
•Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
•Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
•Jackson County Bar Association
•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
•Lawyers' Association of Kansas City, Board of Directors, 1994-1995
•The Missouri Bar
•National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, Board of Trustees, 1997-2003
•National Association of College and University Attorneys
•National Association of Independent Schools, Board of Trustees, Secretary, 1995-2003
•National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys, Board of Directors, 2008-2012


Maurice 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 & Pharmaceuticals 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.
•Advocacy for children's health by serving on the boards of children's hospitals and supporting their interests in federal legislation.

Maurice'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.

Maurice 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, Maurice 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.

Awards and Recognitions
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri Hospital Association Excellence in Governance Award, 2007
•NAACP, Kansas City, Mo., Chapter, Velma E. Woodson Outstanding Leadership Award, 2012
•Nonprofit Connect Volunteer of the Year Award, 2012 [ video ]
•Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Difference Maker of the Year Award, 2012

Civic Involvement
•AIDS Service Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006-2012
•The Barstow School, Board of Trustees, President, 1989-1996
•Children's Mercy Hospital, Board of Directors, Chair, 1993-2007
•Children's Mercy Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees, Vice Chair, 2002-2007, 2012-present
•Harry S. Truman Library Institute, Board of Trustees, 2008-present
•Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Community Advisory Board, 2005-2006
•Kansas City Art Institute, Board of Trustees, Vice Chair, 2008-present; Secretary, 2012-present
•Kansas City Ballet, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, 2001-2007
•Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2012-present
•Metropolitan Community College Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011-present
•Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Board of Trustees, 2012-present
•University of Missouri-Kansas City, Board of Trustees, 2012-present

Business Insights

Business Insights
4.25.14 Crisis Management in Higher Education
Seminar Kansas City, MO
3.01.14 Executive Influence and Presence, Rockhurst University
Speaking Engagement Kansas City, MO
5.14.13 Thomson Reuters and Hildebrandt Consulting legal executive briefing
Speaking Engagement Pebble Beach, CA
5.01.13 Realizing the Dream: Equality for All - Well, Not Quite, But I'm Still Hopeful, Springfield Bar Association Law Day
Speaking Engagement Springfield, MO
4.26.13 Why Diversity Matters in Rainmaking, American Bar Association
Speaking Engagement Chicago, IL
4.19.13 Issues in Higher Education
Seminar Kansas City, MO
2.06.13 21st Century Leadership in the Changing World of Work, Central Exchange
Speaking Engagement Kansas City, MO
10.23.12 Diversity in the Legal Profession, University of Kansas School of Law
Speaking Engagement Lawrence, KS
4.15.11 Issues in Higher Education
Seminar Kansas City, MO
4.01.11 Striving for Greatness in Trusteeship, The Savvy Trustee

In The News
8.26.14 Husch Blackwell Names Kevin Kelley New Managing Partner for Denver
News Release
8.18.14 Husch Blackwell Names Jeff Simon New Kansas City Office Managing Partner
News Release
8.11.14 Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Maurice Watson, Jim Ash, Fang Shen Discuss Husch Blackwell's Growing International Practice, Shen's China Practice
News Coverage
7.29.14 ABA Journal: Husch Blackwell's Industry First Approach Profiled
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Coverage
4.29.14 Husch Blackwell Welcomes Former Chief Legal Officer of Four-State Health System to Its Healthcare Team
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals News Release
2.18.14 Kansas City Development Attorney Doug Stone Joins Husch Blackwell's Real Estate Team
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
12.22.13 The Wall Street Journal: Maurice Watson Calls Q4 make-or-break time for Law Firms
News Coverage
11.19.13 BTI Consulting Names Husch Blackwell One of America's 30 Best Law Firms for Client Service
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
8.19.13 Washington University School of Law Collaborates with Husch Blackwell for Professional Development
News Release
7.15.13 The Kansas City Star: Husch Blackwell Chairman Discusses the Black Church's Influence on Civil Rights and His Upbringing
News Coverage


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Office Information

Maurice A. Watson

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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