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Maya K. Watson

Member,Detroit

T 313-393-7502F 313-393-7579313-393-7502

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Practices & Industries
Education
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • Lincoln University, B.A., summa cum laude
Admissions
  • California
  • Michigan
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Ct., E.D. Mich.
Professional Affiliations
  • Detroit Bar Association (DBA)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation
  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Leadership Detroit
Overview

Ms. Watson concentrates her practice on legal issues related to banking (finance, secured loans), loan originations, commercial real estate transactions, and multi-state financing. Her practice also includes multi-state middle-market lending and asset-based loans.

She is a member of the Leadership Detroit Class XXXIII (2011-2012) and was named Barrister of the Year in 2010 by the Detroit Bar Association. Ms. Watson is the co-chair of the State Bar of Michigan Equal Access Initiative. She also serves on three State Bar of Michigan Committees, including the Justice Initiatives Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the District H Character and Fitness Committee. Ms. Watson has served as co-chair of the Wolverine Bar Association Membership Committee.

Before joining Bodman, Ms. Watson practiced with another large Detroit-based firm where she represented financial institutions in loan originations, workouts, and litigation.

Ms. Watson has presented at the 2016 State Bar of Michigan Bar Leadership Forum, the 2014 State Bar of Michigan Justice Initiative Summit, and the State Bar of Michigan Civil Right to Counsel Panel.

Ms. Watson is a member of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.” She has served as a member of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's 2009 Crisis Turnaround Team and on the boards of directors of the Wolverine Bar Association, the Barristers of the Detroit Bar Association, and the Greater Corktown Development Corporation. She was also a mentor with Detroit's Year Round Youth Program and a volunteer with Detroit Public Schools Reading Corps Program. Ms. Watson was listed in The Lincoln University's 2015 inaugural edition of "40 Under 40," a list celebrating accomplished graduates of the school.

Honors, Awards, and Recognition
  • The Lincoln University, "40 Under 40," 2015
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2014
  • Detroit Bar Association (DBA), Barrister of the Year, 2010
Professional Activities
  • Detroit Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Equal Access Initiative, Co-Chair, 2010-present
    • Character and Fitness Committee — District H, Member, 2015-present
    • Justice Initiatives Committee, Member, 2012-present
      • Justice Initiatives Summit Cabinet
    • Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, Member, 2015-present
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation
    • Board of Trustees, 2011-present
  • Wolverine Bar Association
    • Board of Director, Former Member
    • Mentorship Committee, Former Chair
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Detroit Bar Foundation, Fellow
Civic, Cultural and Community Activities
  • Greater Corktown Development Corporation, Former Board of Director
  • Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
    • Year-Round Youth Program, Mentor
  • Detroit Public Schools, Volunteer Reading Corps, Volunteer
Publications
  • Access to Courts for Persons Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, State Bar of Michigan Disabilities Newsletter (Feb. 2017)
Speaking Engagements
  • 2016 Bar Leadership Forum, State Bar of Michigan (Mackinac Island, MI, June 10-11, 2016).
  • Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts, 2014 Fifth Annual Justice Initiatives Summit (Lansing, MI, April 28, 2014), Speaker.
  • Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts, 2014 State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting (Grand Rapids, MI, Sept. 19, 2014), Panel Moderator.
Academic Appointments
  • Henry Ford College, Adjunct Professor

 

Practices & Industries Education
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • Lincoln University, B.A., summa cum laude
Admissions
  • California
  • Michigan
Professional Affiliations
  • Detroit Bar Association (DBA)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation
  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Leadership Detroit