Emily K. Watson
Emily K. Watson is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. She focuses her practice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate matters.
Emily represents many private equity sponsors, closely held businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and management teams. She helps her clients structure and execute acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, control and growth equity financings, non-control and co-investments, leveraged buyouts and other complex commercial transactions. Emily routinely serves as primary counsel for her private equity clients and their portfolio companies to help them achieve their strategic and commercial objectives, including with respect to executive employment and employee equity incentive plan arrangements.
Her diverse client base spans a range of industries, including healthcare, business services, insurance, manufacturing and distribution. Emily has a unique ability to pinpoint and resolve the thorniest issues involved in complex transactional matters in a way that complements her clients’ overarching strategic and commercial goals.
Prior to joining LP, Emily was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she was an active member of various committees: Integrity & Compliance, Recruiting and Diversity & Inclusion. Emily has also served as Senior Counsel, Member Services, at Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, a leading legal professional liability insurer, where she focused on law firm business development and retention as well as assisting firm leaders in addressing coverage issues and business concerns relating to lawyers' professional liability and other large law firm exposures and risks.
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Education & Admissions
- University of Illinois, J.D., magna cum laude, B.A. English, magna cum laude, B.S. Psychology, Minor in Spanish
- Goodman Theater Scenemakers Board, an organization devoted to cultivating the next generation of theater lovers
- Illinois State Bar Association
What’s your favorite quote?
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door…You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
What’s your favorite way to spend your commuting time?
I’ve found that a great way to recharge (or unwind) is to focus on something completely external to myself, so I’ve started listening to podcasts. My favorite one is called Mobituaries, and features fascinating and hilarious obituaries of somewhat famous people who, for various reasons, never received their due.
What was your very first job?
I started working when I was 16 as a veterinary assistant and a barista at my small hometown’s coffee shop. Both roles required hard work, long days and humility. I learned the importance of doing all jobs well, no matter how large or small the job, and the satisfaction that comes from serving others.
“Emily – The Levenfeld team did an extraordinary job, and I want to thank you individually and also collectively for your firm’s skill and calm successfully navigating a high pressure transaction! Thanks again for the great work, and helping us get this over the finish line.”