hen you meet Mo Watson, the first thing she will tell you about the Denver Bar Association is that she hopes you it will find the DBA to be the “natural community of support” that she has. Mo got to know the DBA right out law school when she engaged with the DBA Young Lawyers Division. After serving as chair of the DBA YLD, she became an active member on the DBA Strategic Planning Committee that has helped set a new direction for the DBA. She has also served as a DBA Board of Trustees member since 2015. In the coming year, Mo hopes that all of our Denver lawyers can start to “see the DBA as a place where they belong.”
Maureen, who became “Mo” through an active athletic career, was born in Michigan. After her family spent 10 years in Europe, she moved back to Michigan for high school and then attended Montana State University. Mo graduated summa cum laude with degrees in political science and philosophy and, following a brief stint in Washington, D.C., Mo came to Colorado to study at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
In law school, Mo won numerous academic and leadership awards, was senior editor of the DU Law Review, achieved a first place victory in the William C. Vic International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Shanghai, China and graduated in the top 8% of her class. After graduating, she worked as an associate for Fennemore Craig, P.C., in Denver for several years, where she maintained a diverse civil litigation practice.
In 2016, Mo was hired as the General Counsel and Vice President of CQG, Inc., a large international financial software company headquartered in Denver. At CQG, Mo handles all corporate contract negotiations, oversees the company’s litigation matters, and manages CQG’s compliance efforts. Serving as the first and only counsel for a large corporation brought a host of new experiences and challenges, and Mo credits this position with expanding her thinking about legal practice and the legal community.
Mo’s strong engagement with and commitment to the Bar means she has a deep understanding of the mission of the organization, its history, and its goals for the future. As the first in-house attorney to preside over the DBA, she brings a unique perspective to the organization that will help lead it to recognize growing diversity in the legal profession. As the youngest ever President of the DBA, Mo has unique insights into the new challenges facing those in practice today. Mo understands that the legal profession continues to be in a period of enormous transition. She is focused on the question of how the DBA can work to preserve the most important values of legal practice — professionalism, high quality service, pro bono assistance — while delivering services to members in a landscape of rapidly shifting economic, technological, and demographic realities.
Outside of her governance roles with the DBA, Mo is active with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, is a regular volunteer at Colorado Legal Nights, among other pro bono organizations. Additionally, Mo is active in other community organizations and non-profit boards.
When not working, Mo enjoys skiing, travel, and spending time with her family. Her husband, Jon, is an attorney with Sherman & Howard; he and Mo met in their first DU law school class together, Torts with Professor Pepper. Their daughter, Avery, was born last December and she is quickly learning to share with her dog brother, Atticus. Mo is a former competitive alpine ski racer and remains an avid recreational skier.
The DBA is excited to welcome Mo Watson as our new president for 2018-19, and thrilled to introduce her to our membership. D