Dorothy E. Watson

Of Counsel


Dorothy E. Watson is of counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm's Environmental Regulation Practice and Energy and Manufacturing Industry Teams.

Ms. Watson has worked with clients on a wide range of environmental matters, including compliance counseling, rulemaking, permitting, site remediation, brownfield redevelopment, corporate transactions, and litigation matters. Her experience extends to matters under Superfund, RCRA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, TSCA, FIFRA, MSHA, and OSHA, as well as state environmental regulations. Ms. Watson has advised municipalities and public utilities in addition to both privately-held and publicly-traded companies.

Ms. Watson has additional experience in the areas of land development, real estate and municipal law. Her work in these areas has often involved review of land titles, surveys, and development plans, drafting and negotiation of purchase agreements and crafting of municipal ordinances.

In addition to her legal experience at Foley, Ms. Watson served as in-house environmental counsel for Schlumberger, the global leader in oilfield technology and services. In this capacity, Ms. Watson provided counsel on environmental matters worldwide, including matters related to chemical regulatory compliance and oilfield-specific regulations.

Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Watson worked as an associate executive director at Association Management Service Partners, Inc., and a director of programs/communications for Total Association Management Services, Inc. In these positions, she worked with professional associations in the hospitality, legal, and medical fields.

In 2013, Ms. Watson was honored as a “40 Under 40” by the Orlando Business Journal and also received the Stephens/Register Memorial Award for her service to the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar. In addition, the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association awarded Ms. Watson its 2012 New Attorney Award of Excellence for her outstanding commitment to pro bono work.

Ms. Watson graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., with honors, 2007), where she was awarded the book award in legal drafting. While attending law school, Ms. Watson served as a federal judicial intern for the Honorable James S. Moody and the Honorable Elizabeth A. Jenkins. She graduated with a degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard University (B.A., with honors, 1999), where she was a National Merit Scholar, and a Stride Rite Scholar.

Ms. Watson is admitted to practice in Florida and Texas.

Representative Matters

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Foley represented Guggenheim Baseball Management in its acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking the single largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise. The new ownership group is led by Mark Walter, Chief Executive Officer of Guggenheim Partners, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber, and Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, among others. The transaction, valued at over $2 billion, closed as of April 30, 2012, per an agreement between owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball (MLB) that was approved by the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, with funding occurring on May 1, 2012. This complex transaction was a unique and highly competitive sale process and tight timeline that required closing within 30 days of being selected as the winning bidder and special consideration to matters related to mergers and acquisitions, tax, bankruptcy, financing, real estate and land use, and media rights, among other areas. Overall, more than 60 Foley attorneys from 11 offices and 12 different practice groups assisted on the transaction, demonstrating both the breadth and depth of Foley’s capabilities in assisting clients to navigate such complex and high-profile transactions. The Dodgers transaction follows on the heels of Foley's successful recent representations of Wayne Weaver in his sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Rangers Baseball Express LLC in its acquisition of the Texas Rangers, and the Ricketts Family in its acquisition of the Chicago Cubs, which previously held the record price for an MLB franchise sale at $845 million.
Represented the City of Sanford, Florida, as a prior owner and operator of a plant through nearly 20 years of study and site clean-up and the successful completion of remediation in 2011.
Provided counsel in connection with environmental compliance and worker safety to United Space Alliance, NASA’s primary contractor for all space shuttle operations.