Joshua H. Watson

Special Counsel


Joshua Watson is a special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Boston office, where he is a member of the firm’s Fund Formation and Investment Management Practice.

Josh focuses his practice on advising investment managers when they form and operate private investment funds, and institutional investors when they participate in private investment fund transactions.

On the sponsor side of his practice, Josh advises investment managers on all aspects of forming and operating private investment funds. Josh’s sponsor-side experience includes representing managers to venture capital funds, funds of funds, secondary funds, hedge funds, credit funds, and other types of funds. Josh particularly enjoys working with emerging and first-time fund managers.

On the investor side of his practice, Josh advises institutional investors when they invest in private investment funds such as buyout funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, credit funds, and hedge funds. His investor-side clients have included governmental pension plans, corporate pension plans, university endowments, funds of funds, secondary funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, and family investment offices. Josh also advises clients when they buy or sell private investment fund interests on the secondary market.

Prior to joining Foley, Josh was counsel in the private investment funds group at another law firm in Boston.


Josh earned his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with high honors, in 2005 and served as technology editor for the Connecticut Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Trinity College.


  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut