Empowering individuals and businesses to achieve economic independence and self-sustainability through entrepreneurship

Martina is the founder of Martina Watson Law-- a virtual law practice focused on non-profit, small business, and intellectual property law. Martina thrives off of the belief that when people of color receive empowerment through education and resources, they can successfully obtain economic self-sustainability and independence through entrepreneurship. As an attorney, it is her goal to help minimize systemic inequalities that affect financial growth and sustainability by offering support to businesses and individuals wishing to succeed as entrepreneurs.

During law school, Martina interned at several public interest organizations, ranging from policy organizations to the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. While she has a passion for criminal justice reform and dismantling oppressive systems that lead to mass incarceration, she has found purpose in transactional work as a way to tackle economic structures that lead to systemic disenfranchisement. As a clinical student in the inaugural New York Law School Non-Profit and Small Business Clinic, she began to foster her passion for assisting new business owners with achieving their business goals. There, Martina worked to negotiate and finalize the first franchised worker-owned cooperative in the country. Before launching her practice, Martina also clerked in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Over the next few years, Martina’s goal is to present innovative ways for clients to achieve economic independence and self-sustainability, such as cooperative development and franchise establishment.

Martina currently lives in Dayton, OH. She is a proud graduate of an HBCU and obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Winston-Salem State University and her J.D. from New York Law School. She loves traveling and trying new plant-based recipes.


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  • Mwende Hahesy
    published this page in Legal Fellows 2022-04-18 15:00:23 -0700

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