Malaka Watson is a transactional attorney with extensive experience in federal, state, and corporate contracts. She currently serves as Corporate Counsel for HealthTrust, an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Prior to HCA, Malaka served as the contracts attorney for the State of Tennessee Department of Health where her practice primarily focused on government contracting, procurement, public health law, and administrative law. Before joining the State, Malaka worked for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee where she provided legal support to most departments across the enterprise, including human resources, provider contracts, marketing, commercial business, and other operational areas.
Malaka is a member of several professional and community organizations, including, the Tennessee Bar Association, American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section, YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee (junior board), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She earned her J.D. in 2010 from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was Student Materials Editor of the Tennessee Law Review and President of Law Women. Malaka is also the creator of Scales of Style, a life and style blog that provides inspiration, style suggestions, and shopping tips to the modern and urban professional. The blog’s content covers women’s clothing, Nashville happenings, travel, and a little of all things stylish and creative. In her spare time, Malaka enjoys music, art, fashion, traveling, reading and blogging.