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MCCA Rainmakers

The 2021 Rainmakers Award Nominations are closed.

MCCA’s Annual List of Rainmakers proves that the profession has talented diverse attorneys who also have valuable client development skills. MCCA honors attorneys from across the nation who have achieved success through innovative, consistent and proactive business development. Their success stories offer insight and value to attorneys at every career stage.

MCCA will profile and recognize the 2021 Rainmaker honorees on our website and social media throughout the year. We will also honor them for their accomplishments at MCCA’s 2021 Creating Pathways to Diversity on October 12 and at the 2021 Diversity Gala on October 13. The profiles of all the past Rainmaker honorees can be found below and their sponsored spotlight videos can be found here.

Our goal is for the honorees to embody a wide representation, including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, attorneys with disabilities, geographic location and practice area.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Past MCCA Rainmakers are NOT eligible.
  • Past nominees who were NOT selected ARE encouraged to reapply.
  • Nominated attorneys must have a proven record of compiling a book of business exceeding $5 million annually, including over the past 3 years.
  • Nominated attorneys must have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and service to the community.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion.
  • Nominated attorneys must have outstanding pro bono contributions. Please provide details on the number of clients served, numbers of hours contributed, impact of the service on clients, and/or the impact of the service on a pro bono program and/or community.
  • Firms may choose to proffer more than one person, but a firm will not be represented by more than one attorney in the final group.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.

2020 Rainmakers

Bryan Brantley

Partner; Co-Leader, Transportation Industry Team,
McGuireWoods LLP

Meet Bryan
Sponsored Honoree Video

Kobi Brinson

Partner; Member, Executive Committee; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee,
Winston & Strawn, LLP

Meet Kobi
Sponsored Honoree Video

Phil Cha

Partner, Team Lead, and Board Member,
Duane Morris LLP

Meet Phil

Will Chuchawat

Partner and M&A Team Leader,
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Meet Will

Brendan Gutierrez McDonnell

K&L Gates LLP

Meet Brendan

Shari Klevens


Meet Shari

Ronald Machen

Partner; Co-Chair of White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice; Management Committee Member,

Meet Ronald
Sponsored Honoree Video

Laura Maechtlen

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Meet Laura
Sponsored Honoree Video

Alexandre Rene

Partner, Co-Chair, Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group,
Ropes & Gray LLP

Meet Alexandre
Sponsored Honoree Video

Sherrese Smith

Partner; Vice Chair, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity,
Paul Hastings LLP

Meet Sherrese
Sponsored Honoree Video

Ellisen Turner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Meet Ellisen
Sponsored Honoree Video

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