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MCCA Rainmakers

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 is proud to announce its 2020 Rainmakers: 11 exceptional diverse attorneys whose business acumen, passion and dedication to proactive client development has set them apart as leaders in the legal profession.

MCCA congratulates the 2020 Rainmakers and celebrates the diversity of their race and ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation, and generational differences, as well as the diversity in their practice areas and career paths. The 2020 Rainmakers were selected from an exceptional group of prominent attorneys who have a proven record, over the course of several years, of compiling books of business exceeding $5 million annually and who have contributed significantly to their communities.

The 2020 MCCA Rainmakers were honored at our 2020 Creating Pathways to Diversity Virtual Conference on October 27, and at our 2020 Virtual Diversity Gala on October 28.

2020 Rainmakers

Bryan Brantley

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

Meet Bryan

Kobi Brinson

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

Meet Kobi

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

Laura Maechtlen

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Meet Laura

Alexandre Rene

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

Meet Alexandre

Sherrese Smith

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

Meet Sherrese

Ellisen Turner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Meet Ellisen

Eligibility Requirements

  • Past recipients of our Rainmakers award WILL NOT be eligible.
  • Past candidates 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.
  • 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-nomination is accepted.

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