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MCCA Rising Stars

MCCA’s Rising Stars is an annual list featuring stellar attorneys whose accomplishments and dedication to the legal profession and to their community place them among those “attorneys to watch”. The MCCA Rising Stars may be of different ages and at varying stages in their careers, but they all possess the love of law, ambition, and pursuit of excellence, while possessing a compassion for those in need and a strong desire to give back to others.

MCCA is proud to announce the Top 20 Rising Stars of 2020! As we push for greater equity and systemic change, it is more important than ever we celebrate the achievements of these 20 talented diverse attorneys leading the charge for systemic change in their communities and workplaces.

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

2020 Rising Stars

Micheal Binns

Atlanta Office Development Partner,
Parker Poe

Meet Micheal

Danielle Coleman

Senior Litigation Counsel,
VMware, Inc.

Meet Danielle

Alesha Dominique

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Meet Alesha

Conway Ekpo

Executive Director,
Morgan Stanley

Meet Conway

Susan Garcia

Associate General Counsel,
Thomson Reuters

Meet Susan

Christine Hardy

Deputy General Counsel & Information Governance Counsel,
Norfolk Southern Corporation

Meet Christine

Sonny Haynes

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Meet Sonny

M. Janine Jjingo

Partner, Banking Group,
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Meet M. Janine

Terry Johnson

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Meet Terry

Ely Juarez Pennant

Senior Counsel,
Spotify Inc.

Meet Ely

Jesse Nevarez

Goodwin Procter LLP

Meet Jesse

Smita Rajmohan

Product Counsel,

Meet Smita

Maria Salcedo

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Meet Maria

Volha Samasiuk

Senior Privacy Counsel,
Autodesk, Inc.

Meet Volha

Cecilia Sanabria

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Meet Cecilia

Tiffany Smith

Wilmer Cutler Picking Hale and Dorr LLP

Meet Tiffany

Casiya Thaniel

Microsoft Corporation

Meet Casiya

Bernard Williams Jr.

Director, Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering Governance & Compliance Training,

Meet Bernard

Bonnie Wolf

Associate Vice President, Litigation Employment Department,
Nationwide Insurance

Meet Bonnie

Maya Yamazaki

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Meet Maya

Eligibility Requirements for MCCA’s Rising Stars:

  • Minimum of eight years of experience in the legal profession.
  • Show outstanding achievement and leadership in the legal profession.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion & equity; community service and pro bono work.
  • Previous MCCA Rising Stars are not eligible.
  • There is no age requirement or limit.
  • Companies and law firms may nominate more than one attorney, but only one may be chosen from that company or firm.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.

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