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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 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.

Selected Rising Stars will be profiled and recognized on our website and social media throughout the year. The 2021 Rising Stars were honored at our 2021 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference on October 12 and at the 2021 Diversity Gala on October 13.. The profiles of all the past Rising Star 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.

2021 Rising Stars

Victoria Beckman

Principal Corporate Counsel –
Lead DCU Americas,
Microsoft Corporation

Meet Victoria
Sponsored Honoree Video

Lavonne Burke Hopkins

Sr. Managing Legal Director- Security & Resilency, Digital (IT),
Dell Technologies, LLC

Meet Lavonne

Cyndie Chang

Managing Partner, Los Angeles,
Duane Morris LLP

Meet Cyndie

Cynthia Fernandez Lumermann

Partner,
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Meet Cynthia

John Fisher

Partner & Head of US Technology and Life Sciences M&A,
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
US LLP

Meet John

Katisha Fortune

Managing Counsel, Global Regulatory Risk & Remediation,
Walmart Inc.

Meet Katisha
Sponsored Honoree Video

Albert Giang

Partner,
King & Spalding LLP

Meet Albert
Sponsored Honoree Video

Kristin Givens

Counsel,
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Meet Kristin

Nnedinma Ifudu Nweke

Partner,
Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer & Feld LLP

Meet Nnedinma

Eddie Jauregui

Partner,
Holland & Knight LLP

Meet Eddie
Sponsored Honoree Video

Sumit Mallick

Associate General Counsel,
Chime Financial, Inc.

Meet Sumit

Tania Moyron

US Region Co-Chair, Global Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Group,
Dentons US LLP

Meet Tania

Shaila Lakhani Ohri

Assistant General Counsel,
Exelon Corporation

Meet Shaila
Sponsored Honoree Video

Cedric Powell

Special Counsel,
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Meet Cedric
Sponsored Honoree Video

Roy Prather III

Partner,
Beveridge & Diamond P.C.

Meet Roy

Courtney Reid

Lead Counsel, Broker-Dealer & Investment Adviser Practice Group,
MassMutual

Meet Courtney

Terence Rozier-Byrd

Partner,
Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer & Feld LLP

Meet Terence

Rahael Seifu

Senior Counsel,
Google LLC

Meet Rahael

Bryan Webster

Senior Product Counsel,
eBay Inc.

Meet Bryan
Sponsored Honoree Video

Carlos White

Partner,
Husch Blackwell LLP

Meet Carlos

Micheal Binns

Atlanta Office Development Partner,
Parker Poe

Meet Micheal

Danielle Coleman

Senior Litigation Counsel,
VMware, Inc.

Meet Danielle

Alesha Dominique

Partner,
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Meet Alesha
Sponsored Honoree Video

Conway Ekpo

Executive Director,
Morgan Stanley

Meet Conway
Sponsored Honoree Video

Susan Garcia

Associate General Counsel,
Thomson Reuters

Meet Susan
Sponsored Honoree Video

Christine Hardy

Deputy General Counsel & Information Governance Counsel,
Norfolk Southern Corporation

Meet Christine

Sonny Haynes

Partner,
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Meet Sonny
Sponsored Honoree Video

M. Janine Jjingo

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

Meet M. Janine

Terry Johnson

Partner,
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Meet Terry
Sponsored Honoree Video

Ely Juarez Pennant

Senior Counsel,
Spotify Inc.

Meet Ely

Jesse Nevarez

Partner,
Goodwin Procter LLP

Meet Jesse

Smita Rajmohan

Product Counsel,
Apple

Meet Smita

Maria Salcedo

Partner,
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Meet Maria
Sponsored Honoree Video

Volha Samasiuk

Senior Privacy Counsel,
Autodesk, Inc.

Meet Volha

Cecilia Sanabria

Partner,
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Meet Cecilia

Tiffany Smith

Partner,
WilmerHale

Meet Tiffany
Sponsored Honoree Video

Casiya Thaniel

Attorney,
Microsoft Corporation

Meet Casiya
Sponsored Honoree Video

Bernard Williams Jr.

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

Meet Bernard
Sponsored Honoree Video

Bonnie Wolf

Associate Vice President, Litigation Employment Department,
Nationwide Insurance

Meet Bonnie

Maya Yamazaki

Partner,
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Meet Maya
Sponsored Honoree Video

Eligibility Requirements for MCCA’s Rising Stars:

  • Past MCCA Rising Stars are NOT eligible
  • Past nominees who were NOT selected ARE encouraged to reapply.
  • 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.
  • 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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