Savoy Magazine Announces The Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015 Savoy Magazine Announces The Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015

Savoy Magazine releases their Spring issue featuring the 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers. This comprehensive list features the top partners from leading national law firms and corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies.

With the release of their Spring Issue, Savoy announces their 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers featured list. The listing is comprised of the “best of the best” of Black lawyers that are partners within leading national law firms and also corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 corporations. As diversity and inclusion for legal professionals continues to grow, Savoy’s listing of “top lawyers” emerges with an influential cross section of legal professionals representing a diverse range of expertise with national and global responsibilities.

Savoy is proud to be at the vanguard of recognizing excellence and success within private industry and corporate professionals,” said L.P. Green, II, Publisher, Savoy Magazine. “Recognizing the Most Influential Black Lawyers is a natural extension of our ongoing coverage of influencers and achievers that began with the creation of the Most Influential Black Executives and Most Influential Black Women listings. We remain committed to recognizing and exposing the world to the full spectrum of excellence within the African American community.”

The expansive new issue of Savoy features a cover story on Theodore “Ted” V. Wells, Jr., Partner and Co-Chair of Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP. Wells is a globally respected lawyer and was named one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” by the National Law Journal. Wells is also leading the NFL’s “Deflate Gate” investigation regarding under inflated game balls provided during the playoffs for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Savoy focuses this issue on the top lawyers, showcasing visionaries, leaders and advocates – including partners and counsel – within the legal profession who are widely recognized for their professionalism, protection of rights and community service. The latest issue of Savoy features profiles and coverage of:

  • Dennis Archer, First African American President of the American Bar Association and former Mayor of Detroit
  • Paulette Brown, President Elect of the American Bar Association, First African American Woman elected to this position, Partner, Locke Lord Edwards LLP
  • Robert Grey, President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Laurie N. Robinson Haden, Founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • Kamala D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California
  • Eric Holder, United States Attorney General
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
  • Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney General Nominee
  • Pamela J. Meanes, President, National Bar Association
  • Charles Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Rick Palmore, Former General Counsel of General Mills and his work to expand diversity in the legal profession

Savoy is proud to congratulate those recognized within the 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers listing. We salute their achievement and leadership working at the highest levels within firms of influence and global corporations,” added Green. This is the definitive and most comprehensive list of Black lawyers compiled within the last five years and we’re proud to share their impact with our readers.”

Most Influential Black Lawyers 2015

Joseph B. Alexander, Jr., Managing Partner, Southeast US, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Cheryl D. Barnes, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Stephen D. Barnes, Partner, Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman

Sheila S. Boston, Partner, Kaye Scholer LLP

A. Shonn Brown, Partner, Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP

Paulette Brown, Partner & President Elect, American Bar Association, Locke Lord Edwards LLP

Marla R. Butler, Assistant Managing Partner, New York Office, Robins Kaplan LLP

Todd Chandler, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Inajo Davis Chappell, Partner, Chair of the Nonprofit Group, Ulmer & Berne LLP

Shauna Johnson Clark, Partner, Head of the US Employment and Labor Practice, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Brent O.E. Clinkscale, Partner, Head of Litigation for South Carolina Offices, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

William E. Cook, Jr., Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Michelle A. Cooke, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Benjamin L. Crump, Partner, Parks and Crump, LLC

John W. Daniels, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Quarles & Brady LLP

Ahmed J. Davis, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Lisa E. Davis, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Cari K. Dawson, Partner, Chair of the Class Action Practice Team, Alston & Bird LLP

Richard H. Deane Jr., Managing Partner, Atlanta Office, Jones Day LLP

Joseph M. Drayton, Partner, Cooley LLP

Martiné “Marty” R. Dunn, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Barack Echols, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Lynnette D. Espy-Williams, Partner, Cozen O’Connor

Sherrie L. Farrell, Managing Partner, Detroit Office, Dykema Gossett PLLC

Kelly-Ann Gibbs-Cartwright, Managing Principal, Miami Office, Holland & Knight LLP

Jeanne M. Gills, Partner, Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Department, Foley & Lardner LLP

Denise M. Grant, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Ernest Greer, Managing Shareholder, Atlanta Office, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Robert J. Grey Jr., Partner & President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Hunton & Williams LLP

Keir Gumbs, Partner, Covington and Burling LLP

Roy E. Hadley, Jr., Partner, Co-Chair of the Privacy & Information Security Team, Thompson Hine LLP

Denise E. Hanna, Partner, Chair of the Health Care Practice Group, Locke Lord Edwards LLP

Emery K. Harlan, Chairman, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP

Peter C. Harvey, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Mark Hatcher, Partner, BakerHostetler LLP

Peter L. Haviland, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Tracy Richelle High, Deputy Managing Partner, Litigation Group, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Craig Holden, Partner & President, State Bar of California, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Patricia Brown Holmes, Partner, Head of the Compliance, Investigations and White Collar Group, Schiff Hardin LLP

Earsa R. Jackson, Partner, Chair of the Franchise & Distribution Practice, Strasburger & Price, LLP

Lacy Johnson, Partner, Co-Chair of the Public Affairs and Gaming Group, Ice Miller LLP

Dionysia Johnson-Massie, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Tyree P. Jones, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Weldon H. Latham, Shareholder, Chair of the Corporate Diversity Counseling Group, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, Partner, Co-Head of the Labor & Employment Team, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Tanya Lawson, Partner, Sedgwick LLP

Denise J. Lewis, Partner, Founder of the Urban Redevelopment Practice, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Michelle N. Lipkowitz, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP

Kassem L. Lucas, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Michael C. Marsh, Partner, Akerman LLP

Curtis J. Martin, II, Attorney, Miller & Martin PLLC

George Keith Martin, Managing Partner, Richmond Office, McGuireWoods LLP

Samuel Matchett, Partner, King & Spalding LLP

Joseph McCoy, Managing Partner, Chicago Office, Bryan Cave LLP

Lorraine McGowen, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Pamela J. Meanes, Partner & President of the National Bar Association, Thompson Coburn LLP

Darrell Miller, Managing Partner, Chair of the Entertainment Department, Fox Rothschild LLP

Alan K. Mills, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Leslie D. Minier, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Cornell Leverette Moore, Of Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Portia R. Moore, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Frederick R. Nance, Regional Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Andre Owens, Partner, WilmerHale LLP

Daryl D. Parks, Partner, Parks and Crump, LLC

Diane Patrick, Co-Managing Partner, Boston Office, Ropes & Gray LLP

Luis R. Penalver, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Anthony T. Pierce, Managing Partner, Washington D.C. Office, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Obrea Poindexter, Partner, Co-Chair of the Financial Services Group, Morrison & Foerster LLP

David D. Powell, Jr., Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Shemin V. Proctor, Managing Partner, Washington D.C. Office, Andrews Kurth LLP

Donald Prophete, Partner, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

Ricky Raven, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

Stephen Robinson, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Alex G. Romain, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP

Michelle Rudd, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Angela Russell, Managing Partner, Baltimore Office, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Dawn Siler-Nixon, Partner, Ford & Harrison LLP

Robyn Minter Smyers, Managing Partner, Cleveland Office, Thompson Hine LLP

Grace Speights, Managing Partner, Washington D.C. Office, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

T. Reed Stephens, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Karen L. Stevenson, Of Counsel, Buchalter Nemer LLP

Paul W. Sweeney, Jr., Administrative Partner, Los Angeles Office, K&L Gates LLP

Errol B. Taylor, Partner, Head of the Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation Practice, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Nigel Telman, Partner, Co-Head of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group, Proskauer Rose LLP

Anita Wallace Thomas, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Clyde Tinnen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Rossie E. Turman III, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Helen E. Tuttle, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Kendal H. Tyre, Partner, Chair of the Africa Group, Nixon Peabody LLP

James L. Waters, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Maurice A. Watson, Chairman, Husch Blackwell LLP

Sanford E. Watson, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Partner Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

William K. Whitner, Partner, Chair of the Litigation Department, Paul Hastings LLP

Fletcher H. “Flash” Wiley, Of Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Laura A. Wilkinson, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Bart H. Williams, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Gregory B. Williams, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Benjamin F. Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond P.C.

Thurman W. Zollicoffer, Jr., Partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

Most Influential Black Lawyers 2015 – Corporate Counsel

Damien Atkins, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel (Corporate) and Chief Compliance Officer, AOL Inc.

Sharon R. Barner, Vice President, General Counsel, Cummins, Inc.

Dominic Blue, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

N. Cornell Boggs, III, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Dow Corning

Alfreda Bradley-Coar, General Counsel, GE Healthcare

James T. Breedlove, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Praxair, Inc.

Jason L. Brown, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Dyson, Inc.

Marcus V. Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Entergy Corporation

Denise R. Cade, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, SunCoke Energy

Tracy-Elizabeth Clay, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Teach For America

Bevelyn Coleman, Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Wells Fargo

Mark C. Darrell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, The Laclede Group

David C. Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google

Ron J. Edwards, Global Information Technology Counsel, Deere & Company

Linda M. Gadsby, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Scholastic Inc.

Taa Grays, Assistant General Counsel and Chief of Staff, MetLife, Inc.

Bernard Gugar, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Harpo, Inc.

Kimberley D. Harris, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, NBCUniversal

Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, United Airlines

Reginald D. Hedgebeth, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Spectra Energy

Reginald Henderson, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Kirkland Hicks, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Towers Watson & Co.

David S. Huntley, Chief Compliance Officer, AT&T, Inc.

Michelle C. Ifill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon

Bruce Jackson, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Derek Jackson, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Miami Marlins

Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation, MGM Resorts International

Joia M. Johnson, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, Hanesbrands Inc.

Damon Jones, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Washington Nationals Baseball Club

Nicole Jones, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Cigna

JoAnn Lee, Assistant General Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation

E.M. Lysonge, Vice President, Legal Affairs & Assistant Secretary, Churchill Downs Incorporated

Angelique Strong Marks, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, MAHLE Industries Inc.

Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The New York Public Library

Teri Plummer McClure, Chief Legal, Communications and Compliance Officer, UPS

Rhonda Joy McLean, Deputy General Counsel, Time Inc.

Michelle Miller, Vice President, Senior Counsel, Employment Law, Medtronic

Elizabeth D. Moore, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Phyllis Golden Morey, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Litigation, Ingersoll Rand

John E. Page, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility and Legal Officer, Golden State Foods Corp.

Roderick A. (Rick) Palmore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer, Secretary, General Mills, Inc.

Rodney C. Pratt, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Converse, Inc.

Donald Remy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Christopher P. Reynolds, Group Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Toyota Motor North America

Laurie N. Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, CBS Corporation

Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Home Depot

Kim K.W. Rucker, Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Teresa M. Sebastian, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Darden Restaurants

Gilda Spencer, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, The Allstate Corporation

Deirdre Stanley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary, Thomson Reuters Corporation

Lewis A. Steverson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Corning Incorporated

Neal Suggs, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Scott Taylor, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Symantec Corporation

Deborah H. Telman, Vice President & General Counsel, Centers of Excellence-Americas, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Leslie T. Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc.

Michael K. Tucker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Avis Budget Group

Ernest A. Tuckett III, General Counsel, Americas, Akzo Nobel

Leslie M. Turner, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Hershey Company

Wanji J. Walcott, Senior Vice President & Managing Counsel, American Express Company

Chad E. Walker, General Counsel, Central Division, McDonald’s Corporation

Kevin Warren, Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs, Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC

Tony West, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Pepsico

Angela F. Williams, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administration Officer, YMCA Of The USA

Keith H. Williamson, Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Centene Corporation

 

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