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 compassion for those in need and a strong desire to give back to others.

The 2022 Rising Stars will be honored at our 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference on October 17-19 and at the 2022 Diversity Gala on October 19. 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.

Eligibility Requirements
  • 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, equity & inclusion; 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-nomination is accepted.

2022 Rising Stars

MCCA’s 2022 Rising Stars will be recognized at the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference on October 18 and at the Diversity Gala on October 19 for their professional achievements and commitment to improving his/her community.

* Learn more about our 2022 Rising Stars in the gallery below.

Gueter Aurelien

GUETER AURELIEN

Counsel,
Venable LLP

MEET GUETER  >

Bryan Browning

BRYAN BROWNING

Assistant General Counsel,
Head of Global Disputes,

Whirlpool Corporation

MEET BRYAN >

Nakimuli Davis-Primer

NAKIMULI DAVIS-PRIMER

Shareholder,
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

MEET NAKIMULI  >

Matt Depaz

MATT DEPAZ

Partner,
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

MEET MATT  >

Ronak Desai

RONAK D. DESAI

Of Counsel, Litigation,
Paul Hastings LLP

MEET RONAK  >

Jason Downs

JASON G. DOWNS

Shareholder,
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

MEET JASON  >

Charlene Gedeus

CHARLENE A. BARKER GEDEUS, ESQ.

Shareholder,
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

MEET CHARLENE >

Christopher Grant

CHRISTOPHER GRANT

Senior Lead Counsel,
LinkedIn Corporation

MEET CHRISTOPHER  >

Shanelle Henry

SHANELLE HENRY

Senior Corporate Counsel,
Microsoft

MEET SHANELLE  >

Naomi Hills

NAOMI K. HILLS

Senior Counsel,
GSK

MEET NAOMI  >

Tennille Hoover

TENNILLE HOOVER

Senior Corporate Counsel,
U.S. Bank

MEET TENNILLE  >

Michael Hui

MICHAEL J. HUI

Of Counsel,
Gunderson Dettmer Stough
Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

MEET MICHAEL  >

Paul Humphreys

PAUL HUMPHREYS

Partner,
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

MEET PAUL  >

Vanessa Jackson

VANESSA JACKSON

Partner,
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

MEET VANESSA  >

Justin Johnson

JUSTIN T. JOHNSON

Senior Counsel,
Global Affiliate Governance,
AbbVie, Inc.

MEET JUSTIN  >

John Kim

JOHN K. KIM

Counsel,
State Farm Mutual Automobile
Insurance Company

MEET JOHN  >

Michelle Martinez

MICHELLE MARTINEZ

Senior Counsel – Global Product,
eBay Inc.

MEET MICHELLE  >

Eva Pulliam

EVA J. PULLIAM

Partner,
ArentFox Schiff LLP

MEET EVA  >

Julius Redd

JULIUS M. REDD

Principal,
Beveridge & Diamond PC

MEET JULIUS  >

Helen Respass

HELEN L. RESPASS

Senior Legal Editor & Global Pro Bono Co-Chair,
Thomson Reuters

MEET HELEN  >

Christopher Riaño

CHRISTOPHER R. RIAÑO

Of Counsel,
Holland & Knight LLP

MEET CHRISTOPHER  >

Richard Rosalez

RICHARD C. ROSALEZ

Vice President, Litigation,
Samsung Electronics America

MEET RICHARD  >

Christine Swift

CHRISTINE N. SWIFT

VP, Litigation & Corporate Insurance,
Lincoln Financial Group

MEET CHRISTINE  >

Nikolas Takacs

NIKOLAS TAKACS

Senior Product and Regulatory Counsel,
Marqeta

MEET NIKOLAS  >

Sue Xia

SUE XIA

Lead Counsel – Patents and Open Source,
Walmart

MEET SUE  >

Past MCCA Rising Stars

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