RISING STARS 2018
MCCA’s Annual List of Rising Stars proves that the profession has upcoming talent who may or may not be of a certain age group or practice law as a second career, but they all give back. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their practice areas, but what these Rising Stars have in common is their love of law, their diligence, and pursuit of excellence, while possessing a compassion for those in need and a strong desire to give back to others. They are dedicated to their profession, but have also learned the art of balancing work with a life that includes being expert speakers, authors, volunteers and leaders in their communities.
Though they are different ages and at varying stages in their careers, they share a common goal to pursue justice in its various forms. The nomination pool of talented Rising Stars was great, but the Minority Corporate Counsel Association narrowed the field down to 10 stellar attorneys whose accomplishments and dedication to the field and to their community place them among those “attorneys to watch” in the legal profession.
The 2018 MCCA Rising Stars were profiled in MCCA’S flagship publication Diversity & the Bar® and honored at our annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference in New York on October 2, 2018. We salute the MCCA Rising Stars!
PAST MCCA RISING STARS
Juan A. Arteaga
Crowell & Moring LLP
Juan A. Arteaga is an antitrust and white collar partner in Crowell & Moring’s New York office. He is a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, where he led and oversaw various high-profile civil and criminal investigations and litigation. His practice focuses primarily on advising companies, boards of directors, special committees, and executives on a broad range of civil and criminal antitrust matters, including litigation, merger reviews, and government and internal investigations. Juan also represents clients in a wide range of high-profile and complex regulatory investigations and commercial litigation, including securities litigation, shareholder derivative actions, class actions, and international arbitrations.
Juan has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in high-stakes investigations and litigation, including AT&T, United Technologies Corp., JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, UBS, RBS, Deutsche Bank, KKR, Blackstone, and MasterCard.
Juan has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous professional publications and associations, including the New York Law Journal (Distinguished Leaders and Rising Star Awards), Law360 (Rising Star Award), Hispanic National Bar Association (Top Lawyer Under 40 Award), and Ethisphere Institute (Attorneys Who Matter Award). He has also received various awards for his pro bono work and volunteers on the boards of Legal Outreach, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., and Free the Slaves.
Juan received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as a managing editor of the Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship. After law school, Juan served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Ford Motor Company
Tamira Chapman is a life-long entrepreneur. Tamira’s accomplishments include: establishing an online retail business that achieved #1 in market share, pioneering Ford Motor Company’s health care and global social media compliance marketing strategies, and representing globally-recognized companies and entertainers as an attorney.
She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University and practiced law as an associate attorney at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Detroit. During her tenure, she negotiated software and data licensing, distribution, and technology agreements with several Fortune 50 companies, worked on high-profile intellectual property cases, and represented many well-known public figures.
Tamira joined Ford Motor Company, where she successfully took on several entrepreneurial roles ensuring innovation. Tamira managed Ford’s worldwide employee benefits strategies, provided legal counsel for benefit plans for employees and members, and developed Ford’s HIPAA compliance program. Tamira also assisted in developing and directing Ford’s comprehensive global social media compliance strategy throughout North America, Europe, and China.
She has made a commitment to improve communities and grow organizations through fundraising efforts. Tamira developed a rapidly expanding subscription box and fundraising-as-a-service company that enables organizations to generate an additional revenue stream with turnkey fundraising solutions. In 18 months, the business entered licensing deals with some of the world’s largest and most renowned brands and secured tens of thousands of online subscriptions to ensure sustained fundraising for licensed partners.
Tamira also helps other entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life and enjoys participating in the revitalization of Downtown Detroit with her family.
E. Martin Estrada
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
E. Martin Estrada is a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice is focused on trials, arbitrations, complex litigation and internal investigations.
Mr. Estrada represents major corporations and executives before both federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including business disputes, technology, antitrust, environmental regulation, securities, banking and competition law. His clients include Twentieth Century Fox Film, Amgen, BNSF, LG Electronics and the Norton Simon Museum.
A former federal prosecutor and supervisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Estrada is an experienced litigator who has tried over two dozen federal and state trials and arbitrations, argued a dozen appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals, and handled numerous legal and evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts.
Mr. Estrada has consistently been involved in public interest work and pro bono representations, including in the areas of asylum, education and domestic violence prevention. In July 2018, he obtained a landmark victory in one of the largest educational rights cases in the country seeking to establish equal rights to education for Latinos and other minority groups in New Mexico.
Mr. Estrada is an active member of the legal and civic communities, having served as a board member of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Alliance for Children’s Rights and a member of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) of the State Bar of California. He also teaches appellate advocacy at Loyola Law School.
Director, Associate General Counsel,
Roy Haynes is a proud husband and father of two little girls. He is extremely curious about the world around him and how he can use his talents to make it better. It was this curiosity that led him to become an attorney at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“CGMI”) while remaining deeply involved in various community volunteer activities.
At CGMI, Roy is a Director and Associate General Counsel. He works as an attorney structuring complex financial transactions and assuring that Citi upholds its mission of being a trusted partner to its clients and the world community by providing responsible financial services that enable growth and economic progress for all.
Outside of Citi, Roy is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Legal Information for Families Today (“LIFT”). LIFT is an innovative non-profit organization which each year empowers 25,000 unrepresented families to advocate for themselves in New York City Family Court by providing legal advice, information and compassionate guidance. He also mentors at risk youth in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn through his church, high school males through his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, law students of color through the Practicing Attorneys for Law Students program (“PALS”) and a host of other youth through informal relationships.
When Roy is not working or volunteering he enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with people he cares about and rooting for the Yankees.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Robin Nunn serves as co-leader of Morgan Lewis’s banking industry team, where she focuses on complex civil litigation, enforcement litigation, white collar defense, transactional due diligence, creation and review of corporate compliance programs, and investigation matters. She previously served as in-house counsel with two Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Nunn is active in the ABA’s Business Law Section, where she is Chair of the Consumer Financial Services Committee D&I Task Force as well as the Banking Law Committee’s D&I Task Force. The honors bestowed on Ms. Nunn for her work in diversity and pro bono representation include a Pro Bono Publico Award, The National Black Lawyers Top 100, Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching Award, The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award, the Equal Justice Works Fellow Award, The University of Chicago Law School Pro Bono Award, and the Dartmouth College Senior Fellowship Award for a novella she wrote entitled Women Warriors on the Kenya Kikuyu Women’s role in the Mau Mau Movement of the 1950’s. Ms. Nunn received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review.
Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation,
Shayne O’Reilly is Associate General Counsel for IP Litigation at Facebook, Inc. where he manages domestic and international intellectual property litigation matters. Prior to joining Facebook, Shayne worked for Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP where his practice focused on intellectual property law, with a primary focus on patent litigation, client counseling, technology transactions, due diligence investigations, and contentious inter and ex parte post grant and reissue work. His practice also included advising clients on Internet, privacy, and cybersecurity law including privacy policies, website terms and conditions, and legal audits of relevant practices and procedures. Shayne is a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Christine Abuel Pompa
Senior Patent Counsel,
The Kraft Heinz Company
Christine Pompa is Senior Patent Counsel at The Kraft Heinz Company. She is the lead patent lawyer responsible for developing and managing the strategy for the company’s global patent portfolio and drafting and negotiating a wide range of technology agreements for the company’s research and development function. Prior to joining Kraft Heinz, Christine was a partner at Fitch Even, a boutique IP firm. There, Christine was a litigator with trial experience whose practice focused principally on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation as well as opinion counseling and technology transactions.
Christine is an active member of the legal community. She was President of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago. She also has served on the Board for the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.
Christine is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She served on the steering committee to start-up the Chicago Chapter for ChIPs (a national organization dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of technology, law, and policy) and on the Corporate Committee for Chicago Women in IP.
Christine is committed to incorporating pro bono services into her practice. She has represented low-income clients in guardianship proceedings and civil actions through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and has provided legal services through Lawyers for the Creative Arts. She also serves as the Treasurer of a local arts organization in her local community, the Comfort Station Logan Square, which is a non-profit organization that provides multidisciplinary arts programming that is open and accessible to everyone.
Williams & Connolly LLP
Ana C. Reyes Co-Chairs Williams & Connolly’s International Litigation practice group and is a member of its Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on complex litigation and international arbitration. She has handled matters for foreign governments, foreign officials, multi-national corporations, and international organizations. Most recently, she successfully defended a former president of a foreign country in a three-week jury trial. It was the first time a former president has been tried before a jury in the United States. Ana has focused her pro bono efforts on representing individuals who seek asylum. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies has written, “Ana represents the very best of the legal profession: an accomplished and skilled litigator who provides the same high quality zealous advocacy whether she is representing an international corporation, a foreign government, or a refugee child.”
In 2017, Ana was named as the D.C. Women’s Bar Association’s Woman Lawyer of the Year. She has also been named by The National Law Journal in its Outstanding Women Lawyers list, which recognized “the 75 most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today” (2015), as an Immigration Trailblazer (2018), as one of “D.C.’s Rising Stars” (2014), and one of the top 40 minority lawyers under 40 in the country (2011). She has been named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation (2017-18); as a Legal Lion by Law360 (2018), and as a Top Rated International Attorney in Washington, D.C. by Super Lawyers (2017).
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Uzma provides legal counsel on a broad range of matters within the Corporate Legal Services group at Liberty Mutual Insurance, including acting as the primary attorney for their procurement department, which oversees $6 billion of supplier spend a year. Uzma is also legal counsel to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Meeting Management & Event Strategy group. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual in 2012, Uzma was a corporate securities attorney at a large Boston law firm with a focus on private equity. Uzma holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Loyola University Chicago and a law degree from Boston College Law School.
Uzma serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Bar Foundation where she also represents victims of domestic violence and asylum seekers. Uzma also serves on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston where she is chair of their public relations committee.
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Quyen Ta is partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and a sought-after and experienced litigator and trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on consumer class action defense, intellectual property, trade secrets misappropriation, and other high-stakes, complex civil litigation. She has tried numerous cases and has handled a significant number of civil matters in state courts, federal courts, and before the International Trade Commission. Prior to joining Boies Schiller Flexner, Quyen was a partner at San Francisco litigation boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters.
Quyen serves as lead counsel in numerous class action matters in state and federal courts throughout the country in various industries. She recently litigated a class action lawsuit and successfully had a $1 billion claim dismissed at the summary judgment stage. Quyen’s representative clients include Public Storage, Netgear Inc., Ebates Inc. (a Rakuten company), CubeSmart, Molina Healthcare, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, NRG Energy, and JM Eagle. She speaks regularly on diversity and inclusion issues and lives in Berkeley with her husband and twin sons.