National Bar Association
June 22, 2015


Washington, DC - The National Bar Association has announced the 2015 recipients of its 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates awards. The awards recognize the nation’s top lawyers under 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including in innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement.

“We’re thrilled to recognize these active and highly motivated leaders in their excellence and commitment to their chosen fields. Ultimately, their continued success benefits greatly the communities in which they reside and the entire legal field,” said Pamela Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.  We look forward to honoring these 40 awardees during the NBA’s convention this year, and to working alongside them as they continue to make a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve."

An independent panel combed through a large group of nominees to select the 40 individuals to receive the prestigious awards, which will be presented at the National Bar Association’s illustrious 40 Under 40 Awards luncheon on Thursday, July 23, 2015 during the NBA’s 90th Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  The final selections represent a cross-section of legal professionals, including big firm, solo and industry practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials, and various other lawyers, all of whom are using their degree in innovative and community impacting ways.  During the luncheon, recipients of the Nation's Best Advocate of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Service, Activism, and Innovation awards will be recognized.

For more information on the Award Recipients, the Awards Luncheon, or Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact the Chair, Aubrey “Nick” Pittman at  

2015 NBA Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40

1. Brandes Ash, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
2. Lonita Baker, Jefferson County Attorney
3. Chasity Boyce,  Office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
4. Shara Chang, Buckley Sandler Law Firm
5. Jessica Childress, Proskauer Rose LLP
6. Jason Clark, Office Of New York State Attorney General
7. RaShelle Davis, Office of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
8. Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, Georgia Legal  Services Program
9. Karen Eneas, Jackson Lewis, P.C.
10. Tiffany Harper, Polsinelli PC
11. Brandon Harrell, Legal Counsel, Seattle Seahawks
12. Andrew Houston, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
13. Shannon Humphrey,  Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
14. Lamonika Hurst, Geokinetics
15. Meliah Bowers Jefferson, Wyche, P. A.
16. Ellaretha Jones, E. Jones & Associates
17. Antonio K. Kizzie, Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt
18. Kennedy K. Luvai, Parsons Behle & Latimer
19. Kristi D. Matthews, Newell Rubbermaid
20. Marie Maurice, Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt
21. Kasheica McKinney, S.F. Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure
22. Haniyah Miller, Amec  Foster Wheeler
23. Shayne O’Reilly, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
24. Jody Owens, Southern Poverty Law Center
25. Richard Lewis Richardson, The Law Office of Joel  Siegal
26. Karl O. Riley, Snell & Wilmer LLP
27. Dorothy Russ, Sulzbacher Center
28. Nate Saint-Victor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
29. Ibiere Seck, The Cochran Firm – California
30. Karelia Stewart, Judge, First Judicial District Court, Shreveport, LA
31. Verona Swanigan, Swanigan Legal Services
32. Benjamin Taylor, The Law Office of Benjamin Taylor
33. Danielle Turnipseed, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
34. Ronnivashti Whitehead, Law Office of Ronni Whitehead
35. Will Wilder, The Groom Law Group, Chartered
36. Bari A. Williams, Facebook, Inc
37. Marjorie Williams, Viacom
38. Michelle K. Wilson, Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City
39. Ron Wotorson, Law Office of Ron Wotorson
40. Betselot Zeleke, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma


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