Attorneys On The Move

Several high profile attorneys have joined new organizations. Let’s take a look.

Kim Keenan joins the NAACP as its new General Counsel. Here are excerpts from the NAACP’s press release:

downloadedfile-1The NAACP congratulates Kim M. Keenan, who was selected for the position of General Counsel of the Association. Keenan is the youngest attorney and second woman to hold this position in the organization’s history. Her career demonstrates her strong commitment to public service, improving the legal profession and redressing the inequities still impacting women and people of color.

Paired with her strides as a professional of color, Keenan maintains a legacy of breaking gender barriers. Keenan served as the sixty-second President of the National Bar Association (NBA), the oldest and largest bar association of lawyers of color in the world with a network of more than 50,000 lawyers, judges, and law students. She was the first woman from the District of Columbia to be elected to this position and only the eighth woman in the organization’s eighty-six year history to serve in the NBA’s highest elected office. Keenan is also the immediate past president of the District of Columbia Bar, the second largest jurisdictional bar in the country. Although she was the 38th president of the organization, her service marked only the eighth time that a woman has served as president. In May 2007 the Women’s Bar Association named her “Woman Lawyer of the Year” for her contributions to the profession.

Ms. Keenan has received recognition for her stellar legal skills from a wide variety of prominent organizations. She was recently honored as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2007-2010), was recognized as a Top Lawyer by the Washingtonian Magazine in 2009, and named a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association (2010). In June 2011, Keenan will be given the Wiley A. Branton Award for Civil Rights Under Law from the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Veta Richardson takes the helm of the Association for Corporate Counsel. Below are excerpts from the ACC’s press release:

article_47_01_12Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world’s largest association of in-house counsel, announced today that Veta T. Richardson, Executive Director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, has been selected as the association’s new President and CEO, effective July 1, 2011. She will succeed Frederick J. Krebs, who has served as President for 20 years.

“Veta’s close ties to the in-house counsel community, her excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, coupled with the regard in which she is held as an association executive and a leader in the diversity arena will be invaluable assets for ACC,” noted J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita, ACC Board Chair and Executive Vice President & General Counsel of HCP, Inc.

As Executive Director of MCCA since 2001, Richardson established its reputation and credibility as the nation’s thought leader and leading advocate in advancement of diversity in the legal profession through a multi-pronged platform consisting of groundbreaking research and education, thought-provoking publications, such as Diversity & the Bar, and best-in-class programs, services and large-scale networking events. She is also credited with launching a diversity scholarship program, which has raised and distributed more than $1,500,000 and assisted more than 100 diverse law students over the program’s five-year history.

Prior to joining MCCA, Richardson was, as noted, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of ACC (1997-2000) and in-house counsel to Sunoco, Inc. (1986-1997). She has been recognized for diversity leadership by a number of organizations, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Black Law Students Association; National Minority Business Council; and ACC. She was named an “Ally for Justice” by the National LGBT Bar Association; included in the Washington Business Journal’s Class of 2009, “Women Who Mean Business;” and is a member of the Capital One Bank Business Advisory Council since 2009. She received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Trial attorney, Billy Martin, joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP, the firm announced yesterday:

downloadedfile-2Mr. Martin, formerly a partner at Howrey LLP in that firm’s Global Litigation practice, has consistently been named one of the top trial lawyers in Washington, D.C. In 2008, he was selected by The National Law Journal as one of the nation’s “50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys.” His litigation practice involves the representation of major corporations and high-profile individuals in connection with federal and state criminal investigations and a wide variety of complex civil disputes, including employment litigation and class actions. Mr. Martin’s corporate clients have included Starwood, Macy’s, the Eaton Corporation, and American Financial Group. He has also represented many individuals from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment, including NFL star Michael Vick, NBA players Allen Iverson and Jayson Williams and Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell. He also represented the parents of murdered federal intern Chandra Levy. During the investigation of former President Bill Clinton, Mr. Martin served as counsel to both Monica Lewinsky and her parents. He currently represents former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson.

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