Black lawyer makes Fortune’s “40 under 40″ list

Binta Niambi Brown, an African-American lawyer, is one of two African-Americans recently named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ list.

Binta Niambi Brown strikes one as the type who makes lists in order to accomplish all she needs to do daily. The 38-year-old Kirkland Ellis partner wears a number of hats, and as Fortune Magazine said in naming her to its “40 Under 40″ list, when she speaks others listen.

Ellis is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University’s School of Law. She worked as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore before joining Kirkland Ellis where she is a New York based partner in the firm’s corporate practice. She focuses her practice on advising large corporations.

Away from the office as Fortune notes she is a prolific fundraiser for political candidates and non-profits. A one-time adviser to then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign she was a frequent political donor.

Here Brown discusses her philosophy on the legal profession as a service profession.

As a philanthropist she is a supporter of causes which support the academic, artistic, and athletic development of youth especially young girls. She is a trustee of Barnard College, a member of the board of directors of the New York City Parks Foundation, and a member of the board of the American Theatre Wing.

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