Baker & McKenzie Guides My Development
Baker & McKenzie has made me very welcome from the start, offering on-the-job mentoring, training and personal support—including the family time I needed when my son was born. My involvement in the Firm spans beyond my legal practice through memberships in several Chicago office committees such as the Diversity Committee and the Recruitment and Professional Development Committee. Before I was promoted to partner in January 2010, I co-chaired the Associates’ Committee in Chicago. This is the place I want to stay because I have seen that people care about one another long term.
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Globally, my network has grown mainly through the work I’ve been involved with. For example, one of my primary clients is the State Government of Sawarak, Malaysia—a connection made through a colleague in Singapore. And my recent work on a major deal kept me in close contact with colleagues in a dozen jurisdictions.
I was heavily involved with the Chicago office Diversity Committee for many years and as an associate, I was co-chair of the Associates' Committee. I now serve on the Recruitment and Professional Development Committee. Outside the office, I mentor a student for LINK Unlimited, a not-for-profit body offering educational services and mentoring to economically disadvantaged African American youth from the Chicago area. I have also worked with the Chicago Urban League, 100 Black Men of America and the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms.