Palo Alto – June 19, 2014 – Cooley LLP announced today that partner Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria and associates Dr. Sandra Brown and Nikki Pope were named to Lawyers of Color's second annual "Hot List," which recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys who are excelling in the legal profession.
Ms. Santamaria and Ms. Pope were selected to the Western region and Dr. Brown was selected to the Eastern region list. The attorneys will be profiled in the Lawyers of Color Hot List 2014 July issue and honored at receptions in July 2014.
The "Hot List" honorees were selected by a committee comprised of the editorial staff and advisers, as well as law school fellows and interns, who reviewed nominations and researched bar publications and legal blogs to identify promising candidates. Selections were also based on research that identified attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments or were active in legal pipeline initiatives.
Ms. Santamaria is a partner in Cooley's securities litigation and commercial litigation practice groups, and she resides in the firm's Palo Alto office. Ms. Santamaria is also a member of the firm's diversity and hiring committees. In 2014, she was selected as an LCLD Diversity Fellow and was honored at the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Awards.
Dr. Brown is an associate in Cooley's litigation department and resides in the firm's Boston office. Her practice focuses on patent counseling and prosecution and includes, patent preparation and procurement, counseling on patent portfolio development, freedom to operate analysis and product clearance, intellectual property due diligence, licensing, and litigation.
Ms. Pope is an associate in Cooley's business department and resides in the firm's Palo Alto office. Her practice focuses on general corporate law with an emphasis on public companies and securities transactions, including private equity financings, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
About Lawyers of Color
Lawyers of Color, which was founded as On Being A Black Lawyer, now produces publications for US lawyers of South Asian, Pacific Asian, Hispanic, Native American, and African heritages, as well as others. The publication has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, and National Association of Black Journalists.
About Cooley LLP
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