Leaders Of Influence: Minority Attorneys

Custom Content from the Los Angeles Business Journal

Last year almost 50% of the california attorneys who passed the bar were minorities, which means the future looks bright in terms of a continued increase in diversity in the legal profession.
Los Angeles, in particular, is truly a national leader when it comes to influential minorities – and the field of law is no exception. There are some particularly superb attorneys in the LA region who happen to be minorities and we’ve alphabetically listed 92 of the very best of them here, along with insights and information about their careers, practice and success they’ve achieved.
For our coverage in this issue, we have profiled those minority attorneys considered to be particularly impactful on the legal scene while serving as trusted advisors in the LA region. Congratulations to the attorneys who made this list and thank you for working to keep the people and businesses of Los Angeles on the right track.

Methodology: The professionals featured in these pages did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials submitted to the Los Angeles Business Journal. Those selected for inclusion were reviewed by the editorial department and chosen based on a demonstration of impact made on the profession and on the Los Angeles community.

Clifton Albright- Albright, Yee & Schmit, APC
Shiva Aminian- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Maribeth Annaguey- Ellis George Cipollone O’Brien Annaguey LLP
Matthew Barhoma- Barhoma Law, P.C.
Carlos Bermudez- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Gina Bibby- Withersworldwide
William J. Briggs, II- Venable LLP
Laura W. Brill- Kendall Brill & Kelly
Joshua Briones- Mintz
Michael Brophy- Withersworldwide
Tamara Bush- Dykema Gossett
Erika Canchola- Ramo Law PC
Cheryl S. Chang- Blank Rome LLP
Michelle Chang- Ramo Law PC
Tim Chang- Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP
Angeline Chen- Clark Hill PLC
Michelle Cheng- Reed Smith LLP
Vicki Chou-Hueston Hennigan LLP
Michelle A. Cooke- Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Victor De la Cruz- Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
John De La Merced- Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Damien DeLaney- Akerman, LLP
Rita Diaz- Hahn & Hahn LLP
Minh-Van Do- Miller Barondess, LLP
Anet Drapalski- Fisher Phillips
Sierra Elizabeth- Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Dennis S. Ellis- Ellis George Cipollone O’Brien Annaguey LLP
Melvin Felton, II- Sanders Roberts LLP
Byron Gee- Nossaman
Lisa Gilford- Sidley Austin LLP
Demetria Graves- The Graves Law Firm
Tanya Greene- McGuireWoods LLP
Joe Guardarrama- Kaufman Legal Group
Adrian Guerra- Aleshire & Wynder LLP
Luke Guerra- Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Steve L. Hernandez- DLA Piper
Alicia Y. Hou- Akerman, LLP
Peter Hsiao- King & Spalding LLP
Shadi Enos Jahangir- Blank Rome LLP
Roland M. Juarez- Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Moez Kaba- Hueston Hennigan LLP
Brian Kang- Greenberg Glusker LLPb
Yukiko Kojima- Nossaman
Emily Kuwahara- Crowell & Moring LLP
DeWitt Lacy- Law Offices of John L. Burris
Monique Larmond- Givens & Larmond Law Group
Irene Lee- Russ August & Kabat
Rodney Lee- Loeb & Loeb
Yoojin Lee- McGuireWoods LLP
Josie Leinart- Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Aaron Lewis- Covington & Burling LLP
Paul Loh- Willenken LLP
A. Alexander (Alex) Lowder- Larson LLP
Bryan Luther- Albright, Yee & Schmit, APC
D. Jason Lyon- Hahn & Hahn LLP
Mercedes Martin- Buchalter
Amber Melius- Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley
Brittany Milliasseau- Reeves Immigration Law Group
Masahisa Mitsunaga- Buchalter APC
James I. Montgomery Jr.- Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt LLP
Sabrina Narain- Sanders Roberts LLP
Arameh Zargham O’Boyle- Mintz
Ernie Ocampo- Reed Smith LLP
Rick Olivarez- Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill, LLP
Arjun Rao- Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Angela Reddock- WrightReddock Law/Judicate West
Neema Sahni- Covington & Burling LLP
Sarina Saluja- Loeb & Loeb
Christian Joseph Scali- Scali Rasmussen, PC
Reena Sehgal- Sehgal Law PC
Rasha Gerges Shields- Jones Day
Miwa Shoda- Jenner & Block LLP
Michael Shortnacy- King & Spalding LLP
Nicole Janigian Simonian- Crowell & Moring LLP
Richard Sweet- Greenberg Glusker LLP
Jason Tokoro- Miller Barondess, LLP
Juan Torres- Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP
Sylvia Torres-Guillén- Andrade Gonzalez LLP
Julia Trankiem- Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Albert Valencia- Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP
Nicole Rodriguez Van Dyk- Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.
Belinda Vega- Venable LLP
Ben Wang- Russ August & Kabat
Louis Wharton- Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Bart Williams- Proskauer Rose LLP
Jason Wilson- Willenken LLP
Jen Won- Larson LLP
Jason C. Wright- Jones Day
Debra Wong Yang- Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jack Yeh- Sidley Austin LLP
Timothy B. Yoo- Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.
Annita Zhong- Irell & Manella LLP

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