How to Rise Through the Ranks and Achieve Success within Your Law Firm

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: January 30, 2019
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  • Mentorship and sponsorship
  • Building relationships
  • Navigation the roadblocks
  • Conclusion
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: January 30, 2019


This session will explore the winning steps that diverse, young law firm partners take to advance their careers in practicing law. Young partner panelists will share their insights on mentorship and sponsorship, gaining internal exposure, building client relationships and overcoming obstacles.

This program was recorded as part of the LegalDiversity & Talent Management Forum at the Legalweek Conference held on January 30th, 2019.

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Tony C. Jones

Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith

Tony C. Jones represents businesses and individuals in a wide array of commercial, tort and insurance litigation matters. The diversity of Tony’s practice has afforded him the opportunity to represent entrepreneurs, franchisees, closely held and family-owned businesses, healthcare companies and professionals, trucking companies, property management companies, hotels, restaurants, real estate developers, construction companies, technology companies, and insurers in all phases of dispute resolution.

Tony is well regarded for his work in the Atlanta community. Tony has been selected for, and is a member of, Outstanding Atlanta and LEAD Atlanta. He serves as the President of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta, a Board Member on the American Red Cross’s Minority Recruitment Advisory Board, and is a Founding Board Member of the Resurgence Hall Charter School. Tony is the inaugural recipient of the Terrell J. Slayton Member of the Year Award from the Emerging 100 of Atlanta. In 2014 and 2016, Tony was recognized by Who’s Who in Black Atlanta as a Counselors at Law Section Honoree. Tony was named Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Star 2017.

Prior to joining Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, Tony worked with both regional and international law firms in complex commercial litigation and tort matters. The breadth of Tony’s practice and his depth of experience have made him a sound advocate in any dispute, big or small.

Amandeep Sidhu

McDermott Will & Emery

Amandeep (Aman) S. Sidhu is a partner in the Litigation practice group with substantial experience representing companies in high stakes disputes, including clients across the health care, life science and pharmaceutical industries. Aman’s commitment to client service and delivering results is reflected in his recent recognition as a “40 Under 40” by the Washington Business Journal, “DC Rising Star” by The National Law Journal, “Rising Star” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Aman focuses his practice on compliance counseling, state and federal government investigations, and complex civil litigation and disputes involving regulated industries. He regularly represents hospitals and health care companies in defense of qui tam whistleblower litigation involving the False Claims Act (FCA), Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute in federal district courts throughout the United States. Aman also advises clients on risk management issues arising in the US and internationally, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA).

Aman serves on the Firm’s Diversity/Inclusion Committee and Pro Bono and Community Service Committee.

Previously, Aman was a judicial clerk for the Chief Judge Walter S. Felton, Jr., of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. While clerking, he was a member of the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys and was appointed by Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., to serve as a task force member of the Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century: To Benefit All, To Exclude None. Prior to law school, he was a business analyst for the Federal Defense Group of American Management Systems, Inc. While in law school, Aman was an associate editor of the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, vice president of the Moot Court Board and president of the Student Bar Association.

Aman is also a co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, a civil/human rights nonprofit organization and, in that capacity, has led lobbying efforts in US Congress regarding hate crimes, profiling and workplace and public accommodation discrimination and serves as lead counsel in a multi-year effort to end the US military’s presumptive ban on the service of observant Sikhs and other religious minorities.

Chris Porter

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Chris joined Quinn Emanuel’s Houston office in 2018. Chris is an experienced trial lawyer focused on the key disputes businesses face – from breach of contract and trade secret claims to business torts and antitrust disputes. A natural in the courtroom, Chris brings substantive jury-trial experience and commands the respect of judges and juries alike. His comfort level with going to trial is a formidable competitive advantage for his clients – both in and outside the courtroom.

Chris represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout Texas and elsewhere. A key to his approach (and success) is developing a close working relationship with his clients and maintaining an open, ongoing dialogue that ensures the best strategic decisions at every stage of litigation. Whether his clients are looking to obtain a quick settlement, or to see their matter through trial, he is prepared every step of the way.

A distinctly business-oriented trial lawyer, Chris studied Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at The University of Texas at El Paso, where he was also a student government senator, captain of the football team, and a bowl game MVP. His demonstrated work ethic today comes in large part from his early drive to succeed.

After working in the insurance industry for two years, Chris graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School. He then completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Philip R. Martinez in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Chris has been recognized repeatedly as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. In 2015, he was asked to serve as an Ambassador for the Houston Bar Association. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Parks Board.

Zenobia Harris Bivens

Berg & Androphy

Zenobia Harris Bivens is a trial attorney who moved back home to Texas after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law. Her practice focuses primarily on civil and criminal fraud on the plaintiff and defense side. Specifically, Zenobia practices commercial business litigation, including oil and gas, contract, and securities litigation; qui tam litigation; and white collar criminal defense. At the start of her career, Zenobia clerked for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and for the Honorable Justice Dale Wainwright (ret.) of the Texas Supreme Court. Zenobia is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer and was recently recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Lisa Helem

Editor-in-Chief of The National Law Journal & Legal Times
ALM Media, LLC

Lisa oversees reporters and editors across the country for The National Law Journal. Helem joined The National Law Journal in December 2015 as the publication's Assistant Managing Editor and was named Managing Editor in June 2016. As Managing Editor, she has helped to oversee publication of the magazine and has edited features, contributed content and special reports, including the Pro Bono and Appellate hotlists and D.C.’s Rising Stars. Helem graduated from Duke University in 2001. After college, she wrote for publications including Newsweek, People and the Washington bureau of Cox Newspapers. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009, Helem practiced law at Vinson & Elkins, before deciding to return to media. Prior to joining ALM, Helem was a Legal Editor at Bloomberg BNA. Helem is a member of the D.C. Bar and of the State Bar of Texas (inactive).

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