ABA Young Lawyers Division names top 40 young lawyers

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has posted its 2022 On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers honorees.

The annual On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers provides national recognition for 40 ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.

A selection committee comprised of practicing attorneys in private practice and in-house positions reviewed nominations and made selections based on the reputation of the nominator, the professional relationship between the nominator and the nominee and the nominator’s firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s experience, skill and character.

This year’s honorees include:

ReAzalia Allen, The Allen Law Firm LLC
Portia Allen-Kyle, Council of State Govts. Justice Ctr.
Linda Anderson Stanley, Equal Justice Works
Nicholas Austin, Microsoft
Zoila Del Castillo, Office of the NYS Attorney General
Ronak D. Desai, Paul Hastings LLP
Brandon Draper, Harris County Attorney’s Office
Uchechi Egeonuigwe, Brown Rudnick LLP
Gail Eisenberg, Loftus & Eisenberg
Jonathan Felt, Felt Family Law & Mediation
Valerie Fontenot, Frilot, LLC
Marguerite Gabriele, Yokogawa
Deniz Gurbuz, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
Blake Hanson, Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor, & Fairgrave PC
August Hieber, Center for Disability & Elder Law
Julie Houth, Robbins, Geller, Rudman, & Dowd LLP
Carla Jordan-Detamore, Vinson & Elkins
Alan Kennedy, University of Colorado Denver
Brandon King, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Marisol León, California Department of Justice
Kenneth Matuszewski, Goldberg Segalla
Alexander McVeagh, Hamilton County General Sessions Court
Allison Ng, Greenberg Traurig
Omar Noureldin, Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP
Jeanne Ortiz-Ortiz, Pro Bono Net
Malissa Osei, Kraussm, Shaknesm, Tallentire, & Messeri LLP
Sarah Perez, Perez Morris
Derek Pershing, Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, P.C.
Michelle Pham, Helsell Fetterman LLP
Brenda Piñero, American Bar Association/ProBAR
Laura Pratt, Brady & Hamilton LLP
LaKeisha Randall, The Randall Firm LLC
Sonia Russo, Colorado Department of Law
Samantha Sliney, U.S. Air Force
Aaron Sohaski, Henry Ford Health System
Jamie Szal, Brann & Isaacson
Mauricio Videla, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
James Williams, County Counsel/County of Santa Clara
Jiajia Veronica Xu, Saber Healthcare Group
Krisina Zuñiga, Susman Godfrey LLP

On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers welcomes new nominees each year. Nominations for the 2023 group of recipients will open on December 1 and will remain open through mid-March 2023.

The Young Lawyers Division is committed to assuring it is best able to represent the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success.


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