Shiraz Tangri Selected as One of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Shiraz Tangri, a Principal in Meyers Nave’s statewide Land Use and Environmental Law Practice Group, for a second time to the 2021 edition of LA500 – its list of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles.

As the Journal’s Publisher explained “the 2021 class of the LA500 was faced with challenges over the past year that many may never have to address again. It was a year of difficulty, tragedy, optimism and achievement. It was a year of growth, in so many ways, for our leaders, our communities and our nation. I believe it was a year that our Community of Business ™ can be proud of.”

Deborah Fox Selected Among the “Top Women Lawyers” in California

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Daily Journal selected Principal Deborah J. Fox to its 2021 list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list honors women lawyers who have made a difference to their clients, their firms and their profession.

The Daily Journal award article features Deborah’s expertise with First Amendment issues, land use litigation and crisis management. “Her work over the past year has included precedent-setting wins and published decisions in the defense of counties, cities and public officials in a rapidly developing wave of state and federal court challenges to shelter in place orders, public health orders, and reopening plans.”


Deborah Fox selected among the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” in Los Angeles

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Deborah Fox to its 2021 list of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” in Los Angeles. “The women covered in these pages have been recognized for exceptional legal skill and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility, exemplary leadership as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards, and for contributions to the Los Angeles community at large. Congratulations to the extraordinary women included this year and thank you for your contributions to the people and businesses of our region.”

The Journal’s description of Deborah’s professional expertise is excerpted below.

Deborah Fox is a principal in the Los Angeles office of Meyers Nave, a member of the firm’s three-person Executive Committee, and the founder and leader of the firm’s Trial & Litigation Practice and First Amendment Practice. The cases Fox handles confirm her reputation as a go-to attorney for high impact complex litigation and crisis management involving controversial matters that are already front-page news or likely to become headlines in the greater Los Angeles region and across the U.S. She is particularly well known for handling cases in new areas of law that define pivotal eras in history that will leave powerful legacies, such as her pioneering COVID-19 litigation that lies at the intersection of law and highly charged considerations for society. She is currently defending counties, cities and public officials in 10 lawsuits throughout California in cases filed by businesses challenging COVID-related restrictions.

Eight Meyers Nave Attorneys in Los Angeles and San Diego Receive “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” Recognition

Meyers Nave proudly announces that eight attorneys in our Los Angeles and San Diego offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” lists for the Southern California and San Diego regions. Published in Super Lawyers Magazine, only up to five percent of the lawyers in California are named to the Super Lawyers list and only up to 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

These recognitions demonstrate our attorneys’ highly regarded expertise in numerous areas of law, including Environmental Litigation, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment, Employment Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Eminent Domain, Real Estate, Business Litigation, and State, Local & Municipal Law. We congratulate our team for this important recognition of their legal expertise and professional accomplishments in their geographic regions and their areas of specialty.

Los Angeles Office

  • Amrit Kulkarni, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Environmental Litigation and (2) Land Use/Zoning (2012-2021)
  • Deborah Fox, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Constitutional Law, (2) State, Local & Municipal, (3) Land Use/Zoning and (4) General Litigation (2017-2021)
  • Jon Goetz, Senior Of Counsel – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Real Estate: Business, (2) Land Use/Zoning and (3) State, Local & Municipal (2019-2021)
  • Yujin Chun, Senior Associate – Recognized in the Rising Stars categories of (1) General Litigation, (2) Constitutional Law and (3) Legislative & Governmental Affairs (2019-2021)

San Diego Office

  • Janice Brown, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment Litigation: Defense, (2) Employment & Labor: Employer and (3) Business Litigation (2007-2021)
  • Arlene Yang, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment & Labor: Employer, (2) Employment Litigation: Defense and (3) General Litigation (2017-2021)
  • Suzanne Roten, Senior Of Counsel – Recognized in Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment Litigation: Defense and (2) Employment & Labor: Employer (2019-2021)
  • Anne Smiddy, Associate – Recognized in the Rising Stars categories of (1) Eminent Domain and (2) Business Litigation (2016-2021)

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Meyers Nave Takes On Another Leading Role

Meyers Nave proudly announces that Principal Eric Casher, Chair of the Firm’s Municipal and Special District Law Practice and Diversity Committee, has been appointed to serve on the newly formed Advancing Equity Advisory Committee of the League of California Cities (LOCC). The 25 members of the Committee represent a diverse group of leaders across California who are charged with identifying how cities and towns can recognize and eliminate biases and disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. Currently in his 3rd year serving as the City Attorney for the City of Pinole in Contra Costa County, Eric is the only City Attorney appointed to the Committee that is comprised of mostly elected Mayors, City Councilmembers and City Managers. The League of California Cities is an association of officials who work together to support California’s 482 cities and towns.

Goals of Advancing Equity Advisory Committee
The Committee will work in partnership with the National League of Cities, Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) group to identify and recommend best practices, tools, and resources designed to:

  • Strengthen local leaders’ understanding and knowledge of equity and inclusion challenges.
  • Help local leaders reevaluate operations and services through an equity and inclusion lens.
  • Support local leaders in taking action to reform systemic racial biases and inequities that exist in institutions and policies, and replace them with systems that are more inclusive, fair and just.

Headshot of Eric CasherEric Casher, Principal, 800.464.3559

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with a dedicated team of elected officials and leaders from across the State to address these critical issues and develop best practices and policies to create a more equitable and just future for all Californians. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with all types of public entities on equity issues as they play out in different ways, from public contracting, code enforcement, and zoning ordinances, to policy initiatives relating to economic development, affordable housing, and policing. It is exciting to be able to bring my experience to bear and contribute to the important work of this Committee.”

In addition to serving as Chair of Meyers Nave’s Diversity Committee, Eric serves on the Board of numerous organizations that promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession and local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the California Minority Counsel Program and recently completed terms as President of California ChangeLawyers and the Charles Houston Bar Association.

Meyers Nave’s Land Use, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law Expertise Ranked Among Nation’s “Best Law Firms”

Meyers Nave proudly announces that our statewide Land Use, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law expertise  has received its sixth consecutive annual recognition as one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” in the 2021 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms report. For the 2021 “Best Law Firms” publication, the evaluation process reviewed 15,587 law firms throughout the United States on a national and regional basis.

Beginning in 2015, Meyers Nave has been included in this prestigious “Best Law Firms” list in the specialty fields of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Litigation, and Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation. Our reputation in both Northern and Southern California has been recognition by Tier 1 rankings for the expertise of Meyers Nave attorneys who serve clients in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area as well as attorneys who serve clients in the greater Oakland metropolitan area.

To be eligible for a “Best Law Firms” ranking, a law firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which honors only 5% of lawyers practicing in the United States. Meyers Nave’s “Best Law Firms” ranking is supported by three Meyers Nave attorneys who are individually recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” in the fields of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Litigation, and Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our corporate, public entity, and public-private partnership clients for trusting Meyers Nave to serve as lead land use and environmental counsel for compliance, transactional and litigation matters on their largest, most complex, and highest-profile development projects throughout California. The “Best Law Firms” ranking process includes a confidential evaluation survey completed by clients, professional references and peer attorneys. Data is also collected from “Best Lawyers” ballots and the information that each law firm provides about the strengths of its areas of expertise. The quantitative and qualitative data is then combined into an overall score for each law firm.

Six Meyers Nave Attorneys Recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” in 2021

Meyers Nave proudly announces that six of our attorneys are recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Their legal expertise and professional accomplishments reflect the high regard of numerous Meyers Nave practices, including eminent domain, environmental law, land use, litigation, municipal law and natural resources law. Their recognition also demonstrates Meyers Nave’s reputation for excellent client work from attorneys in all of our offices throughout California.

We congratulate the following attorneys:

Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based on nomination, voting and evaluation by peers in the same practice area and geographic region. Best Lawyers® assesses the information and checks each attorney’s status with local bar associations. Lawyers do not pay to be included. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to excellence in the legal profession.

In Honor of Black History Month, Please Join Meyers Nave in Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

Black History Month is a time to pay tribute and honor Black women and men who have made significant contributions to America, who have made a profound impact on our nation’s history, and who have made civil rights a fundamental measure of social progress. While it is intended to be a time of celebration, it is also a time to reflect on the continuing struggle against racial injustice and racial inequity that persist in our country. Black History Month is an opportunity to improve the understanding of Black history, to recognize what Black people have both lost and achieved, and honor the Black women and men of today who are making a difference for tomorrow.

In that spirit, and in honor of Black History Month, Meyers Nave’s Diversity Committee invites you to join us in supporting Black-owned businesses. Supporting and increasing the number of Black-owned businesses is critical to reducing racial economic disparities and closing racial gaps in employment opportunities. Successful Black-owned businesses also help inspire Black youth to pursue their dreams and provides a visual representation of success in the community. Below is a partial list of Black-owned businesses in areas where Meyers Nave has offices – Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and Santa Rosa. We encourage everyone to patronize and support these and other Black-owned businesses this month, and every month.

Amrit Kulkarni’s Land Use and Environmental Expertise Featured in Southern California Super Lawyers 2021

Amrit Kulkarni, Chair of Meyers Nave’s Land Use & Environmental Law Practice, is featured in the 2021 issue of Southern California Super Lawyers magazine in an article titled “In For The Long Haul: When Amrit Kulkarni’s not catching waves, he’s helping build big things.” Super Lawyers interviewed Amrit, his clients, and Meyers Nave Managing Principal David Skinner. The article covers Amrit’s specialty in providing transaction and litigation counsel on large-scale, high-profile, complex and often controversial infrastructure, transportation, commercial, and urban development projects throughout California. Amrit’s project experience includes airports, passenger transit systems, freight rail networks, ports, harbors, highways, water resources, mixed-use residential developments, sports and entertainment complexes, university campuses, commercial properties, and industrial facilities.

Super Lawyers notes that “Quite a few California structures bear his fingerprints. Clients come to Kulkarni with big projects that make a significant environmental impact. He’s an expert in navigating the Golden State’s complex environmental laws—particularly the California Environmental Quality Act.” A client also commented that “A good CEQA lawyer is someone with attention to detail, and who can handle the transactional side but is not afraid of the litigation. Most lawyers pick one, but CEQA requires the skill set in both. Kulkarni and his team spot issues and bring a sense of confidence. They are consistently aware of new rulings and cases. Never once has he not been there when we needed him.” Amrit explained that his approach to client service is “You have to work in tandem with your client—thinking about all the issues that can arise to help them achieve their objectives by creating a path that is as clean, straightforward and problem-free as possible. What’s rewarding to me is being part of something tangible that you can see which has changed the landscape. I want to create things. I want to help get things done and built. The projects I get involved with are meant to renew the economy, provide jobs and make things work better. The joy isn’t in how much attention they get, but in whether you get them done.”

Please click here to read Amrit’s feature article profile, which is also copied below.

“In For The Long Haul: When Amrit Kulkarni’s
not catching waves, he’s helping build big things,”
Super Lawyers Southern California 2021

WHENEVER AMRIT KULKARNI FLIES THROUGH Los Angeles International Airport, he takes a moment to reflect on what he calls his “small but meaningful part” in the airport’s growth—successfully defending LAX’s $13 billion expansion plan against four consolidated lawsuits a decade ago. Kulkarni, chair of Meyers Nave’s land use practice group, has many chances for such quiet moments. Quite a few California structures bear his fingerprints. The NBA’s Kings play in a glistening stadium in downtown Sacramento because of his work pushing the project through on a tight deadline in 2015 after a judge dismissed a claim that the city gave an illegal “secret subsidy” for the arena. And when the city of Riverside claimed that a major project in the port of Los Angeles would cause traffic jams 62 miles away, he successfully defended against that one, too.

From a major league baseball stadium in Anaheim, to a Frank Gehry-designed development on Sunset Boulevard, to a high speed rail in Barstow, clients come to Kulkarni with big projects that make a significant environmental impact. He’s an expert in navigating the Golden State’s complex environmental laws—particularly the signature California Environmental Quality Act, more commonly known as CEQA. “A lot of law is about arguing over documents and dollars moving here and there,” Kulkarni says. “That’s important. But what’s rewarding to me is being part of something tangible that you can see which has changed the landscape. I want to create things. I want to help get things done and built.”

These large-scale projects require a lot of legal scaffolding because of how they impact different parts of a community. When Kulkarni’s clients get attention, it’s often because people are holding protest signs or sitting with arms folded at a government meeting. In describing Kulkarni, Janna Sidley, general counsel of the Port of Los Angeles, says, “A good CEQA lawyer is someone with attention to detail, and who can handle the transactional side but is not afraid of the litigation. Most lawyers pick one, but CEQA requires the skill set in both. It also requires a talented writer who can tell the court and the public why they are doing this project at this time. People generally don’t like change, so you need a visionary who can explain how this next step will benefit everyone. Kulkarni and his team spot issues and bring a sense of confidence. They are consistently aware of new rulings and cases. … Never once has he not been there when we needed him.”

FINDING COMMON GROUND COMES NATURALLY to Kulkarni. His parents emigrated from India, settled in Virginia, and in 1976, when Kulkarni was 7, his dad got a job as a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Kulkarni remembers “a long cross-country trip in a broken-down car with no air conditioning in the dead of summer.” At UC Santa Cruz, his focus was the environmental studies program, and for his senior thesis he spent six months in India, where he studied how impoverished communities addressed shortages of services. “I was exposed to both cultures,” he says. “It is important to defining how I approach things. In the legal world, you’re always trying to navigate complex projects where there are often divergent points of view. Understanding where people are coming from helps you navigate those murky waters.”

After graduating, he became an environmental consultant. He helped find suitable sites for development while handling regulatory permitting. But after two years on the job, he felt dissatisfied. Then an epiphany. “As I was working on one project, a Superfund site, I was astounded how many layers of legal stuff were required to make this thing happen,” he says. “I realized if I wanted to play a part in effectuating these projects, I had to get on the legal side.” After graduating from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1998, he first encountered CEQA while working for a small firm in Ventura County. The complex statute can seem like the Rosetta Stone to most people, but for Kulkarni it was love at first sight. “CEQA is legally complex and politically charged,” he says. “It’s like putting the pieces of a puzzle together to make your case. The fun is in the puzzle.”

A year later, he joined Meyers Nave. At the time, the firm mostly handled traditional development involving residential and commercial properties; but during and after the 2008 global financial meltdown, the firm transitioned to large-scale projects with long-term horizons. LAX was his first big client. Kulkarni was the lead attorney for the South Airfield Improvement Project, which was the first project implementation under the LAX Master Plan. Handling the legal details involved forecasting cargo and passenger traffic 15 years into the future, and determining how noise impact and air quality emissions are calculated. “This made me understand the interplay between law, science and other fields,” Kulkarni says.

His clients include the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, various cities, and multiple University of California school systems. “He is very collaborative and a team person,” says David Skinner, managing principal of Meyers Nave. “He delegates a lot because he has to in cases of this size, complexity and long-term nature. He has built a high-performing team and they work as a team, and he has a big trust investment in them.” Kulkarni has already spent 10 years working on the BART expansion into Silicon Valley. He is representing the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in lawsuits from parties that have issues with parking, tunnel size and other details. “These projects often take a decade or more to implement,” he says. “You have to work in tandem with your client—thinking about all the issues that can arise to help them achieve their objectives by creating a path that is as clean, straightforward and problem-free as possible.”

Of course “problem-free” and large development projects in a state like California can be something of a contradiction. “Development in California, especially large projects, has one of the most challenging and complex processes in the country,” he acknowledges. “There are federal, state and local legal overlays. On top of that, California has a very robust process for vetting projects, and a very robust litigation process for people who don’t agree with the outcome of the vetting process.”

Kulkarni describes his courtroom style as “methodical” and “step-by-step.” He likes to present issues in a straightforward and clear way that simplifies complex issues. “Every major project has a story that needs to be told,” he says. “And I try to tell that story through the legal lens.” He also tailors his presentation to the particular court. “Some judges are focused on the technical, factual and legal issues,” he says. “Some judges are more focused on the implications of the decisions and the policy considerations. The job of the lawyer in that situation is to provide the right information based on the judge’s focus and to address the judge’s concerns.” Skinner has seen this firsthand. He recalls a bench trial with an aggressive opposing counsel. “Amrit not only has the ability to simplify legal issues for a court, but he also has the ability to engage with judges in a dialogue about complex legal issues and the nuances of the law,” Skinner says. “In a major CEQA case challenging a major transit project, at trial Amrit simply stated, ‘I feel the opposing counsel and I are speaking different languages because he can’t appreciate the nuances.’ The judge was nodding his head as he listened.”

It’s not all airports and stadiums. Kulkarni represented Lotus founder Mitch Kapor and his wife in a case in which they wanted to build their dream home on a steeply sloped and wooded lot in North Berkeley. Neighbors complained that the 6,478-squarefoot house and its 3,394-square-foot garage were too large and seismically unsafe for the area. Typically, single-family houses were exempt from preparing environmental impact reports, and this case centered on exactly when such properties needed further review under CEQA. After 10 years of litigation—five with Kulkarni on the case—it ended up in the California Supreme Court in 2015. “The judges asked a lot of tough questions, coming from every angle imaginable,” Kulkarni says, but the court ruled in his client’s favor. An opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle labeled the decision “a significant reform” in the state’s signature environmental law, eliminating “detailed, time-consuming, often-redundant and expensive environmental and public review process for nonexempt projects.”

Kulkarni says he doesn’t particularly like to have op-eds written about his work, even if it’s complimentary. “The projects I get involved with are meant to renew the economy, provide jobs and make things work better,” he says. “The joy isn’t in how much attention they get, but in whether you get them done. If you’re doing a good job, where there are as few problems as possible, these projects should get less attention.”

GIVEN HIS PRACTICE AREA, it makes sense that much of Kulkarni’s spare time is spent outdoors—backpacking, hiking, but especially surfing. When he first moved to California, Kulkarni got seasick bobbing up and down on the waves; then he quickly took to it. He has since traveled the world in search of waves. “Surfing is a centering way to put aside the pressures of the legal profession, meditate and self-reflect,” he says. “When you are bobbing up and down on the water in the late afternoon as the sun sets, waiting for a wave, it brings down your blood pressure and brings a peace and relaxation that counters the demands and hecticness of being a lawyer.” Bonus: He’s landed some clients conversing with fellow surfers waiting for that wave. “Surfing is a very social sport,” he explains. The mellow nature of the sport fits his personality. “I like to paint in broad strokes when it comes to surfing or dealing with my kids,” he says. “I’m not into the hyper-technical details. I give my kids a lot of runway to figure things out. I don’t like to micromanage. People have to arrive at a decision themselves to feel most comfortable with it.”

“The law can beat you up and harden you, but I don’t think it has changed who he is,” Sidley says. “He’s a real person.” And a voracious reader. A sci-fi buff, Kulkarni has lately been consuming biographies of past presidents to better understand our current times. “History is a guide for the future,” he says. “We are an always-evolving country. When you look at the U.S. from a historical perspective, you realize how resilient we are as a country. Sometimes we take a few steps forward, sometimes we take a few steps back. Hopefully, the arc is always moving in the right direction.”

Celebrating Black Entrepreneurs: Janice Brown, the Merger with Meyers Nave, and Diversity Featured in San Diego Business Journal

In honor of Black History Month, the San Diego Business Journal is featuring local Black entrepreneurs who have achieved success in their businesses and greatly contributed to the San Diego community. Janice Brown, the merger of her Brown Law Group with Meyers Nave, and the importance of diversity are featured in the Journal’s first of four weekly special issues through February. In an article titled “Encouragement Changes Lives,” the Journal explained that “Janice Brown Encouragement is what Janice Brown needed to change her life and give her the confidence to start her own law firm – the Brown Law Group. Now she tries to do the same for others as she shares how she looks at everything as an opportunity to learn.” The Journal article is copied below and available here. Please click here to learn more about the merger with Meyers Nave.

“Encouragement Changes Lives,” San Diego Business Journal, February 1, 2021

headshot of Janice BrownJanice Brown said the encouragement of one federal judge changed her life and it gave her the confidence to eventually found her own firm, Brown Law Group.  Now, she tries to do the same for others in her current role as a Principal at Meyers Nave. As a leader she humbly recognizes that she does not know everything, but takes everything as an opportunity to learn.


A Judge’s Confidence
Early in her career, Brown worked at a firm where the leadership wasn’t as flexible and one day after court, a federal judge called Brown back to her chamber. The judge went out of her way to acknowledge Brown’s talent and she encouraged her to find other opportunities that would foster her growth, rather than stifle it. “That was a big risk on her part, because she doesn’t know me,” Brown said. “She took a risk that I would take the advice legitimately and still to this day I thank her, and I stay connected to her because she had confidence in me. When someone like a federal judge has confidence in you, that changes how you perceive yourself. So, I try to do that to other people because I understood what it meant when she did that for me.”

Merger With Purpose
While at the U.S. Justice Department, where she started her career, she was awarded “Outstanding Trial Attorney” and “Trial Lawyer of the Year” awards in under three years.  She founded her San Diego firm, Brown Law Group, in 1999 and has served local corporations and Fortune 50 companies headquartered throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. In October 2020, Brown Law Group merged with Meyers Nave, a firm that serves businesses, public entities, nonprofits and P3s throughout California. The merger not only expanded Meyers Nave’s presence in San Diego, but it also builds on its commitment to fostering diversity in its overall practice.

At Meyers Nave, Brown is a Principal in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, Workplace Investigations Practice and Commercial Litigation Practice, rapidly growing fields of law in California. “Janice and her team bring exceptional experience and depth in high-impact employment litigation, both in Southern California and statewide,” said David Skinner, Managing Principal at Meyers Nave. “By joining forces, Meyers Nave and Janice’s team are uniquely qualified to meet the increasing demand for high quality labor and employment services on challenging and complex matters in the private and public sector.”  With more than 35 years of experience in trial, arbitration and appellate experience in state and federal courts, Brown was drawn to the complex and people-oriented practice of employment law. She primarily represents companies with a pro-active and relationship focused approach that ensures employers are educated on the ever-changing labor laws.

Diverse Leadership
Brown said the decision to join Meyers Nave was one of the best choices she’s made. She knew she wanted to sell her firm eventually, but what really attracted her to Meyers Nave was the diverse leadership. “It felt like a place that I could be myself in,” Brown said. “What I’ve come to realize is the more yourself you are, the more…almost like magnetic, you are, because you’re comfortable in your own skin. So I knew I needed to go someplace where I was comfortable in my own skin.”

Skinner proudly shared that 60% of the firm’s attorneys are comprised of women and minority attorneys and eight of the firm’s practice group leaders are women and/or minority attorneys. “What works for us at Meyers Nave is “hard-wiring” diversity and inclusion into every aspect of our business,” Skinner said. “This is not just a core value. It is a key part of our strategic planning, business development training, recruiting and retention — including our summer diversity fellowship.”

Building Business
Brown said another benefit to joining Meyers Nave was that it allowed her to continue working on her business venture called Beyond Law.  She helps lawyers not only build their own book of business, but understand how to manage a network of clients that will grow their career and ultimately their confidence. Also, with this understanding she said that her experience founding a minority, woman-owned business has been a strength in her career in more ways than one.  “To be an entrepreneur, to have a business, you need to be resilient,” Brown said. “Because you’re gonna have people say no. And so, if people say no, you have to be comfortable with overcoming it.”