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Women’s Initiative

Meyers Nave is proud of our demonstrated commitment to recruit, train, mentor and advance women attorneys. Half of our attorneys are women, nine practice groups are led by women, one of three executive committee members is a woman, two of four attorneys elevated to Principal since 2018 are women, four of our six Diversity Fellowship Program participants are women, and Law360 highlighted our commitment to diversity as a key to our merger with the Brown Law Group, a prominent woman- and minority-owned law firm. (“Diversity Is Key In Calif. Boutique Merger With Meyers Nave,” Law360, 9/3/2020).

Minority Woman Managing Principal
In 2004, Meyers Nave became one of the first among very few law firms in the U.S. to name a minority woman, Jayne Williams, as Managing Principal. Jayne began her legal career in 1974 in the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Oakland. She eventually led the department and served as Oakland’s City Attorney for 14 years. In 2000, Jayne joined Meyers Nave and served as the Firm’s Managing Principal for two terms from 2004 to 2010. During her tenure in the chief executive position, Meyers Nave experienced significant growth by opening offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Jayne has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being selected to The Recorder’sWomen Leaders in Law” list, being named UC Hastings College of Law’s “Black Alumni of the Year” and being honored by the California Association of Black Lawyers and the National Association of Black Public Administrators, among several others.

Welcoming Our 2020 Women Attorneys
Meyers Nave proudly continues to increase the number of women attorneys throughout our firm, including the following who joined us in 2020 and 2021.

  • Janice P. Brown, Principal, Labor & Employment Practice, Workplace Investigations Practice, and Commercial Litigation Practice (San Diego)
  • Yujin Chun, Senior Associate, Trial & Litigation Practice, Commercial Litigation Practice (Los Angeles)
  • Aleene Madikians, Associate, Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation Practice (Los Angeles)
  • Suzanne Roten, Senior Of Counsel, Labor & Employment Practice (San Diego)
  • Alexandra Wolf, Associate, Municipal & Special District Law Practice (Oakland)
  • Arlene R. Yang, Principal, Labor & Employment Practice (San Diego)

Meet Our Women Leaders
To help introduce the women who lead nine practice groups at Meyers Nave, we created a Meet Our Women Leaders flyer that briefly describes each attorney’s areas of expertise and includes a quote from a woman leader who inspires each Meyers Nave attorney.

Awards and Recognition
Meyers Nave women attorneys have received recognition for their expertise and leadership, and have been featured in publications that cover the legal profession throughout California. For example, Northern California Super Lawyers magazine featured a two-page interview profile with Shaye Diveley about her two published appellate court victories that were critical in winning the battle to build the new $477 million downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings. In 2020, the Daily Journal selected Camille Hamilton Pating among the “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers” in California and also selected Deborah Fox among the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California. The Los Angeles Business Journal also selected Deborah Fox to its lists of “Leaders of Influence: Litigators and Trial Lawyers” (2020), “Top Women Attorneys” (2020), “75 Most Influential Women Lawyers” (2019) and “Top Litigators and Trial Lawyers” (2019). In 2018, the Daily Journal also selected Deborah as one of California’s “Top Women Lawyers.”

Sharing Their Stories to Help Lead the Way
The women who help lead Meyers Nave share their insight and experience at conferences that focus on professional development and career advancement for women in the legal professional. For example, Brenda Aguilar-Guerrero (Chair of the Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation Practice) spoke about “Pathways to Partnership” at a California Women Lawyers Association Annual Conference and presented at the Women’s Leadership Summit for the Municipal Management Association of Northern California. Brenda also was a co-panelist on the topic of “Career Advancement: Obstacles and Opportunities” at the Women Lawyers’ Retreat hosted by Alameda County Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, Contra Costa Bar Association’s Women’s Section, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and California Women Lawyers. Since 2007, Brenda has served as a presenter and program co-chair for the annual California Eminent Domain Conference hosted by CLE International. Deborah Fox (Chair of the Trial & Litigation Practice and First Amendment Practice) spoke about “Women in the Courtroom” at the Daily Journal’s Southern California Women Leadership in Law Forum and Nancy Harris (Chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice) spoke about “Women in the Courtroom” at the Northern California Women Leadership in Law Forum.

Supporting Change throughout the Legal Profession
Meyers Nave proudly supports the efforts of many organizations that help advance women in the legal profession. Our major sponsorships include providing event attendees with a copy of “She Said What?”, a book of 3,000 leadership quotes from women leaders around the world. For example, Meyers Nave served as a Gold level sponsor of the Daily Journal’s inaugural Women Leadership in Law conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco, a Gold level sponsor of the No Glass Ceiling Conference created by the Women’s Impact Network of the Bar Association of San Francisco, a Silver level sponsor of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Board Balance/Find Your Path to a Board Conference, the sole sponsor of a Membership Mixer for the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and a lead sponsor of the annual conference of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (AWWEE). Principal Shaye Diveley helped launched AWWEE’s webinar program by providing the first webinar and Of Counsel Vivi Heger provided a subsequent webinar. Principal Arlene Yang serves on the Board of the Lawyers Club of San Diego along with Associate Annie Smiddy who serves on the Bylaws and Policy Committee. Principal Camille Hamilton Pating is a member of the Steering Committee of BASF’s Women’s Impact Network and Principal Janice Brown is a recent Board Member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.