Orrick congratulates managing associates Megan Lawson and Suzette Barnes on their election to leadership roles with the 2018 Board of Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California (BWLNC). Megan will serve as president for the 2018 term, while Suzette will serve as treasurer.
Megan, a member of our Employment Law & Litigation team in Silicon Valley, defends companies in class action, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff lawsuits under California and federal law on a variety of issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination claims and wage-and-hour matters. She was a member of the Orrick trial team honored with the 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for their victory on behalf of Kleiner Perkins in the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by Ellen Pao. Prior to being elected president, Megan served as vice president of BWLNC, where she received the Minority Bar Coalition 2017 Unity Award, honoring members of minority bar associations who have shown dedication to advancing the cause of diversity in the legal profession.
Suzette, a member of our White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance team in San Francisco, focuses on the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and complex commercial actions and internal investigations. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area honored Suzette with its 2015 Keta Taylor Colby Award for her commitment to providing pro bono services through the Second Chance Legal Clinic, which addresses the civil consequences of the disproportionate representation of people of color and low-income affected by the criminal justice system. Prior to being elected treasurer, Suzette served as strategic partnership chair of BWLNC.
Founded in 1979, BWLNC is a source of support and sisterhood for Black women in the legal profession in Northern California.