Awards & Honors

• AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale Hubbell (2012)

• Extraordinary Women In The Law In Texas , Recognition and Award, Texas Lawyer, November 14, 2008

• 2004 – 2007 Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine and Law & Politics Features

• American Bar Association Fellow – Nominated by Peers, Bar, and Judiciary in Texas, July 2011

• Feature in Houston Bar Association’s Magazine: Women Making a Difference in Law, May/June 2010

• Texas Children’s Hospital: Higgins Family Inscription on Inaugural “Heal Sick Children Donor Wall” - 2009

• American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Speaker and Presenter – 2007 (California) and 2008 (New York) -Do You Need a CDO? The Role of Chief Diversity Officers in American Corporations, Law Firms, and Institutions

• American Bar Association: Global Diversity & Inclusion Presenter to Law Society of England and Wales, London, England, November 2007

• Panelist for the Hildebrandt Institute’s 2008 Forum on Professional Development – Managing the Talent Pipeline: New Models for Success held in New York, NY

• 2008 DiversityFIRST™ Award – Texas Diversity Council

• 2008 Featured Speaker on Mentoring and Retention – MCCA, NALP, and Corporate Counsel Women of Color

• Featured Speaker and Presenter in local, regional, national and Global arena on Diversity and Inclusion Matters and Issues – 2006 - present

• One of the Best 50 In-House Lawyers in the State of Texas – General Counsels Forum and Texas Lawyer

• 2005 – The Honorable Sarah T. Hughes Award – The State Bar of Texas -By Women In the Law

• 2008 Diversity & Inclusion Columnist for Texas Lawyer (First Column Featured Jan 14, 2008)

• 2008 Conference Co-chair for Texas Diversity Leadership Forum

• Featured speaker at The Globalization of Diversity Summit recently held in London, England. The first-of-its-kind event was organized to bring together chief legal officers, corporate general counsel, law firm managing partners, and other leaders in the legal profession to address diversity in the international legal profession. The Summit hosted by the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the Law Society of England and Wales, and the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales (December 5-7, 2007)


• Most Influential African American in Texas 2007

• Recipient of Bank of America’s 2007 Local Heroes Award – November 2007

• Local Hero Award: 2007 Houston Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award – “Celebrating Excellence, Service, and Leadership

• 2007 Honorary Chair and 2007 Community Award Recipient – The Jamaica Foundation of Houston

• President of The Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals – November 2007

• American Leadership Forum – Class XXV – 2007

• Center for Houston’s Future Graduate – Spring 2007

• Highest Legal Rating – AV Rating - Peer Review Rating and Ranking - Martindale Hubbell (2008)

• Presidential Appointment to Standing Committee of the State Bar of Texas 2007

• 2004 Rainbow maker Award recipient– Mentoring, Promoting, and Placement of Students (Minority Corporate Counsel Association)

• Fellow and Member of the American Law Institute (“ALI”) – Elected by Council of American Law Institute (October 24, 2003)

• 2003-2004 – Robert Hainsworth Outstanding Service Award – Houston Lawyer Association

• Who’s Who Among Women in Business, 1985-1986

• Who’s Who of American Women, 1984-1985

• Nominated by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee for the John C. Stennis Congressional Staff for
The 104th Congress (July 1995)

• U.S. Small Business Administration District Director’s Award For Excellence -- In Recognition of Outstanding Public Service Which Has Contributed To The Efficient and Effective Operation Of The Houston District (June 1996)

• Coordinator of Energy Forum for Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend (1995)


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