ATLANTA (March 8, 2011) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces today that two attorneys, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy and Jamala S. McFadden, were recognized by the Atlanta Business League (ABL) as among “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence." The annual list is composed of professional black women in the metro Atlanta community who have maintained significant involvement and participation in civic activities.
“This honor is a true reflection of the dedication that Allegra and Jamala have shown to Atlanta through both their professional and community involvement. We are extremely proud of them," said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman.
Allegra is a partner in Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group and co-leader of the Business and Commercial Litigation team. She also is a member or past member of the Board of Directors for a number of Atlanta community organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium, the Leadership Institute for Women of Color in Law and Business, Atlanta Girls’ School, and Habitat for Humanity. She is a past president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.
Jamala is counsel in Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group and focuses her practice on complex business litigation and employment litigation. Her professional and community involvement includes serving as President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and as a member of the Boards of Directors for Atlanta Legal Aid and the Justice Center of Atlanta. Jamala is a graduate of L.E.A.D. Atlanta and has served as the lead attorney coach for the Therrell High School Mock Trial Team.
Since 1994, the distinguished list has reflected the names of black women in the metro Atlanta community who have reached senior level positions within their profession, are leading entrepreneurs in their industry or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically and in government.
Sutherland attorneys have a long and distinguished history dedicated to public service, dating back to the 1930s. The tradition of public service continues today through the efforts of lawyers and staff who provide civic leadership and pro bono legal representation to individuals and institutions within their communities.
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