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Greenberg Traurig’s Audrey M. Chang Honored with Texas Diversity Council’s 2014 DiversityFIRST Award

HOUSTON (Nov. 3, 2014)Audrey M. Chang, an associate in the Houston office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, is the recipient of a 2014 DiversityFIRSTTM Award. This award is presented annually by the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), a statewide organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity.

“I congratulate Audrey on this honor. She is a talented, well-regarded lawyer whose work for diversity in the legal profession and the business community truly benefits both the firm and our clients,” said Doug Atnipp, Texas co-regional operating shareholder and co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Houston office. “Greenberg Traurig’s commitment to welcoming and reflecting the communities we represent is further enriched by the personal dedication of individual attorneys like Audrey.”

Selected for her outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and community, Chang was recognized at an awards luncheon held Oct. 30, 2014, at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston. Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston, served as the keynote speaker at the event.

According to its website, TXDC celebrated its tenth anniversary as a forum for organizations to learn from top corporate leaders in the area of diversity. Comprised of five councils throughout the state of Texas, TXDC serves the greater metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

Chang is actively involved with several minority bar and civic organizations on national, state and local levels. She serves on the executive committee of the Chinese Community Center in Houston and is a board member of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston, where she has held several leadership positions as chair of the board, president and president-elect. Chang is an active member of the City of Houston Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for Asia/Australia and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She currently chairs the Asian Leadership Council for the Houston Symphony and is a member of Leadership Houston’s Class XXXIII. Previously selected as a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine, she is past vice-chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 2013, Chang was named to Lawyers of Color LLC’s inaugural "Hot List," a list of exceptional minority attorneys under the age of 40.

Focusing her practice on corporate transactions, Chang represents clients in a wide range of matters including commercial financings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and oil and gas transactions. She assists both commercial lenders and corporate clients in financing transactions, and has represented purchasers and sellers in acquisition transactions, both primarily in the energy industry. Prior to joining the firm, Chang worked for the Texas Senate, as Capitol and committee staff, as well as for the Texas House of Representatives, as legislative director.