NEW YORK – Dec. 17, 2020 – Karen M. Kennard and A. Michael Pratt, shareholders at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as two of its 2020 “Black Leaders Worth Watching” honorees.
According to the publication, they were selected for the magazine’s inaugural award for being outstanding leaders who demonstrate their talents and skills, their dedication to excellence in all they do, their willingness to mentor and support the next generation, and their commitment to the larger community. Kennard and Pratt, along with 52 other honorees, are showcased in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s fall 2020 issue.
“Karen and Mike embody our dynamic approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Their extraordinary life experiences provide them with unique insight into not only problems but also into actionable solutions that focus on preserving our culture of collaboration and responsive, excellent client service. DE&I initiatives are not only the right thing to do, they provide our clients with a diverse pool of ideas and approaches to address their real-world situations. We are proud that Karen and Mike are among those receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Greenberg Traurig CEO Brian L. Duffy.
“We are honored to be recognized alongside so many accomplished Black leaders,” Kennard and Pratt said in a joint statement. “It is further evidence of the support Greenberg Traurig has offered us and so many others by continuing to encourage collaboration, professionalism, diversity and inclusion, and trust.”
Kennard, based in Austin, TX, focuses her practice on government law, policy and regulatory matters with an emphasis on municipal local government issues. Her experience spans more than two decades and includes positions as City Attorney for the City of Austin, Texas and General Counsel for the Texas Municipal League. Kennard was listed as one of the “Top Attorneys in Austin” by Austin Monthly Magazine (2020); Austin Black Business’ “Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyer Awards” recipient (2019); Best Lawyers in America® “Top Listed – Government Relations” team member (2018); and Austin Black Lawyers Association “Legacy Award” recipient (2012).
Pratt, based in Philadelphia, is an accomplished litigator, who concentrates his practice on complex commercial, financial and product liability disputes, having tried cases in state and federal courts, representing financial institutions, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and governmental institutions, among others. With three decades of private practice at Am Law 100 firms, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his broad-based representations, leveraging a rich array of prior legal experiences. Pratt is rated AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0, and he has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Acritas Stars™ Independently Rated Lawyers, “Star Lawyers,” The Legal Intelligencer’s “Diversity Attorney of the Year,” and Super Lawyers magazine.
Founded in 1999, Profiles in Diversity Journal is a quarterly publication dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the corporate, government, nonprofit, STEM, and higher education sectors.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Diversity Initiative: From its inception, Greenberg Traurig has been committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Greenberg Traurig is a uniquely empowering and diverse firm built on a foundation of fairness, equality, and authenticity. Through its Social, Racial, and Economic Justice Action Plan, the firm has committed $5 million over five years to help combat systemic racism and support impoverished communities. In addition, the firm’s efforts have been recognized through its Mansfield Rule 3.0 certification, administered by The Diversity Lab, and by local, national, and global publications and organizations including Chambers and Partners. Web: DRIVES Twitter: @GT_Drives
About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT), has approximately 2200 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com