Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Partner Obrea Poindexter Named Influential Lawyer by Savoy Magazine

11 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2015) – Morrison & Foerster partner Obrea Poindexter has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers list. The listing represents the “best of the best” of black lawyers who are partners of leading law firms or corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 corporations.

Savoy is proud to congratulate those recognized within the 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers listing. We salute their achievement and leadership working at the highest levels within firms of influence and global corporations,” said Savoy Magazine publisher L.P. Green II. “This is the definitive and most comprehensive list of black lawyers compiled within the last five years, and we’re proud to share their impact with our readers.”

Ms. Poindexter is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Financial Services Practice Group and head of the firm’s Mobile Payments Group. She advises large financial institutions, retailers, and other non-financial card issuers on financial privacy issues; consumer lending issues; and debit cards, pre-paid cards, electronic banking, and payment systems issues. She also advises clients on issues about emerging payment systems, such as mobile payments and person-to-person payments. Ms. Poindexter is chair of the American Bar Association’s Truth in Lending Subcommittee and former chair of the Privacy Subcommittee. She also co-chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Diversity Strategy Committee.

“Obrea’s commitment to excellence and service to the legal profession brings tremendous value to her clients and to the firm,” said Larren M. Nashelsky, Morrison & Foerster’s chair and chief executive partner. “We’re thrilled that Savoy has named Obrea to such an exclusive list and celebrate her well-deserved honor.”

Other lawyers recognized in Savoy’s spring issue include:

  • Dennis Archer, first African American president of the American Bar Association and former mayor of Detroit
  • Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Laurie N. Robinson Haden, founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • Kamala D. Harris, 32nd attorney general of California
  • Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director of NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
  • Pamela J. Meanes, president of the National Bar Association
  • Charles Ogletree Jr., professor at Harvard Law School
  • Rick Palmore, general counsel of General Mills

“It is an honor to be recognized among this distinguished group of visionary leaders, lawyers, and advocates,” said Ms. Poindexter.

The full listing can be viewed here.

Savoy Magazine is a national publication covering the power, substance, and style of African American lifestyle. From entertainment to sports, business to politics, to design and style, Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the African American community that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about black culture.

Morrison & Foerster is a recognized leader in championing diversity within the legal profession. Every year since 2010, The American Lawyer has ranked Morrison & Foerster among the top 10 firms for overall diversity on Am Law’s Diversity Scorecard. Vault’s 2015 guide places Morrison & Foerster among the top 20 law firms for racial and ethnic diversity and among the top 10 for LGBT lawyers. Yale Law Women named Morrison & Foerster to its Top 10 Family Friendly Firms List for 2014, and the firm has received a 100 percent ranking 12 years in a row on the Human Right’s Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. The excellence of the firm’s diverse lawyers has also been recognized in publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers, IFLR, and Legal 500. These independent legal directories rely on feedback from clients and peers, and include Morrison & Foerster’s diverse lawyers in their rankings — many in the top tiers.



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