Troutman Sanders Managing Director of eMerge, Alison Grounds recently spoke one-on-one with journalist and namesake of the STEM Leadership Award, Monica Bay. The full interview was published by the Daily Report. Alison has been inspiring women (and men) of all ages to pursue careers within the legal tech community for years and was the first person to receive The Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award in 2015. The award recognizes outstanding innovation achieved in the legal technology industry; an area that Alison grew to a team of over thirty attorneys and technologists dedicated to eDiscovery and legal technology at Troutman Sanders.


Atlanta partner Andrea Farley was quoted in a recent Bloomberg article and a recent Daily Report article about Atlanta firm leaders joining partners from 54 other national firms to compete in the first-ever attorney hackathon seeking solutions to a persistent problem in Big Law: the lack of advancement of women up the ranks. According to the Daily Report, woman make up only 18% of equity partners at Am Law 200 firms – a 2% increase over the past decade. Andrea and the other leaders flew to Palo Alto, California, for the competition at Stanford University, where they pitched presentations to nine judges that included current and former general counsels from PepsiCo, Google, Microsoft and Wal-Mart.


Washington, D.C. partner Sharie Brown was elected by the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) to the Board of Overseers, PENN School of Arts & Sciences (“the College”) at its June 2016 meeting. As a proud Penn alum, Sharie is honored to be able to serve the College and the Board of Overseers during this dynamic, exciting and challenging time for the College and U.S. higher education.



Washington D.C. associate Shomari Wade was recently sworn in as a Member of the District of Columbia Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA). BEGA is responsible for administering and enforcing the ethical code of conduct governing District government employees and public officials, and ensuring transparency of District government operations. Shomari was nominated by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, and was unanimously confirmed by the District of Columbia City Council. Shomari focuses his practice on government contracts litigation, ethics counseling and small business issues.


Troutman Sanders LLP is honored to be ranked by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers as one of the Best Law Firms for Women. Troutman Sanders was acknowledged for its support of women in areas including flexible scheduling, mentoring, business development, management and educational leadership, and paid parental leave. The full list of the 2016 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women is posted here.