Minority Associates Group

Our affinity groups welcome and encourage participation from all lawyers

The Minority Associates Group (MAG) is an affinity group comprised of non-partner lawyers and patent personnel with a shared goal of promoting the interests of minority lawyers both within Cooley and within the legal profession. Founded in Palo Alto by litigation partner Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria when she was an associate, the group is now co-chaired by Brian Focarino, Natalie Karam and Jayme Staten, and has grown to include chapters in the Boston, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Reston, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC, offices. The group sponsors a variety of activities in each office/region throughout the year, including opportunities for socializing and networking, along with specific programming of interest to the group.

Brian Focarino Associate, Boston
Natalie Karam Associate, Palo Alto
Jayme Staten Associate, San Diego
Melissa H. Boyd Associate, San Francisco
Ashley Brown Associate, Seattle
Greg Brown Associate, San Diego
Reshma David Associate, London
Candice Hsu Associate, Palo Alto
Phoebe Huang Associate, Seattle
Sam Meiklejohn Associate, London
Kimberly Nguyen Special Counsel, Reston
Vikki Nguyen Associate, New York
Claire Olin Associate, San Diego
Sky Taylor Associate, Los Angeles
Cameron C. Vanderwall Associate, Palo Alto
Alex Weaver Associate, Washington, DC