Hanover, MD (September 17, 2018) — Sonya Olds Som, a partner with legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), was honored at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) annual convention in Philadelphia on September 6 with the “Ally of the Year” award for her work in support of the HNBA’s “Poder25” initiative to increase the number of Hispanic/Latinx General Counsel in the Fortune 500 to 20 by the year 2025. She receives this award after being named “Executive of the Year” at the National Bar Association (NBA) General Counsel Invitational in NYC on May 17, 2018, for her work with the NBA in support of African-American General Counsel/In-House Counsel.
“It is my privilege to have the opportunity to work closely with organizations like HNBA, NBA, NAPABA, MIHCA and many more nationwide on behalf of Major, Lindsey & Africa, partnering with engaged MLA colleagues around the country, to help further the cause of Diversity and Inclusion in the legal profession,” said Som.
Chicago-based Sonya is primarily responsible for strategizing and leading networking, business development and marketing initiatives for Major, Lindsey & Africa’s In-House Practice Group throughout the Midwest. She focuses on sourcing in-house counsel search opportunities for attorneys at all levels—from junior counsel to general counsel—in corporate legal departments in a wide range of industries by developing and maintaining relationships with general counsel, human resource leaders and other C-suite executives.
Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in 2010, Sonya focused her legal practice on the representation of individual and business clients on a wide variety of labor and employment and immigration-related matters. In 2007, Sonya was named one of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's “40 Under 40” and was included on Lawyer of Color’s 2014 Midwest Region Hot List. She regularly speaks on panels and has authored, co-authored and been interviewed for many articles on topics including diversity in the legal profession, networking, social media, personal branding, market trends and career strategies for lawyers.
In addition to her close work with the Hispanic National Bar Association and National Bar Association, Sonya serves as Midwest Chapter Co-Chair of the Cornell Black Lawyers Alumni Network (CBLAN); is a member of the advisory board of High Performance Counsel; is an active member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Minority In-House Counsel Association (MIHCA); and is a member of MIHCA’s board of directors.