Dorsey & Whitney was named “Law Firm of the Year” by the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association (TMBA) in Orange County, CA, the international law firm is pleased to announce. Dorsey will be presented the award during the TMBA’s Annual Gala on February 23, 2023.

“We are honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Bill Stoeri, Dorsey Managing Partner. “We commend TMBA’s commitment to supporting Black students and attorneys in the Orange County legal community, and we are pleased to support its important work.”

“I am very proud of Dorsey’s recognition as Law Firm of the Year,” said Melonie Jordan, an associate in Dorsey’s Southern California office who has served on TMBA’s board since 2021 and is the immediate past Vice President. “The firm’s support of TMBA’s mission underscores Dorsey’s intentional approach to supporting the needs and viewpoints of diverse communities here in Southern California. Congratulations to Dorsey and a resounding ‘thank you’ to our Diversity and Equity leadership.”

Melonie has worked to further TMBA’s mission to support, connect, and increase the Black legal community in Orange County though a series of events, including the Orange County Black History Parade and Festival, the Juneteenth Celebration and Scholarship Brunch, TMBA’s partnership with an adopt-a-family program at Casa Teresa, and TMBA’s Summer Associate Program, which provides Black law students with substantive legal and professional experiences to support their development as attorneys. Dorsey served as a TMBA Summer Associate Program Partner in 2022 and sponsored the TMBA Midsummer Social for the program.