Jackson Walker proudly congratulates Jamila M. Brinson and Julia W. Mann on being named among the top women lawyers of 2021 by the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), the local state affiliate of the National Diversity Council. On Tuesday, September 28, the TXDC will kick-start its Legal Diversity Summit with a virtual ceremony to present the 2021 Top Women Lawyers Awards.
In a recent announcement, National Diversity Council CEO Angeles Valenciano said, “The 2021 Top Women Lawyers recognizes those that are changemakers working towards equity for all. We are proud of their leadership excellence and commitment to creating pathways for all women’s success.”
To be considered, honorees must have received a high degree of peer recognition for leadership excellence and professional knowledge; exemplified a noteworthy commitment to fairness, equity, and justice in client representations and professional collaborations; maintained a superior level of integrity and dignity across the full spectrum of legal dealings and responsibilities; and demonstrated commitment to helping other women succeed.
Jamila M. Brinson is a labor and employment and litigation attorney who partners with clients to proactively shape their workplaces and resolve issues when they arise. She also serves as Chair of Jackson Walker’s Diversity & Inclusion Counseling group.
Devoted to pro bono service, Jamila coordinates the Firm’s participation in the Houston Young Lawyers Association’s Annual Adopt-an-Angel Program and the Houston Bar Association AIDS Outreach Committee’s Annual Adopt-a-Family Program. She is also certified by the State Bar of Texas as a Guardian Ad Litem and volunteers as a pro bono attorney through Houston Volunteer Lawyers on behalf of parents seeking guardianship of an incapacitated adult child.
Jamila is committed to upholding the principles of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, actively leading the Houston office’s participation in the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) Pre-Law Pipeline Program. Under her mentorship and involvement in the program, Jackson Walker was honored with the Diversity Champion Award in June 2019. In addition to the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program, Jamila volunteers her time with the West Orem Family YMCA and the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law School Fair.
Julia W. Mann is a litigator who utilizes her knowledge of the client’s industry combined with the avenues for dispute resolution to reach an outcome consistent with the client’s business goals. In addition to maintaining a full-time practice, Julia serves as managing partner of Jackson Walker’s San Antonio office and is a member of the Firm’s Management, Compensation, Recruiting, and Statewide Business Development committees. For several years, she led the Jackson Walker Women (JW2) initiative in San Antonio, implementing programs to help women attorneys build strong networks and sustain successful careers.
Throughout her career, Julia has volunteered with local organizations as the Zoo Ball Sponsorship Chair, a Board Member of the American Cancer Society South Texas chapter, a past president of the San Antonio Rose Chapter of National Charity League, a member of the Founder’s Council of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a member of the Leadership San Antonio Class of 2011, a former Board Member of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, a Nominating Committee member of the San Antonio Bar Association, and the former president of the William S. Sessions American Inns of Court. Additionally, she recently chaired Jackson Walker’s Food from the Bar team, which raised food and monetary donations for the San Antonio Food Bank.
Jackson Walker proudly celebrates Jamila and Julia’s contributions to helping women at the Firm and in local community. To explore the impact of attorneys like Jamila and Julia who dedicate their time and resources to serve others, visit our Diversity & Inclusion page.