Four Jackson Walker Attorneys Named Texas Diversity Council Award Winners


We are proud to announce that four Jackson Walker attorneys will be recognized by the Texas Diversity Council, a state affiliate of the National Diversity Council (NDC), at the Inaugural Texas Legal Diversity Week to be held in November 2017. The NDC’s mission is to connect and train top leaders in the legal field with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion. NDC is celebrating its 8th year by launching the first ever Texas Legal Diversity Week to be held simultaneously in Dallas and Houston, November 7-9, 2017. Legal Diversity Week will bring together a diverse group of leaders to celebrate and advance diversity in the legal field. Events include panels, symposiums, MCLE workshops, and networking events designed to aid law firms in navigating the ever-changing landscape of diversity to cultivate workplaces that promote inclusion.

Every year the National Diversity Council and its affiliates recognize and honor prominent leaders in the legal community that embody and champion diversity. This year, four Jackson Walker attorneys have been named as Texas Diversity Council Award Winners.

Debbie Robinowitz has been named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers of Dallas. Amanda Zimmerman and Priya Coffey have been named as two of the Top 50 Women Lawyers of Houston. This award recognizes women attorneys who have received a high degree of peer recognition for leadership excellence and professional expertise; exemplified a noteworthy commitment to fairness, equity, and justice in client representation 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.

Chevazz G. Brown has been named one of the Top 50 Multicultural Lawyers of Houston. This award recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated leadership excellence in the legal field; exemplified a noteworthy commitment to fairness, equity, and justice in client representation and professional collaborations; received a high degree of peer recognition for leadership excellence and professional expertise; and demonstrated leadership and commitment to community well-being and/or high visibility in the community.

Registration for Legal Diversity Week is currently ongoing and can be completed at www.legaldiversityweek.org.

About the Award Recipients

Debbie Robinowitz is a partner in the Dallas office. She is statewide head of the Jackson Walker Finance Section and Chair of Jackson Walker Women (jw2). Her practice focuses on finance transactions, including financings for the development and construction of large real estate projects across all asset classes. She is a Board Member of the National Charity League Heart of Dallas and a volunteer for several local schools and non-profit organizations.

Amanda Zimmerman is a partner in the Houston office practicing employment law. She defends employers of all sizes in a broad range of issues in both state and federal court across a variety of industries. She also advises on human resource issues and has particular experience representing media and entertainment clients. Amanda received Texas Lawyer’s “Lawyers on the Rise” Professional Excellence Award in 2017. She has served in board positions for several legal and community organizations, including as Past Chair of ABA TOPS Media, Privacy, and Advertising Law Committee.

Priya Coffey is a partner in the Houston office practicing real estate law. She represents clients in complex commercial real estate transactions including the acquisition and disposition of raw land, office buildings, and retail centers, as well as tenants and landlords in commercial leases. She advises clients on City of Houston ordinances and other governmental compliance issues, including those related to HOAs. Priya serves on the Board of Directors for Recipe for Success in addition to her other legal and community activities.

Chevazz G. Brown is a partner in the Houston office and a member of the Litigation practice area. He represents clients in a broad range of business and commercial disputes. Before joining Jackson Walker, Chevazz served as law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth M. Hoyt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Chevazz has served on numerous committees for the Houston Bar Association and Thurgood Marshall School of Law and is a Member of the Forum on Communications Law and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.