LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Lawyers of Color magazine has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys Vonda Kirby and Ozair Shariff to the second annual Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession. Honorees with be profiled in the Lawyers of Color’s Hot List 2014 issue on July 28, 2014.
Lawyers of Color selected the Hot List honorees through a two-pronged process. The selection committee, comprised of editorial staff and advisors, spent months reviewing nominations and researching legal publications as well as legal blogs in order to identify candidates. Nominations were accepted from mentors, peers and colleagues. Editorial picks were also made based on research of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments or were active in diversity pipeline initiatives.
Vonda Kirby is an attorney based in Stites & Harbison’s Louisville office and is a member of the Business Litigation Service Group. She advises, represents and defends businesses and institutional lenders in a wide variety of litigation matters involving contracts, business torts, product liability, personal injury, toxic torts and foreclosures. Kirby also defends attorneys in malpractice actions.
Ozair Shariff is an attorney in the firm’s Louisville office where he is a member of the Health Care Service Group. Shariff’s practice is devoted to a wide range of issues affecting health care providers. He focuses on regulatory, compliance, physician contracting, and general transactional matters. He has appeared on behalf of health care clients in numerous administrative hearings.
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