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Brian Song, Lisa Collins, Michael Sabella Receive Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Recognition

News / June 6, 2019

Three BakerHostetler attorneys were recognized in the 2019 Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards: USA 2019:

  • Partner Brian Song, Minority Lawyer of the Year.
  • Partner Lisa Collins, Highly Commended for Outstanding Ally.
  • Associate Michael Sabella, Future Leader – LGBT+ Equality.

Five other BakerHostetler attorneys were recognized as finalists in their respective categories. They included Partners Emily Crosby (Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year); Ted Jacobs (LGBT+ Equality Lawyer of the Year – Partner); Seanna Brown (Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year); Mark Hatcher (Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Diversity in the Legal Profession); and Associate Camille Bent (Future Leader – Minority Lawyers).

The Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards shine a spotlight on champions for change and trailblazers who further equality in the legal profession. The awards are reflective of the research and diversity seminars that Chambers & Partners has conducted across the nation, including events in New York and Miami. They also represent the first time that client feedback has been requested in the judging process for the organization’s accolades.

The award winners’ bona fides, captured in the event’s program booklet, reflect their strengths. For Song, acknowledged for “leading the way in his commitment to minorities’ diversity and inclusion,” that includes references to his service as President of the Asian-American Bar Association of New York, where he spearheads a number of programs to support Asian-American lawyers. In addition to excelling with his private practice, Song – a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Army Reserves – has a commitment to advancing diversity in the military. He provided pro bono legal representation to the Sikh American Veterans Alliance, helping to seek and obtain religious accommodations for Sikh Americans who want to serve in the military. This year, Song was selected by the firm for The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program, which identifies high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds and sets them on the path to leadership of their organizations.

The booklet also singled out Sabella’s progressive work. Called a “pro bono trailblazer for the LGBTQ community,” Sabella is co-chair of BakerHostetler’s Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Name Change Project, which provides legal assistance to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary individuals seeking to change their names to reflect their gender identity. Sabella also works with clients seeking asylum, both through Immigration Equality, where his clients’ LGBTQ+ status puts them in danger of being deported to their countries of origin, and Safe Passage, where immigrant and refugee children are contesting deportation proceedings. Sabella is vice chair of the Lawyers with Disabilities Involvement Subcommittee at the American Bar Association.

In 2018, the National Bar Association awarded Collins the 40 Under 40 Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award, which honors one member of the 40 Under 40 class for outstanding leadership. She was also awarded the 40 Under Forty Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for her commitment to the community. She is very active in the Atlanta community and served on the Executive Board for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and as the longest-serving chair of the organization’s signature fundraising event, the Glitter Gala. Additionally, she is President-Elect of the Georgetown Club of Metropolitan Atlanta.