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Jani K. Mikel, an Associate in Chicago and member of the firm’s Litigation practice area, was recently named to the National Black Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 List in Illinois.

Being named to the 40 Under 40 list is an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in each state who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.

The National Black Lawyers is a professional honorary organization composed of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers who represent individuals and businesses in the American legal system. Membership into the organization is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to attorneys who excel in their profession or promote diversity. The National Black Lawyers is one of very few preeminent organizations in the United States established to promote the nation’s top black attorneys and is designed to enhance the professional development of its members.

According to the press release, with the selection of Ms. Mikel by The National Black Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40, she has shown that she exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and performance in his areas of legal practice. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.
“I am honored and grateful to be included among so many talented attorneys” said Ms. Mikel. “I look forward to the continued work of promoting diversity in the legal field alongside such a prominent organization like The NBL.”

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