March 8, 2018
Litigation partner Givonna Long
has been named to Chicago Business Journal’s
2018 Women of Influence. The annual list recognizes women who have made an impact both professionally and in the Chicago community. The list also highlights mentoring, nonprofit organizations, and charitable endeavors.
Givonna has blazed a long trail of giving back to others and the community in many formal and informal ways. For many years, Givonna volunteered for the Jane Adams Hull House Association, one of the oldest and most famous social service organizations in Chicago until it closed in 2012. Recently, Givonna served as one of two co-chairs for the Country’s first legal summit focused on the paramount issues faced by members of LGBTQ legal community. The OutLaw: Critical Dialogues on LGBTQ Representation summit focused on engaging and encouraging business leaders to move toward more inclusive enterprise cultures and leadership opportunities for current and future generations of LGBTQ employees.
Givonna serves as a role model for other female and male lawyers at Kelley Drye and throughout the legal and business community. During this past summer, Givonna served as a formal mentor to a Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity summer associate. Today, Givonna continues to mentor law students through the Loyola University, School of Law’s Mock Trial Competition where over a ten-year period the teams she has coached have twice won National Mock Trial Competitions. In this role, she has provided over a 1000 hours of volunteer service. She also serves as a mentor to other lawyers including a law student at John Marshall Law School. Givonna also serves on the board of the Democratic Party of Evanston and is the chair of its Nominations Committee.
An experienced trial lawyer, Givonna concentrates her practice in the areas of complex business litigation, labor and employment litigation, commercial and consumer litigation, class action defense and regulatory investigations. She represents clients in disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of non-competition, nonsolicitation, and non-disclosure agreements, securities fraud and consumer related claims, including fraud and protection issues involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. She has also conducted internal investigations to identify potential claims for fraud, negligence and employee dishonesty. In addition, Givonna is actively involved in the firm’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.
The Chicago Business Journal
highlighted the 2018 Women of Influence nominees in a special profile
on February 22, 2018.