McGuireWoods Houston office managing partner Yasser Madriz has been named an MCCA Rainmaker by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the legal profession’s premier diversity and inclusion organization. The annual honors are for lawyers who achieved success through innovative, consistent and proactive business development and an extraordinary commitment to service in their communities.
Madriz leads McGuireWoods’ multidisciplinary trade secrets group and represents clients in high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He focuses his practice on technology and intellectual property disputes, trade secret theft and unfair competition.
Since 2020, Madriz has been a driving force behind McGuireWoods’ growth in the Houston and Texas markets. The office added key lawyers and expanded its capabilities since Madriz became leader of the office, which relocated to the Texas Tower in downtown Houston last year.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the MCCA, which does so much to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” Madriz said. “I’m grateful to my McGuireWoods colleagues for their support and to my clients for trusting me with their most important legal matters.”
Several McGuireWoods partners have been named MCCA Rainmakers in recent years. Greg Kilpatrick, chair of the firm’s Securities & Capital Markets Department, received the honor in 2021; Bryan C. Brantley, leader of the firm’s transportation industry team, was honored in 2020; Raj Natarajan, immediate past chair of the firm’s Debt Finance Department, was named to the list in 2019; and deputy managing partner for development Joanne Katsantonis was recognized in 2018.