Every year, the LMA Bay Area local steering committee gives out three awards to recognize excellence in legal marketing. The Rella Lossy Awards, named in memory of poet, playwright, and legal marketer Rella Lossy, are awarded each year to an attorney and to a marketing professional. The award recognizes professionalism and outstanding contributions to the practice of law firm marketing and business development. In addition, the local group gives out a LMA Member of the Year award, to recognize a LMA member who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the growth and success of the local group by furthering the goals of LMA.
2017 Rella Lossy Attorney Award Winner - Jessica Nall, Farella Braun + Martel
Jessica Nall is an innovative thinker, an inspiration and a true leader. She chairs the White Collar Crime and Internal Corporate Investigations Practice group at Farella Braun + Martel and her enthusiasm for business development and marketing efforts is infectious. Her vision and execution incorporates both partners and associates to work together to promote the practice and each other. She leads informative monthly team meetings where the group discusses target clients initiatives, case updates, news in the white collar crime and internal investigations realm and current business development projects. She is a strong mentor to the associates whom she encourages to write blog posts and industry articles and take lead roles on strategic initiatives. A prolific writer, Jessica created Farella’s Compliance Gap blog.
Jessica has been named a “State Litigation Star” in California by Benchmark Litigation 2018, a “Rising Star” in White Collar Crime by Law360 in 2017, among the “Top Women Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal in 2017 and among the “40 Under40” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2013, as well as among the “Top 20 Under 40” by the Daily Journal in 2010.
Jessica is an inspiration with all that she does so effortlessly. She makes it seem like there are no hours in the day and just keeps going like the energizer bunny with ease, grace and a smile. Congrats Jessica!
2017 LMA Bay Area Member of the Year - Clayton Dodds, Law Offices of Peter N. Brewer
Clayton Dodds is extremely engaged in LMA, participating on committees at the local and regional levels as well as contributing to the LMA West Tech conference. In addition to these roles, he recruits and encourages member and potential members from the Bay Area to the Silicon Valley city group. Clayton brought together one of the broadest ranges of General Counsel panelists from Silicon Valley companies to LMA’s Annual Silicon Valley City Group GC Panel that we’ve seen in recent years. Clayton works closely with his managing partner Peter Brewer, who by the way was previously nominated as a Rella Lossy Attorney. And the managing partner speaks highly of this person with enthusiasm! Clayton is the director of marketing for a boutique real estate law firm, and handles everything from online marketing to client service to public relations to even IT & attorney recruitment at times for the firm! He is also involved as a board member for the Law Practice Management & Technology Section of the State Bar of California and for the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation.
Clayton is thoughtful about LMA’s mission, a true team player and your incoming Vice Chair for the Bay Area Local Steering Committee. Congratulations Clayton Dodds!