Finding Your Voice: Effective Communication Strategies for Young Lawyers

By WLALA Members Nina Zhang and Nesrein El-Haddad

May 2019

Communicating effectively with different people, including judges, partners, opposing counsel, and clients, is a critical skill for any lawyer. Learning how to identify and understand different communication styles is important so that lawyers can tailor their interactions with different audiences. Young lawyers, in particular, must not only build expertise in their practice area, but also speak confidently with people who often have more authority and years of experience. Join WLALA’s Young Lawyers Section on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to hear our panelists discuss the communication strategies that they have developed throughout their career that are not only true to their own personality but also effective. Our panelists have successfully mastered effective communication strategies in their careers. The program will contain material that will be relevant to both litigators and transactional lawyers across industries.

            The Young Lawyers Section is honored to have the following panelists speaking at the event:

                                                          Diane Cafferata

Diane Cafferata is a partner at Quinn Emanuel. Her practice focuses on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants. She has substantial experience in patent and other intellectual property matters, class actions, derivatives and other financial matters, real estate disputes, and contract and business tort cases, including several high-stakes and bet-the-company cases. Diane also teaches trial advocacy and runs the Women’s Business Development Program at Quinn Emanuel.

                                                       Christina Goodrich

Christina Goodrich is a partner at K&L Gates. She litigates in trial and appellate courts across the country. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, writs and appeals, federal practice, commercial disputes, and labor and employment. In addition to being one of the leaders of the Women in the Profession committee for K&L Gates’ Los Angeles office, Christina was listed on Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women Attorneys” in April 2018 and was named an ACG Rising Star by the Association for Corporate Growth – Los Angeles for 2015-2016.

                                                          Nyanza Shaw

Nyanza Shaw is a principal of Shaw Esquire. She is an entertainment and business attorney who specializes in corporate and business law, entertainment law, intellectual property, and media. Her client base includes both newcomers and veterans in the music, film, TV, media and sports industries. By serving in a “general counsel” role to small businesses, entertainment companies, and non-profit organizations, Nyanza provides innovative and strategic business and legal advice to clients related to start-up, operations, compliance, productivity, financing, and branding as well as general corporate and business transactions.

Ann C. Kim

Ann C. Kim is a partner at Hogan Lovells. She is part of the firm’s Litigation practice, working closely with the Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud practice group. She was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly five years in the Central District of California and, prior to that, seven years as a Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Los Angeles Regional Office. Ann brings her government background to advise public companies, health care organizations, financial institutions, and investment funds on various investigation and white collar issues such as fraud, the False Claims Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

                                            Moderator: Stacy Horth-Neubert

The Panel will be moderated by Stacy Horth-Neubert, Counsel at Sidley Austin. Stacy is an accomplished commercial litigator whose practice includes multi-district litigation and class actions, federal and state appeals, international arbitration and administrative appeals. She has represented clients in the internet, travel and leisure, design, fashion and entertainment industries, on state and local regulation, unfair business practices and false advertising, and commercial contract disputes. In addition to serving as the President of WLALA in 2016-2017, Stacy was recognized as one of the 2018 “Most Influential Women Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and one of the 2017 “Top Women Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Event Details:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Reception: 6:15 to 7:00 p.m.

Program: 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served




K&L Gates

10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 8th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90067



$20 for WLALA Members

$30 for Non-Members

Free for Law Students who sign up for free WLALA membership



Parking is available at the Century City Mall for $6.00 for 3 hours.


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We would not be able to present this event without the generous support of our sponsors, K&L Gates, Capstone Partners Financial and Insurance Services, and Driven, Inc. A special thank you is owed to all of them.

·         K&L Gates LLP ( is a full service global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. K&L Gates represents leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. The firm provides legal services through nine broad firmwide practice areas: corporate and transactional; energy; infrastructure and resources; finance; financial services; intellectual property; labor, employment and workplace safety; litigation and dispute resolution; real estate; and regulatory and policy.

·         Capstone Partners Financial and Insurance Services ( is a financial services firm that provides a wide range of financial products and services to individuals and business owners to help build and protect financial security.

·         Driven Inc. ( provides customizable e-discovery solutions that offers services across the electronic discovery reference model. Led by experienced eDiscovery attorneys, Driven’s service teams advise on best practices for defensibility and efficiency throughout every phase of data management and eDiscovery.


Nina Zhang is an associate attorney at O’Hagan Meyer and Nesrein El-Haddad an associate attorney at Theodora Oringher.