Leader of Manatt’s intellectual property protection and enforcement practice Michelle Cooke and leader of the firm’s land use practice Victor De la Cruz were once again recognized on Los Angeles Business Journal’s Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys list. This year’s list recognized influential minority attorneys who have made impactful contributions to the Los Angeles business and legal community at large, and who have maintained the highest professional and ethical standards.
In her Minority Leader of Influence profile, Cooke was noted for being a nationally recognized attorney and the go-to advisor for companies navigating global market expansion, brand development and entrance into the digital landscape, as well as those facing complex, multijurisdictional trademark disputes. Her work as a member of Manatt’s Board of Directors and as a member of the firm’s Strategic Growth and Recruiting Committee, as well as her role as chair of Manatt’s Committee for Diversity & Inclusion committee were also highlighted by the publication. This is Cooke’s fourth time being recognized as a top minority attorney by Los Angeles Business Journal, and her third consecutive appearance on this list.
De la Cruz was recognized by Los Angeles Business Journal for his work on entitlements and California Environmental Quality Act matters for the companies and institutions that are shaping Southern California’s landscape with prominent high-value developments. His efforts as an advocate for the advancement of underrepresented communities through his role as an active member of the Board of Directors of Bet Tzdek Legal Services, the Mexican American Bar Foundation, Uncommon Good and Community Partners were also noted in his Minority Leaders of Influence profile. This is De la Cruz’s fourth time being recognized on this list.