As the daughter of West African immigrants, St. Paul native Adine Momoh has “lived and breathed” diversity and inclusion her entire life. An equity partner at the Stinson LLP law firm in Minneapolis, Momoh is a trial attorney focusing on banking and securities litigation, estates and trusts litigation, and bankruptcy. Even with her growing practice, she finds ways to impact the profession, especially with respect to diversity.
She joined Stinson’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee as an associate, and in that role she served as a voice for associate attorneys of color and young women, on issues including recruitment, evaluation, parental leave, advancement and retention.
Momoh recently completed her term as the 100th president of the Hennepin County Bar Association, making history as its first black woman and youngest attorney ever to serve as president.
As HCBA president, Momoh helped bring needed attention to the issue of mental health and wellness in the legal profession, convening a wellness task force and co-sponsoring the first ever bar association-wide Wellness Conference, last January.
“Wellness and well-being are another facet of diversity and inclusion,” Momoh noted. “There has always been a stigma in the legal profession around issues of mental health, and how individuals may cope. We wanted to see what we could do as an organization to do our part.”
She also has influence on a national level. In October, Momoh joined the Federal Bar Association’s National Board of Directors and began her yearlong term as chair of the bar association’s Younger Lawyers Division. She served recently on the board of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, chairing its membership committee.
She also volunteers with various nonprofit organizations committed to increasing the pipeline for attorneys of color and women, including Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, and Minnesota Women Lawyers.
Momoh has also mentored law students, primarily women and students of color, at the three Twin Cities law schools.
In her work, Momoh continues to be guided by a simple principle: “Do well, be humble and give back.”
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