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June 12, 2018

Diversity Journal Honors Nelson Mullins’ Nekia Hackworth Jones with a ‘Women Worth Watching Leadership Award’

Profiles in Diversity Journal has selected Nekia Hackworth Jones, a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Atlanta office, for a “2018 Women Worth Watching Leadership Award.” Winners represent executives who are “leading the way to excellence in the workplace, marketplace, and the world,” according to the publication.

Hackworth Jones handles white collar criminal defense matters, government investigations, and business litigation. She is a seasoned litigator with more than a decade of experience in federal trial and appellate courts. Hackworth Jones rejoined Nelson Mullins this year after a 10-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served both as a trial attorney handling complex criminal investigations and as a legal advisor to senior-level government officials. 

From 2008 to 2018, Hackworth Jones was an Assistant U.S. Attorney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, handling criminal matters ranging from healthcare and financial fraud to organized crime and human trafficking. In 2015, she was selected by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to work in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General in Washington, DC, as Senior Counsel and, later, as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Executive Director of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

She is a recipient of the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. She has held numerous professional leadership positions and currently serves on the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation Board of Directors. She also serves as co-chair and mentors students in the Atlanta Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program, where she was mentored as a high school student and developed a passion for the practice of law.

Published since 1999, Profiles in Diversity Journal promotes and advances diversity and inclusion in the corporate, government, nonprofit, higher education, and military sectors, according to the publisher. Click here for more information.

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