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Oct. 25, 2023

Nelson Mullins Recognizes Attorneys for 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Efforts

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has recognized Jenny Jordan, Shaniqua Singleton, and Madison Guyton as honorees for the firm’s 2023 Diversity Awards. Both in and outside of the firm, all three of these attorneys reflect Nelson Mullins’ ongoing mission to enrich a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

“Over the past year, the recipients of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards have showcased a profound dedication to equity, inclusion, leadership, and accessibility,” said Kat Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. “Their ongoing contributions to spearhead and bolster the firm's DEI endeavors have been exceptional and have certainly garnered recognition. We extend our appreciation to these deserving awardees for their unwavering commitment to our DEI initiatives.”

Sheryl Ortmann Diversity Award – Jenny Jordan

The Sheryl Ortmann Diversity Award is bestowed on an attorney making significant achievements in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The award is named after the firm’s first female partner.

Jordan has been a very active participant in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for many years, including in her service as chair of the Paralegal Committee, her time spent as a partner in the Charleston office, her leadership in the Women on the Go (WOGO) Affinity Group, and as an active member of the DEI steering committee.

The Sara Turnipseed “Women on the Go” Award – Shaniqua Singleton

The Sara Turnipseed “Women on the Go” Award recognizes contributions by attorneys and policy advisors within the firm who actively promote the success of women in the legal profession. It honors the late Nelson Mullins partner Sara Turnipseed and her tireless commitment to issues of gender equity and the promotion of opportunities for women in the legal profession and in the firm.

Singleton was nominated for her devotion to the success of women at Nelson Mullins. She is actively involved in the DEI Committee and the WOGO Affinity Group, and she also serves as a leader in Bridge-Together, the Black attorney affinity group. She supports the firm’s new female associates with her mentorship. “She has given of her time, effort, heart, and mind to other attorneys without asking for anything in return. In this role, she is a confidant, an advisor, and listening ear, and a willing instructor, read her nomination. “Shaniqua believes in the diverse attorneys she mentors, and her belief instills her mentees with self-confidence, which is essential to bettering their careers and the firm.”

The Early Start Award – Madison Guyton

The Early Start Award recognizes outstanding efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession early in a career.

An associate early in her career, Guyton has volunteered herself for diversity efforts, including leading one of the most important WOGO subcommittees, programming. With guidance from senior leaders, Guyton spearheaded programming initiatives and calls in 2022. “She is committed, thoughtful, and bound to be one of the firm’s next leaders,” her nomination read.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an Am Law 100 firm of more than 1,000 attorneys, policy advisors and professionals with 33 offices in 17 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, go to