SEPTEMBER 2017 JLTLA Member Spotlight
KEITHA MONET WRIGHT
Keitha Monet Wright is an experienced employment attorney and a successful negotiator. As Senior Counsel at G2 Secure Staff, she protects and defends the company in labor and employment disputes by conducting factual investigations, preparing position statements in response to agency charges of discrimination; handling traditional labor matters; representing the company at mediations, arbitrations, fact-finding conferences, and on-site agency interviews; providing advice and counseling on a variety of employment issues; and training human resources personnel on a broad range of employment related topics.
Prior to her in-house career, Keitha spent seven years in Big Law practicing commercial litigation and labor and employment law in the Dallas and Kansas City offices of Bryan Cave, LLP where she represented a variety of clients in discrimination and harassment cases, complex business disputes, wage and hour violations, and contract disputes. Prior to her tenure at Bryan Cave LLP, Keitha practiced law in the labor and employment and commercial litigation groups at Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal, LLP (now Dentons, LLP).
A zealous advocate of diversity and inclusion in the legal field, Keitha has been engaged to speak on such issues by the Bryan Cave Lawyers of Color Affinity Group, SMU Law School, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Keitha has also been engaged by the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the law firm of Strasburger & Price to speak on issues in employment law.
Keitha is an active member of her community through various organizations including: Fine Arts Chamber Players in which she is a board member, NEW Roundtable, an organization of African-American women attorneys in both in-house and law firm positions working toward partnering with DFW area law firms and corporate legal departments to increase diversity; J.L Turner Legal Association as co-chair of its Dallas Black Women’s Association Committee; the National Employment Law Counsel where she is a member and an alumni of its Academy; Texas Women Lawyers in which she is a representative board member, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through which she volunteers and serves the community.
Keitha is an honors graduate of the University of Houston Jack J. Valenti School of Communications and Howard University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas, Missouri and Kansas.
Keitha enjoys spending time with her husband Keron who is also a practicing attorney, and their son Sebastian. Her interests include international travel, all aspects of culinary arts and fine dining, and experiencing live music and theater.
AUGUST 2017 JLTLA Small Firm/Solo Practice Spotlight
HAYWORD LAW FIRM
Lori J. Hayward is the principal attorney at The Hayward Firm, PLLC where she concentrates her practice in probate, personal injury and general civil litigation. She also has experience in music and entertainment law, health care law and complex commercial litigation.
Prior to opening The Hayward Firm, PLLC in 2013, Mrs. Hayward served as an Associate and Of Counsel for Middleberg, Riddle, and Gianna (“MRG”) in Dallas, Texas. Her practice included complex litigation in a broad range of legal areas including commercial and construction disputes, breach of contract actions, collections/creditor’s rights, employment law, and ERISA. At MRG, Mrs. Hayward assisted in the defense of multi-national corporations in business litigation disputes related to construction engineering, procurement and management.
Mrs. Hayward has also worked with the U. S. Small Business Association as an Attorney Advisor during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She conducted loan program compliance reviews and funding analysis for Federal disaster loans and drafted legally sufficient loan documents.
She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (1998) and Thurgood Marshall School of Law (2003). As a member of J. L. Turner Legal Association Mrs. Hayward has served as the membership committee, Dallas Black Women Association, and Past President (2012). She is also a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar College She is a member of St. John Baptist Church in Southlake, TX, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
She is married with two children (and one on the way)!