Strategic Hire Solidifies Phillips Kaiser as Corporate Law Powerhouse
Committed to Increasing Diverse Representation in the Field
Houston, Texas—Phillips Kaiser has hired Monique Steele Powell as an outstanding new attorney in the firm and a participant in The Legacy Project—a project launched by Phillips Kaiser dedicated to hiring and developing diverse lawyers in the corporate business law sector.
Powell is a seasoned corporate transactional lawyer who comes to Phillips Kaiser after 14 years at Shell Oil Company, where she served as a lead attorney in multiple areas including onshore and offshore crude, trading, retail, supply and distribution, credit support, and bankruptcy.
With The Legacy Project, Powell will participate in a three-year development program designed to mentor and expand opportunities for minority lawyers, equipping them for success as attorneys either at Phillips Kaiser or other corporate transactional settings.
Gregory L. Phillips and Craig M. Kaiser founded The Legacy Project to increase representation of lawyers of color. The American Bar Association’s 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession Report found that only 5% of lawyers are African American or Black, 5% are Latinx, 2% are Asian and 1.3% are Indigenous. While large firms have spent big money on diversity initiatives, these percentages have hardly changed in the last ten years.
Phillips Kaiser is working to bridge this gap with The Legacy Project, where they will hire and train lawyers of color in the areas of organizational awareness, standard of service requirements, and personal development plans. Steele will assist in the development and expansion of the program.
"Monique brings a lot of experience having worked in one of hte largest in-house legal departments in the world," says Phillips, "and she is fully committed to her continued growth professionally and the improvement of diversity in the legal profession. She will be an outstanding member of the Phillips Kaiser team."
Steele says, “When I heard about The Legacy Project and its mission, I knew it was the change and opportunity I had been searching for in my career. It’s the excitement the firm has in the continued success of its lawyers that’s refreshing to me even as a lawyer practicing for 15 years.”
Phillips Kaiser offers general counsel services to small, mid-sized, and large businesses. To learn more about The Legacy Project, visit PhillipsKaiser.com/the-legacy-project/.
Gregory L. Phillips and Craig M. Kaiser are available for interviews.
Craig M. Kaiser
Gregory L. Phillips
9800 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77042