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Elsa Andrianifahanana elected Vice President of the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago

Elsa Andrianifahanana, an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice in Jones Day's Chicago Office, has been elected Vice President of the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA). She will serve as President in 2022. 

"I am humbled and honored to be elected and to serve as Vice President during the organization's 35th year," says Ms. Andrianifahanana. "Since its founding in 1987, the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago has been one of the fastest growing bar associations in Illinois, serving as an important force promoting equity, inclusion, and professional advancement in the legal community. BWLA provides its membership with meaningful educational, mentorship, and scholarship opportunities that benefit the Chicago-area legal community and beyond." 

In the coming year, BWLA aims to celebrate its history and the strides Black women have made in the legal profession over the past 35 years. Elsa also hopes to lead BWLA as it continues to build a pipeline to support young adults and teens in Chicago who wish to pursue a career in law. 

"Jones Day offers Elsa sincere congratulations on this extraordinary accomplishment," said Michael J. Gray, Co-Client Affairs Partner at Jones Day. "We are long-time supporters of the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago and know Elsa will bring her superb leadership skills to this critical part of our community."

Ms. Andrianifahanana focuses on complex labor and employment issues, including employment discrimination, class actions, privacy, and restrictive covenants. She is a trial lawyer, with recent victories in arbitrations in Ohio and California. Elsa counsels clients on the labor and employment aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions and provides guidance to clients on preventative measures, including reviewing wage and hour practices, drafting company policies, and negotiating agreements.

She maintains an active pro bono practice, advising the boards of various nonprofits on corporate governance, tax-exemption, and conflict of interest issues. Elsa also serves as a board member for the education nonprofit MAPSCorps and volunteers as a mentor for Chicago nonprofits Link Unlimited and Working in the Schools.

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