Rasha Gerges Shields named to Los Angeles Business Journal's list of "Leaders of Influence: Thriving in Their Forties"
Rasha Gerges Shields, a partner in the Firm's State Attorney General Enforcement, Investigations & Litigation Practice resident in the Los Angeles Office, has been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal's list of "Leaders of Influence: Thriving in Their Forties." The editors selected the designated professionals based on a demonstration of their "impact made on the profession and on the Los Angeles community." Ms. Shields was described as "a respected leader in the legal profession, a trusted advisor to companies and organizations, and a champion of diversity and racial justice."
Ms. Shields is a former federal prosecutor with nearly 20 years of first-chair trial and appellate experience. She defends companies and executives in high-stakes civil and criminal matters, including Department of Justice and state attorneys general enforcement actions. She also helps companies conduct internal investigations and develop effective compliance programs. She has been the lead trial counsel in federal court, has argued before the California Supreme Court and federal/state appellate courts, and has submitted amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court as lead counsel.
Ms. Shields is president of California ChangeLawyers' Board of Directors, immediate past president of the Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California, past president of the UCLA Law Alumni Association, co-chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association President's Task Force on Racial and Social Justice, and global co-chair of the Women's White Collar Defense Association's diversity committee. Following the murder of George Floyd, Ms. Shields was appointed as co-chair of the Los Angeles Police Commission's Advisory Committee on Building Trust and Equity and co-chair of UCLA's public safety efforts. She leads Jones Day's Los Angeles Office's Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee and is part of the Firm's Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform Task Force.