Adine Momoh Named a 2016 NCBJ Blackshear Presidential Fellow
Stinson Leonard Street LLP attorney Adine Momoh has been selected by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges as a Blackshear Presidential Fellow for 2016. Momoh and three other 2016 Fellows will be honored at the NCBJ annual meeting in San Francisco, which runs Oct. 26-29, 2016.
Blackshear Fellows are early career attorneys of color recognized for their legal excellence in bankruptcy law, high ethical and professional conduct, and commitment to educational development and the profession. The fellowship is named after the Honorable Cornelius Blackshear, an esteemed bankruptcy judge now retired from the Southern District of New York.
"Considering her previous achievements and service to the bar, it comes as no surprise that Adine was selected as a Fellow," said Lowell Stortz, chair of Stinson Leonard Street. "She is knowledgeable in the law, devotes herself to zealous advocacy of her clients and works tirelessly to achieve the appropriate results for her clients. She does all of that with civility, pride of craft and devotion to ethical standards."
Jim Baillie, a shareholder at Fredrickson & Byron P.A. in Minneapolis who is familiar with Momoh's professional accomplishments, encouraged Momoh to submit a fellowship nomination. "When I saw the description of the fellowship program I thought immediately of Adine as a perfect fit and let her know of the program," he said. Baillie added that he thought that Momoh was at the stage of her career that attending and participating in the main national conference of bankruptcy judges and bankruptcy lawyers would continue her professional development.
"This fellowship is special for a couple of reasons," said Momoh. "First and foremost, I’m honored to be following in the footsteps of Judge Blackshear. He’s an inspiration, and I want to live up to his example that resilience, dedication and collegiality can lead to a successful career in the bankruptcy profession.
"The other reason is that this fellowship recognizes my work in bankruptcy and practice as a federal courtroom attorney," said Momoh. "It’s very rewarding to receive a national honor for the work I do for clients every day."
Momoh practices creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law out of Stinson Leonard Street’s Minneapolis office. Her practice also includes banking litigation and estates and trust litigation.
Momoh serves on the boards of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Federal Bar Association National Younger Lawyers Division, Federal Bar Association’s Minnesota Chapter, and International Women’s Insolvency and Reorganization Confederation–Minnesota Network.
She currently serves as treasurer of the Hennepin County Bar Association and will elevate to president in 2018-19, the association's 100th anniversary year. She will be the youngest and first black woman to hold that role in the 8,000-member organization's history.
From 2013-2015, Momoh received the North Star Lawyer designation from the Minnesota State Bar Association for her commitment to pro bono work. She received Stinson Leonard Street’s 2013 Pro Bono Services to the Indigent award, and that same year was also named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, one of 167 attorneys nationwide. In 2014 she was named one of two finalists for the American Bar Association’s National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and was honored with the MSBA’s first-ever Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award. In 2016 Momoh was one of four recipients of the Service to the MWL Award, a distinction awarded by Minnesota Women Lawyers.