Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys


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At Moore & Van Allen, we recognize that having people with different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, countries and regions of origin, genders, gender identities and expressions, generations, physical abilities and sexual orientations is critical to our ability to provide the highest level of legal services. By fostering an inclusive work environment, we come together as one extraordinary team with the common purpose of providing truly outstanding legal services to our clients. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond our Firm to the communities we serve through extensive outreach initiatives.  These core principles are embraced by the Firm’s leadership. 

To learn more about the Diversity efforts at Moore & Van Allen, contact Diversity Committee Co-chairs Valecia McDowell and Amy Johnson, or Stephanie Gryder, Manager of Diversity and Community Initiatives.

Diversity Initiatives

Striving to be a catalyst for change, our diversity efforts encompass award-winning leadership in various multicultural initiatives:

Diversity Committee

Affinity Groups

Recruiting and Retention 

MVA was the founding firm member of the Mecklenburg County Bar's Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, and an initial signatory of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Call to Action Diversity Initiative.  We have developed mentoring programs specifically geared toward minority and female associates.

Diversity Awards & Noteworthy Recognition

  • Cabell Clay was selected as the 2018 Woman of the Year by the Women Lawyers of Charlotte.
  • The Firm earned a 100 percent ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, 2017 and 2018
  • Valecia McDowell was named a recipient of the Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award, 2017
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal named Moore & Van Allen a recipient of the Diversity Leader Award, 2014
  • The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce presented Moore & Van Allen with the Belk Innovation in Diversity Award, 2013
  • MVA Attorneys named to The Mecklenburg Times list of 50 Most Influential Women
  • MVA Attorneys named recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award
  • Luis Lluberas was selected to participate in the Mecklenburg County Bar's APEX Mentoring Program, which was designed to encourage and support the ascension of minority attorneys within Charlotte-Mecklenburg law firms, 2012-2013
  • Leslie Pedernales was quoted in the Charlotte Business Journal’s special "Women in Law" report, 2013
  • Joshua Lanning was selected to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) Fellows program, a landmark program created to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession, 2013  
  • Valecia McDowell moderated a discussion on Amendment One hosted by Foundation for the Carolinas and five Charlotte-area universities, May 2012
  • Stephanie Gryder joined Moore & Van Allen as the Firm's Manager of Diversity and Community Initiatives, 2011
  • Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award was presented to George Hanna, founding co-chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Special Committee on Diversity, in its second year, 2009
  • The Firm was named the Balanced Life Workplace Award winner (Large Firm Category) by the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2007
  • Valecia McDowell received the Charlotte Business Journal and Diversity Council of the Carolinas Diversity in Business Award, 2007
  • George Hanna received the Charlotte Business Journal and Diversity Council of the Carolinas Diversity in Business Award, 2006
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s Black Professional Network’s Multicultural Community Involvement Award, 2005