Press Release
October 3, 2005

Marilyn Holifield Honored as a Founding Member of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association

MIAMI – Marilyn Holifield, a partner in the Miami office of Holland & Knight, was honored as one of 12 founding members of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association at a recent gala celebrating the organization's 20 years of leadership and service in the Miami-Dade legal community.

The association, formerly known as the Miami-Dade County Chapter of the National Bar Association – Women Lawyers Division, recently changed its name to honor the legacy of Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry. Cherry was the first black female law student admitted to the University of Miami School of Law, first black female lawyer to practice in  Miami-Dade County, and the first black female to be elected to the Florida legislature. 

Holifield practices in the area of general litigation, with specific emphasis on representing corporate clients. Her practice includes employment, business litigation, corporate governance, trade secrets, covenants-not-to-compete, class action and intellectual property litigation. She has successfully represented corporate clients as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings.

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