mwhitley@reedsmith.com

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Marlen D. Whitley is a partner in the firm's Houston office and also serves as the firm's Hiring partner for the Houston office as well as the firm's first Executive Director for Diversity Recruiting. In this role he serves as the firm's change agent for recruiting and retaining diverse legal talent at the associate, counsel and partner ranks.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 – U.S. for Capital Markets: Equity Offerings – both for advice to Issuers and Managers, 2015
  • Selected to the 2014, 2015, 2016 &2017 Texas Super Lawyers list for Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate); 2004, 2008-2012

Credentials

  • University of Texas School of Law, 2001, J.D., President, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, 2000-2001; Regional Director, NBLSA Rocky Mountain, 1999-2000
  • University of Texas at Austin, 1998, B.A., African American Studies and History, Dean's Distinguished Graduate of the College of Liberal Arts

  • Texas

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Director, The Texas Lyceum
  • Member, Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals
  • Member, Commission of 125, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Member, The University of Texas Development Board