Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States, proudly announces that partner and trial lawyer Meshach Rhoades has earned three recognitions. Rhoades will receive the Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) Raising the Bar Award and the Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction Award, and is being recognized as a finalist in the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards.
The CWBA Raising the Bar Award honors women lawyers who have made a difference in their communities and have “raised the bar” for all women in the legal profession. According to CWBA, “This year’s theme, ‘Women Lawyers Who Raise the Bar through Promoting and Elevating Women and Girls,’ will honor women attorneys who raise the bar through work focusing on the interests of women and girls across the legal, political and social spectrum.” Rhoades will be recognized at the CWBA Foundation’s annual dinner in September.
Presented by the Girl Scouts of Colorado, the Women of Distinction Award recognizes top women leaders in the local community who have reached remarkable levels of achievement through business, community and civic leadership. Rhoades will be honored at the Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner in October.
The Outstanding Women in Business Awards highlight visionary women in the Denver business community. They are judged based on innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments and community leadership. Rhoades will be recognized as a finalist and winners will be announced at a cocktail reception and program on August 23.
Rhoades is an experienced litigator in all facets of complex commercial, regulatory and telecommunications litigation. She has litigated a variety of cases regarding complex contracts, intellectual property, business torts, real estate, class actions, finance and mortgage banking litigation, and labor and employment in state and federal courts nationwide. Her clients include Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, municipalities and closely held businesses.
In addition, Rhoades serves as co-chair of the firm’s Inclusion Committee. Her ongoing commitment to diversity is demonstrated through her own involvement with local and national organizations including the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. In her role as co-chair, she works alongside firm leaders to drive inclusion programming and initiatives, and support various affinity organizations firmwide. Rhoades is also co-founder of the Latinas First Foundation, which honors unsung heroines and trailblazers in the Colorado Latina community, builds community for Hispanic women, awards scholarships to collegiate and postgraduate students, and trains women on career progression.
Serving as co-leader of the firm’s Agribusiness and Food industry team, Rhoades assists businesses in enforcement actions to ensure compliance with the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, United States Department of Agriculture and other regulatory bodies. She has extensive experience with federal and state dairy, energy drink and juice regulation; and counsels clients on product distribution, safety and risk management, labeling and general supply chain issues.
Rhoades is immediate past chair of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness and formerly served as the national finance director and vice president of Sections and Committees for the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Board of Directors. She also co-chaired HNBA’s 2014 annual convention. In 2011, she joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as a Fellow, and continues to support the program today. Rhoades was also a mayoral appointee for the Denver Latino Commission; past president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association; former chair of the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations; member of the Colorado General Counsel Group (CGCG) Advisor Program; board member for the Colorado Hispanic Chamber Foundation; and Florence Crittenton Services Hispanic Advisory Council member. Most recently, Rhoades advocated for women in the Denver community as chair of the 2018 American Heart Association’s Denver Go Red for Women campaign.
About Armstrong Teasdale
Armstrong Teasdale, one of the nation’s largest 200 law firms, provides cost-effective and collaborative partnerships with clients around the globe. With offices across the U.S., our lawyers provide creative and practical solutions both inside and outside the courtroom. We help clients navigate laws and regulations and successfully complete transactions that fuel their strategic growth. Our lawyers are also proven litigators with many high-stakes defense verdicts under their belts as well as settlements favorable to clients.