Nakia A. Bradley-Lawson
Slated as Secretary for 2016 and as a Board Member for a three-year term (2016-2019)
City/State: Portland, Oregon
Employer: Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson and Howe, P.C.
Job Title: Legal Assistant
NALS Member Since: 2012
NALS Local Chapter: NALS of Portland
NALS State Chapter: NALS of Oregon
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Nakia Bradley-Lawson is the legal assistant to the managing partner at Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson and Howe, P.C., the Northwest’s premier family law and estate planning firm. Nakia has been with the firm for over 8 years. Prior to working at Gevurtz Menashe, she was a Judicial Assistant for three years before being promoted to serve as an Oregon Judicial Department Family Court Facilitator, a position she held for five years.
Nakia was inspired to join NALS after meeting the dynamic, intelligent and ambitious women in her local chapter. She lives by the philosophy of Richard Tirendi – “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” She believes it is important to surround herself with inspiring people, and she finds she is in the right room every time one is filled with NALS members.
Nakia is also on the Development Committee for Youth, Rights & Justice—a non-profit law firm that specializes in legislation and litigation for the benefit of Oregon’s foster children. The Development Committee’s main charge is to plan and execute the annual fundraising gala, which raised over $100,000 this year, a record for the organization! Nakia also volunteers as a personal shopper for Dress for Success—a global non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women.
When she is not at Gevurtz Menashe, working with non-profits, or at NALS events, Nakia enjoys spending time with her daughter, who she feels is her greatest contribution to the world. She believes the challenges that come with being a single mother have benefited her both professionally and personally. Nakia looks forward to the opportunity to apply the skills she has acquired throughout her career to engage, inspire, enhance, and promote legal professionals through NALS.