Mayer Brown LLP
New York, N.Y.
Ugo Ude, a New York City-born son of Nigerian parents, moved to the forefront of legal practice in the United States when he became a partner at the prestigious law firm of Mayer Brown LLP in January. Based in New York as a core member of the firm’s corporate and securities practice, Ude earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Yale University, where he worked tirelessly to achieve diversity and inclusion in law as an active member of the Urban Improvement Corp. and the Yale African Students Association. While pursuing his Juris Doctor at Columbia University School of Law, he served as the business managing editor of the National Black Law Journal.
Ude is committed to diversity and inclusion and served two years as co-chair of Mayer Brown’s Associate Diversity Council, where diverse associates share experiences, implement diversity programs, and engage new policies for the improvement of recruitment, retention and promotion of attorneys from different cultures. He mentors the firm’s minority lawyers by staffing them on his cases, maintaining a frank line of communication, offering career advice, and helping them with culturally sensitive issues arising in the workplace. “I strive to set a good example for all young lawyers by the way I conduct myself with clients, opposing counsel and other lawyers at the firm,” he says.
Ude has performed pro bono legal work for Sharon Baptist Church, amending organizational documents. He is instrumental in the Center for Human Development and Family Services’ efforts to become a registered foster care agency in New York. Aware of the needs of his parents’ homeland, he is involved in several initiatives to raise funds for improving the water supply and food distribution systems in Nigeria. “My principal role has been coordinating events to raise funds in support of improving the standard of living in Nigeria,” he says.