Shook Partner Salcedo Selected as One of 20 Nationwide for MCCA Rising Stars

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) selected Shook Partner Maria Salcedo as an MCCA Rising Star, one of only 20 attorneys nationwide to receive the award this year. Salcedo will be recognized at the “Creating Pathways to Diversity Virtual Conference,” October 27.

The annual list features diverse attorneys whose legal accomplishments and dedication to their communities are seen as extraordinary. Eligibility requires a minimum of eight years practicing law, showing an outstanding achievement and leadership in the legal profession and a demonstration of a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, community service and pro bono work.

Salcedo’s practice focuses on representing companies in individual and complex product liability cases and product recalls, and she has served on more than 11 trial teams that have consistently achieved positive results for clients. A speaker of fluent Spanish, Salcedo has handled multinational product recalls for a major U.S. consumer goods manufacturer, including matters in Latin America, the Caribbean and Australia. She has served as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Kansas City, is a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow and received the President’s Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. She serves on the Education Awareness Subcommittee of Shook’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is an Executive Board member and secretary for Citizens of the World Charter School in Kansas City. 

Salcedo is active in pro bono work and most recently represented a client through the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel in a criminal matter involving allegations of first-degree felony assault, obtaining a favorable plea agreement for her client. Salcedo also represents parents and children in family court, particularly in child abuse and neglect cases.

The MCCA is committed to advancing the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers in law departments and law firms by providing research, best practices, professional development and training and through pipeline initiatives.