Why It Matters To Me!

I am excited and honored to announce that I will receive the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award during the Oklahoma Bar Association’s (“OBA”) annual Diversity Dinner Tuesday, October 15th, 2015.

This award matters to me because Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher was a key figure in  Oklahoma’s Civil Rights movement. In fact, she forever changed history when she successfully fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to become the first Black person to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

There is not enough room here to list everyone that has helped me promote legal diversity here in Oklahoma, but I must acknowledge the following people who have been instrumental in helping me spread my vision for a more diverse and inclusive legal profession and society:

  • Mia Fleming: My beautiful wife.
  • Susan R. Sharrock: My now retired longtime law partner.
  • Kathy Daniels: My former legal assistant and current business manager.
  • Excetral “Cet” Caldwell and Pam Shelton: Senior Counsel, Williams Cos.
  • Jim Bender: Retired CEO, WPX Energy, Inc.
  • Tiece Dempsey: Chair, Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Committee.
  • Selim Fiagome: Former President, Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association.
  • Melvin Hall: Senior Partner at my firm RiggsAbney.
  • Clinton Normore: Former Director of Multicultural Affairs, Oklahoma City University and current Director of Diversity at A.T. Still University.

In closing,  working to promote diversity, social justice, and equal opportunity matters to me because I strongly believe that lawyers should serve on the front lines of justice and equality in this nation!


Damario Solomon-Simmons, Esq., M.Ed.
Attorney, Riggs Abney Law Firm