Ronda Lee - Johnnie Cochran - Willie Gary


RONDA L. LEE is an attorney and arbitrator from Chicago with exceptionally broad experience in law, business, education and government. Always seeking to learn from the best, she worked with litigation giants Johnnie Cochran and Willie Gary on a misappropriation of trade secret trial against a major entertainment conglomerate. The trial ended in $240 million verdict in their client’s favor. Her business and management audit experience gives her a vital edge in cutting to the core of policy and legal tangles. Her legal experience is complemented by honed analytical skills which have been demonstrated in her success in business management, arbitration and legal solutions. In short, she has proven that she gets things done by understanding the big picture, analysis of key factors, and coming up with practical solutions.

Ronda’s passion is education access. She believes a quality education is a birthright not a privilege, regardless of social or economic status. She has taught rhetoric at the University of Illinois, reaching out to at risk freshmen. Her teaching style was adopted as a model for graduate teaching assistants. Her commitment to education is demonstrated in her pro bono, mentoring and community involvement. She also mentored teens in college and career preparation.

Ronda is an experienced writer who communicates in a sprightly and clear fashion so that people from diverse backgrounds and education can clearly comprehend her meaning. In 2011, she moved to NYC to pursue writing full-time. She started Ronda-isms: Good Bad & Ugly to further refine her writing skills. She is a freelance writer and became a member of The Huffington Post blogger family where she writes on a variety of topics from women’s issues, politics, education, entertainment, and fashion. Several of her articles have been featured posts. Her writing motto is: “When a writer or an artist tries to tell the truth and tries to tell it eloquently, it appeals to all people, regardless of race.” -Maya Angelou

New York brought out her inner entrepreneur. Ronda launched Auntie Ronda’s Snack Mix LLC. The snacks were a holiday tradition as a Christmas treat for family and friends. NYC locals kept saying, “You should sell this.” Auntie Ronda’s Snack Mix launched featuring Original, Tropical, Spicy, and Chocolate.

Ronda’s motto in life is that failure is an option and it is okay, just keep on trying. Failure is the breeding ground for success if you are willing to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. You have to be willing to be the man in the arena “who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large for Vogue, said that my article on him was “one of the finest pitched profiles ever in life…brilliant…marvelous talent of wordsmithing.”

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