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Shoko Naruo named to Lawyers of Color’s 2014 ‘Hot List’

June 24, 2014

St. Louis intellectual property associate Shoko Naruo has been named to Lawyers of Color’s Midwest Region “Hot List,” which recognizes 100 junior and mid-level lawyers of color under 40 who have excelled in their careers and show a promising future.

Midwest Region honorees will be profiled in the July 2014 issue of Lawyers Of Color and recognized at a July 14 reception in Chicago.

A selection committee composed of Lawyers of Color staff and professional advisers spent months vetting candidates either identified by Lawyers of Color or nominated by mentors, peers and colleagues.

Shoko represents clients in trademark and patent litigation, UDRP proceedings, and the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications. After majoring in law at Keio University in Tokyo, she earned her J.D. and LL.M. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. A native Japanese speaker who is also fluent in English, Shoko applies her international experience to Thompson Coburn’s international practice.

Thompson Coburn associate Wil Holtz was previous honoree of the “Hot List.”

Lawyers of Color Inc. is a media and research company and the parent company of “On Being A Black Lawyer,” “On Being A Hispanic Lawyer” and “On Being A Lawyer of Color.” The company aims to promote the causes and contributions of minority attorneys and has received recognition from the American Bar Association and the National Black Law Student Association, among other well-known organizations.