The inaugural 2020 Rising Stars list has been put together by NZ Lawyer to honour up-and-coming stars in the legal profession who are committed to making a difference. It showcases young legal practitioners making waves in the early stages of their careers. To be eligible, candidates must be aged 35 or under and have demonstrated leadership and achievement in the legal profession.
The Rising Stars list recognises individuals who have not only made incredible advancements within their own companies, but who work with charitable trusts and organisations, lead talks on diversity and inclusion, contribute thought leadership in their areas of expertise to drive the industry forward, and who mentor aspiring junior lawyers.
“Grace Thomas-Edmond is a great role model for young women in the legal profession. As senior associate in AJ Park’s commercial team, she pursues a wide-ranging practice across commercial and intellectual property (IP) matters, with a focus on the commercialisation of IP. She is highly regarded by both clients and colleagues alike and is known as a ‘safe pair of hands’ for providing practical advice to clients who are often engaged in dealing with complex licensing and contractual issues. Aside from her technical legal skills, she mentors AJ Park’s junior executives across all teams to provide guidance on developing business relationships and navigating firm life.
Grace has had a range of highlights in the past year, including advising a national radio broadcaster on their music licensing arrangements; co-leading a mental wellness initiative within AJ Park; and providing pro-bono advice to a charity called Little Sprouts, which provides life-changing baby boxes to babies in need, and to Wāhine Connect, a charity that has set up national and professional networks for New Zealand women involved in medicine and health.”
This fantastic achievement is a testament to Grace’s continuous hard work and dedication.