Our Values

Glenn Agre has three core values.

First, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion—and that starts at the top of the firm. With women and lawyers of color represented and active from the beginning, Glenn Agre demonstrates the truth that diverse perspectives lead to better outcomes.

Second, we are committed to public service. We understand that as lawyers, we occupy a place of privilege in society. In turn, we recognize an imperative to contribute our time, talents, and resources to the public good—including advocacy for the causes most important to us.

Third, we embrace our obligations as professionals. That includes the duty to act ethically towards colleagues, clients, and the courts. As we understand professionalism, it also includes a duty to respect, mentor, and actively support the development of fellow lawyers at Glenn Agre.

Each of these values is central to the character of our firm. Each of these values makes us better lawyers and helps us win for clients. Each of these values makes us far greater than we would be without them. 

How We Act on Them

Hiring:

More than half of our lawyers are women, ethnically diverse, or identify as LGBTQ+.

Giving:

Through pro bono efforts and charitable donations, we support causes aligned with our commitment to DEI and other firm values.

Leadership:

The emphasis we place on lawyer development is built into the structure of our firm. It actively encourages young lawyers to contribute meaningfully to the matters they collaborate in handling, while ensuring they receive ample case and career guidance from mentoring lawyers.

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Meet Olga Lucia Fuentes-Skinner

Olga Lucia Fuentes-Skinner is a 20-year veteran of New York’s top firms, earning a reputation as a leading commercial and white-collar litigator while building a diverse pro bono practice that reflects her own upbringing. Growing up as one of the few students of color in her class, Olga gravitated toward the lessons of the civil rights movement and the idea that with decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, people could change unjust laws and new laws could transform millions of lives for the better.

She has carried that understanding with her throughout her career as a leader in the courtroom and a groundbreaker for the Latino legal community. It has animated all of her pro bono work and kept her steady on her course to help women and minorities achieve success and leadership positions at law firms where those communities have been historically underrepresented in the partnership and executive ranks. Now operating from a firm with her name on the door, Olga offers a more inclusive ladder to those coming up the ranks behind her.

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Pro Bono

We are committed to using our privileged status atop the legal profession to advance the causes we believe in and benefit those in need. In selecting the matters to which we devote our time and talents pro bono, we look for those in which we can exercise our unique skills and have maximum positive impact. Examples of such matters include:

  • Assisting family members of five cyclists killed in December 2020 when a box truck slammed into them on the shoulder of a highway just outside Las Vegas. We explained and discussed with them various stages of related criminal proceedings, helped prepare and present their victim impact statement, and attended the two-day sentencing hearing in the Las Vegas Superior Court. The judge sentenced the defendant to the maximum sentence.
  • Representation of a Mexican immigrant whose conviction on drug charges, based on a guilty plea, placed him at risk of deportation. We obtained an order vacating the conviction on the basis that the client’s prior attorney failed to advise him that his guilty plea would impact his application for asylum. Our client faced a credible threat of violence in Mexico due to his sexual orientation, but after we obtained the order vacating the conviction, our client was able to avoid deportation hearings.
  • Representation of a woman entrepreneur whose dreams of opening her own dance studio were threatened by a failed business deal. We secured a favorable ruling in an arbitration with her former business partner over an investment she made with a Small Business Administration loan. The ruling allowed our client to continue training to become a master instructor and, one day, open her own studio.
  • Advocacy in numerous matters for access to a free and appropriate public education for special education students in New York City.
  • Representation of a graduate of the Naval Academy and current reserve officer in preventing the filing of assault and battery charges following his arrest for what was determined to be a case of self-defense.
  • Representation of an individual incarcerated for first-degree murder in what authorities claimed was a gang-related shooting. Glenn Agre assisted in evidentiary hearings, presenting evidence of the individual’s actual innocence in an apparent case of mistaken identity. The matter is currently pending appeal before Ninth Circuit.
  • Representation of a cancer patient’s husband, who potentially faced criminal charges stemming from an emotionally charged interaction with hospital staff while his wife was receiving chemotherapy treatment. No charges were ultimately filed.
  • Representation of a Bay Area nonprofit, advising the company on potential legal risks and liabilities concerning the nonprofit’s hiring decisions.

Through successes like these, we achieve the profound professional satisfaction of making our world greater than it might otherwise be.

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JEWEL TEWIAH | Bio

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

I enjoy the sophisticated nature of my practice. I’m constantly analyzing complex issues that typically require me to think outside of the box. This makes practice exciting for me, and the dull moments are few and far between.

What are you most proud of professionally?

I’m proud to say that I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate from a professional school. This means a lot to me because I am a first-generation immigrant who comes from a working-class background. My parents instilled in me, among other things, the value of hard work and I can attest that it pays off.

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NAZNEN RAHMAN | Bio

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

I like that bankruptcy litigation is a streamlined and expedited process. From my experience, things move very quickly. As a result, it offers junior associates the opportunity to be in the courtroom early in their careers.

What advice do you have for women starting their legal careers?

Have confidence in your own abilities and don’t feel reluctant to talk about your successes.

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GEORGE SANTIAGO | Bio

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

What I most enjoy is that we get to reinvent ourselves and engineer a tailored approach with each case we take on. I truly enjoy the process of mastering the facts presented by our clients’ challenges, researching and analyzing the law that supports their goals, and providing a sophisticated solution. Simply put, it never gets old.  

What are you most proud of professionally?

I am most proud of my growth as an advocate. My colleagues have encouraged me to take ownership of my cases and to think strategically and creatively to advance our clients’ goals. Their support has helped me to evolve from a first-year associate to a place where I can confidently confront our clients problems head-on. 

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MARISSA MILLER | Bio

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

I get to work on interesting and complex matters with colleagues who are both brilliant lawyers and good people. 

Who is someone who helped you get where you are today? 

My partner, mentor, and good friend, Olga Lucia Fuentes-Skinner. Olga has helped me develop into the litigator I am today, while showing me that it is possible to be both a dedicated professional and mother to my two girls.