Mission, Background & Contacts

RISE is a group of women lawyers committed to supporting each other’s professional growth through a shared commitment to the advancement of women lawyers to becoming equity partners, general counsel, and high-ranking public officials.  We are dedicated to developing and growing a healthy book of business to increase the number of women rainmakers and equity partners.

Co-Founders Celeste and Elizabeth formed RISE to focus their business development activities and find women interested in doing the same.


Celeste Brecht is a Partner at Venable, LLP.  She is a trial lawyer, focusing on complex civil litigation.  Celeste has tried cases in both state and federal court, and has obtained successful jury verdicts for her clients.



Elizabeth Glasgow is a Partner at Venable, LLP.  She is a trust and estate attorney who provides clients with strategies for wealth preservation.  Elizabeth’s clients are both high-net worth individuals and closely-held business entities.


Steering Committee Members


Heidi Yoshioka is a Partner at Lewis Brisbois.  She is a trial attorney who focuses her practice in complex products liability, premises. and general liability litigation matters. Ms. Yoshioka has extensive experience representing clients in the food product, transportation, heavy machinery, and hospitality industries.



Mary McKelvey


Mary McKelvey is a Partner at Polsinelli.  She is recognized for her ability to coordinate key defense strategies in complex cases involving numerous defendants.  Before practicing law, Mary enjoyed a successful career in finance – designing, implementing and funding pension plans for several Fortune 500 and other companies.




Celene Chan is an associate at Kasdan Lippsmith Weber Turner LLP.  Celene oversees all aspects of federal and state litigation in trial and appellate courts.  Celene’s practice includes class actions, mass torts, construction defect, intellectual property, entertainment, personal injury and general business litigation.



Contact Information

Please contact Celeste Brecht at 310.229.9974 for general questions about RISE.  You can also send an email to rise.lawyers@gmail.com or cmbrecht@venable.com.

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