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DS News Jan 2019

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103 top 25 women of law ROSANNA HENRY Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, P.C. - Director of Compliance - Creditors' Rights Almost every company these days is a technology company, whether they realize it or not. As Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, PC began expanding its practice area beyond Texas into Arkansas and Tennessee; they looked to Rosanna Henry to lead their Compliance Department and CaseAware platform. Henry had been a practicing lawyer in Arkansas for 26 years, managing cases through foreclosure, bankruptcy, litigation, and REO/eviction. She was the architect of her firm's CaseAware platform before accepting the challenge of charting a compliance and technology course for Mackie Wolf as Director of Compliance in 2013. Henry's comprehensive industry experience and knowledge has aided the firm in remaining in front of challenging regulations and trends. She also recently achieved Tier 4 CaseAware Administrative status. An important aspect of her years' experience is the ability to mentor the firm's attorneys and team members as part of a compliance-driven firm. Henry achieved industry success by drawing on the guidance of many influential mentors. Her father was a Navy senior chief, veteran, and her first boss at a family company that taught her the importance of policy, procedures, and quality control. Her mother encouraged her to never stop learning and exemplified to her a tireless work ethic. "It just never crossed my mind that as a woman I was not capable of achieving a successful legal career. I knew my hard work and focus would get me there," she said. NUMBER OF YEARS PRACTICING LAW: 26 MARY ANN HESS Folks Hess Kass, PLLC - Managing Member - Foreclosure, Collection, Mortgage Deficiency, Default Services Litigation Mary Ann Hess, Managing Member of Folks Hess Kass, PLLC, was first exposed to the legal realm when she worked for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court as a Case Transfer Coordinator and subsequently as a legal secretary at the largest law firm in Arizona. It was these years spent honing her skills, as well as her natural disposition as a detail-oriented individual, that made her excited to take the next step and practice law herself. Hess helps her team meet the challenges of the legal landscape through diligent training. "I have worked closely with our firm's attorneys over the years to make certain that they participate in as many seminars relevant to our legal practice as possible. In addition, we conduct ongoing and aggressive in-firm training with our attorneys and staff to remain current not only on the law related to our practice but of the complex compliance and reporting requirements of our firm's clients related to topics, including protecting confidential client information, reporting consumer complaints, and other client compliance requirements," Hess said. Hess prides herself on having been able to help many litigants over the years on a pro bono basis as a court- appointed settlement judge, working to resolve their disputes on a mutually beneficial basis and often under very difficult circumstances when they could not afford costly litigation. NUMBER OF YEARS PRACTICING LAW: 25 YACENDA HUDSON Tromberg Law Group, P.A. - Managing Attorney - Real Estate, Foreclosure e ever-evolving complexity of the law and its players makes the legal field a challenging landscape to navigate. ese challenges can be even more daunting as a female attorney. "Unlike many men, when I walk into a courtroom, I am tasked with the test of proving that I belong. Many have an automatic misconceived perception that female attorneys lack the ability to zealously litigate," said Yacenda Hudson, Managing Attorney of Tromberg Law Group, P.A. "Despite the challenges, my success comes from tackling and overcoming stereotypes, working hard to ensure that I have a chair at the leadership table, and earning the respect of my professional colleagues, as well as helping other women attain success." Working her way up the ladder has been one of Hudson's greatest career accomplishments. During her tenure at Tromberg, she has moved from Junior Associate to Managing Attorney over contested files, trial, and complex litigation. "I am proud to hold such a leadership title, as the industry is still slow to progress in recognizing and promoting minorities," Hudson said. According to Hudson, it has been evident over the last few years that legal counsel has played a major role in the mortgage industry. "As counsel to lenders and servicers, legal professionals must remain updated regarding all laws and regulations that impact the mortgage industry," Hudson explained. NUMBER OF YEARS PRACTICING LAW: 14

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