Posted: July 11, 2013
Diversity Corporation of the Year finalist: McGeady Sisneros PCBy Gigi Sukin
From partner to paralegal, McGeady Sisneros is a well-respected, all-woman law firm that serves a male-dominated market of commercial and residential real estate, construction, municipal finance and Colorado Special District law.
But the legal team’s community support extends far beyond the courtroom, with the organization’s ongoing charitable contributions setting a high bar for peers and competitors alike.
McGeady Sisneros extends its efforts to nonprofits such as: the Aurora Economic Development Council, the Denver Rescue Mission, HomeAid Colorado, the Mizel Museum of Judaica and more, creating a diverse and engaging list of options for its team to collectively contribute.
“What our firm supports and each of these organizations have in common is they are working to help people to independence and self-sufficiency across cultural boundaries,” said MaryAnn McGeady, a founding member of the firm established in 1988.
For instance, McGeady co-founded the Harvest of Hope in 2001, a unique interfaith and ethnically diverse fundraising event. The firm jumped on McGeady’s bandwagon by co-sponsoring, aiming to confront the causes of hunger and poverty in African villages, raise funds
“The Harvest of Hope is a fundraising nonprofit working to bring businesses and religious leaders of all cultures together that distribute the revenue raised each year to a different program in Africa, such as safe school programs, water dam projects … all the way to Colorado nonprofits.”
McGeady explained the mission of the local nonprofit focuses on reducing health and social disparity among people of color in the Denver metro area.
“To me, as a legal professional, all people deserve freedom and independence. That’s what I preach and practice every day,” said McGeady.
Though Darlene Sisneros, another founding partner, lost a long battle with breast cancer last August, she left a lasting mark on the Hispanic community.
“She was the president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association,” said McGeady. “Her interest was largely in helping people in the Hispanic community prepare to take the bar exam by setting them up with tutors and mentoring them herself. That kind of program had no precedent, but Darlene made it her business to extend her own network. That sort of commitment and contribution was a large part of the firm’s history.”
Gigi Sukin is an Associate Editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.