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Karyna Armstrong Receives “Diverse Lawyers Making a Difference” Award

McDonald Carano congratulates Karyna Armstrong on receiving a “Diverse Lawyers Making a Difference” award from Profiles in Diversity Journal. Karyna is one of only 11 award recipients across the U.S. This recognition “showcases diverse attorneys who are committed to diversifying their field and making a difference for clients, colleagues, and communities.” We congratulate Karyna on receiving this national recognition. Karyna’s leadership at McDonald Carano includes serving as a Vice-Chair of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, her leadership in the legal profession includes serving as a Board member of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association (an association for predominately African-American legal professionals), and her leadership in the community includes serving as a Board member of Family 2 Family Connection.

The 2023 Q4 edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal® includes a Q&A with each winner about their experiences, insights, and words of advice. Karyna’s Q&A is provided below, available here as a PDF, and here on page 92 in the online publication.

Words you live by

Always stay true to yourself, and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.

Your personal hero

My parents

Book you are reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Jane Sherron De Hart

Your first job

Childcare provider at a fitness gym

Favorite Charity

The Loveland Foundation

Your interests/hobbies

Traveling, baking, and hiking

Your Family

Two brothers, the best parents, and an abundance of love from all other family members

What is the best advice you ever received?

I still hear my Mom’s voice, “Don’t give up too fast or when it gets hard because meaningful moments happen after you weather the storm. That’s when breakthroughs come.” “But what happens then?” I asked. “You appreciate how far you’ve come,” my Dad chimed in, and then they both said “And you keep going.” This is the best advice I have ever received.

It was hard leaving my family in Nevada and moving to Florida by myself to obtain a master’s degree and finish my last collegiate year of hammer throw competition. There were many times I wanted to give up and go back home, but I kept going. My parents were right — earning my master’s degree, returning to Nevada to be with my family, and starting law school were meaningful breakthrough moments. Unfortunately, after only one semester of law school the world shut down due to COVID-19, but I kept going and completed law school online and a semester early. The next painful storm was my Mom unexpectedly passing away during my last semester of law school. She wasn’t at graduation to see me accomplish my goals, but after I walked across the stage to accept my diploma I knew I had to keep going. I gave it my all, passed the bar, and became an attorney at McDonald Carano. 

I keep going because I have learned that it lifts you up, helps you discover the strength of your convictions, and hones the determination in your mind. It helps you define what matters to you, claim your life as your own, and show up more fully for yourself and others. You can’t keep going if you don’t know who you are and what you stand for. If you keep going you can do more and be more, and you will experience that success is measured both by what you achieve and overcome — for yourself and for others. 

You must keep going to make a difference, but be ready to commit the time.

  • I have chosen to mentor diverse law students to help them keep going
  • I speak on panels about breaking diversity barriers to help the cause keep going
  • My law firm received the Nevada State Bar’s first Partner in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion award and I am a vice-chair of our DEI Committee because I want to help my firm keep going.
  • I am a Board member of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association (for predominantly African-American legal professionals) so I can help the legal profession keep going.

Life happens when you keep going. Get through the hard times, experience meaningful moments, appreciate how far you’ve come – and then follow my parents’ advice and keep going.

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