Juanita is a licensed attorney with 17 years of experience. She received the Attorney For Justice Award from the Supreme Court of Tennessee in 2018; was recognized in the Dai’namic Women series in 2017; was awarded the Up and Coming Leadership in Law Award in 2007; was named Top 40 under 40 in 2004.
As an advocate for young girls and women, Juanita travels internationally speaking on various topics regarding female empowerment and self-worth; delivering motivational messages to women and children throughout the US, Europe & the UK.
She is the first African-American woman to compete and win the title of Mrs. Indiana United States in 2007 and has since gone on to compete and become the first African-American Ms. World International 2012, Mrs. Great Britain World 2011, Mrs. UK Universe 2013 and Mrs. UK International 2014 (placing Top 3 at Nationals).
Madame Noir acknowledged her as one of the Top 7 Black Women in Pageantry to turn Beauty into Business along with Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, and Vanessa Williams.
Juanita uses her legal skills, philanthropic passion, business tenacity, and impeccable style as the Founder and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Dress For Success Greater London, an organization that helps disadvantaged women become economically independent by styling them and giving them interview attire, career training, and on-going support. As a recognized Fashion Philanthropist, she skillfully uses fashion to empower women to succeed and thrive.
She is also the creator of the Power of Women Celebration with Dress For Success Greater London which takes place annually during International Women’s Day in London and consists of an awards ceremony highlighting the achievements of inspirational women leaders; as well as a panel discuss of issues addressing women in the workplace.
Legal & Business Experience
-President & Founder - PURPOSE Productions (Non-Profit) - Carmel, Indiana/ Taipei, Taiwan
-Assistant General Counsel, Global Supply Chain, Real Estate & Operations– Allegion PLC - Carmel, Indiana
-Owner & Principal - Ingram Legal Services (2015 -2017)
-General Counsel, Founder, & Interim CEO – Dress for Success Greater London (Non-Profit)- London, England
-Procurement Executive (Commercial Contracts Advisor) – Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company – London (Basingstoke), England
-Global Supply Chain, & Real Estate Counsel- Rolls-Royce North America – Indiana
- Staff Attorney, Real Estate, Legal Development – Simon Property Group – Indiana
-Butler University – Adjunct Professor of Business Law, Indiana
-Legal Counsel and Personnel Chair: Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition (Non-Profit)
-Associate Attorney (Real Estate Practice Group) – Bose, McKinney & Evans – Indiana
-Associate Attorney (Business, Real Estate, Bond, & Non-Profit Practice Groups) – Miller & Martin PLLC – Tennessee
-Judicial Law Clerk: Chancery Court: The Honorable Walter L. Evans Sr. – Memphis, Tennessee
-Legal Clerkship - International Paper - Memphis, Tennessee
-Legal Clerkship - Chubb Insurance - New Jersey
Bar Admittance: Tennessee and Indiana
Law School: University of Memphis – JD 2002
MBA: University of Memphis -Business Law 2002
Undergraduate: Tennessee State University – Accounting 1999
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Commercial (UCC) Contract Law
Real Estate Law
Awards | recognition | Memberships
Attorney for Justice Award - Supreme Court of Tennnessee
Certificate in Commercial Contract Drafting – Central Training London
Awarded Leadership in Law “Up & Coming Lawyer” Award by the Indiana Lawyer 2007
Awarded Top “40 under 40” 2004 Chattanooga Times Freepress
Leadership Chattanooga Alumni
Member: Christian Legal Society, American Bar Association, The Links Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
National Bar Association: “Common Commercial Lease Considerations”, Commercial Law Section Newsletter (Winter 2007).
Halfmoon, LLC: “Real Estate Basics: The Fundamentals of Easements and Title Insurance” – Continuing Legal Education Course (2006) [instructor].
Commercial Network Magazine: “Basic Considerations for Investing in Real Estate”, January 2005, Vol.4 No.9 (pg. 34-35).
Tennessee Practice & Procedure: “Taxpayer Standing in Tennessee: Challenging the Illegal Use of Public Funds”, 4 Tenn. J. Proc. 5, Summer 2002.