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Ayanna L. Jenkins Toney, Esq. was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Howard University with a degree in psychology, Ayanna pursued and was successful at her dream of being a professional model. Ayanna Jenkins traveled all over the U.S. modeling and has appeared in several international publications. While attending law school in New York and San Francisco, Ayanna continued to model. Spurred by a passion for justice in the American judicial system, Ayanna completed her legal studies.

Her personal motto in life is “defeat is not an option.”

Award List

  • 2018 Marquis’ Who’s Who awarded ‘Who’s Who in America’
  • 2018 Solo Practitioner of The Year by California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
  • 2018 Outstanding Service Award by National Bar Association (NBA)
  • 2018 Top 10% Superb Rated Attorney, Ranked 10.0 by Avvo
  • 2018 Best Attorneys of America (Rue Rating) by Best Attorneys Group
  • 2018 Power Attorney by Power Attorneys Group
  • 2018 Top 100 Lawyers by the National Black Lawyers Association
  • 2017 Best Attorneys of America (Rue Rating)
  • 2017 Top 10% In the USA in Civil Litigation from Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017 Top 10 Family Law Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2017 Marquis’ Who’s Who awarded as an Industry Leader
  • 2017 Power Attorney by Power Attorneys Group
  • 2017 Resilient Woman of the Community by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
  • 2017 Distinguished Lawyer by the Expert Network
  • 2017 Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum by Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • 2016 10 Best Attorneys in California by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA)
  • 2016 Top 10 Ranking Under 40 by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA)
  • 2016 President’s Award by the Marin Trial Association recognition for a decade of service
  • 2016 Top 10 Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015 Top 100 Lawyers from The National Black Lawyers Association (NBLA)
  • 2013 Rising Star Top Attorney in Northern California selected by Peer recognition for professional achievement awarded by the San Francisco Magazine
  • 2012 November “Links In The Spotlight”
  • 2012 Rising Star ‘Super Lawyer’ from Excellence in Practice Group
  • 2012 Top ’40 Under 40’ Attorneys by the National Bar Association
  • 2001 CALI Award ‘Excellence for The Future’ by the Golden Gate University School of Law

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA) (Lifetime Member)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Marquis Who’s Who In America
  • Top 100 National Black Lawyers (NBL)
  • Best Attorneys of America (Lifetime Member)
  • Power Attorneys Group
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Group
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA)
  • California Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF)
  • National Black Lawyers (NBL)
  • New Leaders Council (NLA-CAOC) Leadership Institute
  • American Jurist Institute (AJI)
  • American Bar Endowment
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA)
  • Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA)
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Lawyers of Distinction Civil Litigation
  • Family Law Day of Court (FLDOC)
  • Marin County Bar Association (MCBA)
  • Howard University Alumni
  • The Links, Incorporated (Former Chapter VP of Membership)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Initiated in Alpha Chapter)
  • Jack and Jill of America (Former Chapter Parliamentarian)
  • The San Francisco Zoo Auxiliary (Parliamentarian)
  • Richard Sangster Inns of Court
  • San Francisco Inns of Court
  • Marin Trial Lawyers (Former Two Term President)
  • Marin County Women Lawyers (Past President)
  • Founder & President of the National Justice Network, a 501(c)(3) since 2013
  • Founder of the North Bay Minority Bar Coalition 2011 (Former President)
  • Charles Houston Bar Association (Lifetime Member)
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Northern California Association of Black Women Lawyers (Lifetime Member) (Former Board Member)
University
  • Howard University, Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Law School
  • Howard University School of Law 1998-1999
  • Pace University School of Law 1999
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, 2002 Juris Doctor awarded in 2002
Speaking Events
  • Moderator and Speaker at Protecting the Legacy of Tupac Shakur, presented by The Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the Barristers Club of San Francisco.
  • Speaking Moderator:  41st Annual California Assn. of Black Lawyers (CABL)
  • 2017 Moderator The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition, National Bar Association
Admitted
  • 2003, California
Birthplace
  • Atlanta, Georgia