O'Melveny's Lazatin Named a 2014 LCLD Fellow


Julie Fei
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LOS ANGELES ─ MARCH 4, 2014 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP is proud to announce that Carlos Lazatin has been selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization made up of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners.

Lazatin, a Los Angeles-based partner in the Class Actions, Mass Torts, and Insurance Litigation group and the Intellectual Property and Technology group, joins a class of more than 170 attorneys from around the country who have been selected as LCLD Fellows for 2014—the largest class in the program’s history.

“Increasing and promoting diversity throughout the legal industry is a key priority of O’Melveny’s and a business imperative for many of our clients,” said Lazatin, who served as chair of the Associate and Counsel Advisory Committee in Los Angeles.  “I’m honored to be part of an organization that has the sole purpose of furthering that goal.”

Launched in 2011, the LCLD Fellows program is an ambitious, highly structured initiative built to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation’s law firms and corporate legal departments.  Over the course of the year-long program, participants will be challenged to improve their professional brand, build relationships that enhance professional development, participate in corporate learning experiences, and sharpen stewardship and leadership skills.

“Our Fellows program is a unique learning experience designed to empower a new generation of lawyers,” said Brad Smith, LCLD Chair and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation.  “These talented individuals have been singled out for leadership by their organizations, and represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds that are as diverse as the country they serve.”

With 215 members, LCLD is a national organization made up of the general counsel and managing partners of the leading corporations and law firms in the country.  The Fellows initiative is one of several launched by LCLD since the organization’s founding in 2009.  Other programs include a national mentoring initiative serving more than 2,000 mentors and mentees, a 1L Scholars program involving more than 200 first-year law students, and special programming for members through CLE presentations and other platforms.

“We’re lucky to have an extraordinarily focused and committed membership,” said Robert Grey, Executive Director of LCLD.  “All of us are eager for results and will persist until we see real changes in the makeup of the leadership of the profession.”

About O’Melveny & Myers LLP
With approximately 800 lawyers in 16 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy.  We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.  Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession.  For more information, please visit www.omm.com  

About Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Formed in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is made up of the general counsels of the nation’s preeminent corporations and of the managing partners of the nation’s leading law firms.  For more information on the LCLD, please contact joe.slay@slaycommunications.com  or visit: www.lcldnet.org