O’Melveny’s Vergara Named 2012 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

April 09, 2012



Julie Fei                                                              

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O’Melveny & Myers LLP is proud to announce that Catalina Vergara has been selected for the 2012 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization made up of the legal profession’s top general counsels and managing partners.


“Catalina Vergara possesses all the impressive criteria required to be an LCLD fellow,” said Mary Ellen Connerty, director of Diversity and Inclusion at O’Melveny & Myers. “In addition to what she will gain for her own development, we look forward to the key learnings and insights that Catalina will bring back to the Firm to help us continue to build our diverse talent at the leadership level.”


Vergara, a Class Actions, Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation partner in the Los Angeles office, joins a class of 134 attorneys from around the country who have been selected as LCLD Fellows for 2012. The previous year’s class of 118, including O’Melveny partner Sean Monroe, recently graduated. O'Melveny’s former chair Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. is a charter member of LCLD’s Board of Directors.


“I am proud to be a founding member of an organization that is dedicated to improving the level of diversity within the legal community,” Culvahouse said. “Catalina will well represent the goals and values of O’Melveny, which has had a long-standing interest in and commitment to making our profession more diverse and inclusive.”


LCLD’s Fellowship program was developed under the leadership of LCLD Talent Development Committee Chair Greg Jordan, managing partner of ReedSmith, and committee vice chair Geoff Kelly, former general counsel for Coca-Cola.


“Both of these classes represent some of the most outstanding talent in the legal profession,” said Rick Palmore, LCLD chair and general counsel for General Mills. “They have been selected by the managing partners and general counsel of the law firms and corporate legal departments that they serve, so it is a particular honor.”


“These talented individuals, already recognized within their own organizations, have spent an unparalleled year of professional development,” said Robert Grey, executive director of the LCLD. “The program is unique in the nation, focusing on increasing the success factors for the participants and the roles they play in our member organizations.”


The Fellows Program is one of several initiatives launched by LCLD since the organization’s creation in 2009. LCLD has also developed innovative programs to address “pipeline” issues that face the profession, encouraging minorities and women to enter the law and supplying programs to increase their likelihood of success in law school and beyond. The organization is hosting its first meeting of 2012 on April 17 in New York, which will be co-hosted by Culvahouse, Palmore, ALM Editor-in-Chief Aric Press, and Sandra Leung, General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb.


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

With approximately 800 lawyers in 15 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