Squire Patton Boggs has announced its selection for the 2020 Class of Fellows and Pathfinders, who will participate in programs created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Cleveland partner Marques P.D. Richeson has been named a Fellow, with Miami associate Amanda E. Preston and Columbus associate India K. Scarver selected for the Pathfinder Program. Los Angeles partner Marisol C. Mork, who was a 2019 LCLD Fellow, will serve as the Pathfinder Facilitator.
The LCLD’s landmark Fellows Program works by identifying high-potential lawyers from diverse backgrounds and setting them on the path to leadership of their organizations. Participants will engage in a “year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership and the best teachers in the business.”
A 2020 Fellow, Mr. Richeson handles significant, bet-the-company litigation, representing clients in federal and state courts throughout the country, at both the trial and appellate levels. His areas of expertise include complex commercial litigation, mass tort and products liability litigation. Mr. Richeson is also very active in the community and in pro bono efforts, representing individuals in clemency, death penalty and innocence cases, and serving on the boards of The Cleveland Ballet, LAND Studio, HELP Foundation, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, American Constitution Society and the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation. Mr. Richeson has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Rising Star among area litigators, and was named on the “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Launched five years ago, the Pathfinder Program is designed to train high-performing, early career lawyers in critical career development strategies, including leadership and the building of professional networks. Ms. Preston is a litigator whose practice focuses on defending claims against medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Ms. Preston also maintains an active practice in complex business, construction and personal injury litigation. Ms. Scarver provides guidance on a wide range of data privacy and cybersecurity issues facing clients handling personal data. She works with businesses in the retail, manufacturing, media and entertainment, automotive and healthcare industries, as well as organizations in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Scarver also contributes regularly to the practice’s blog, Security & Privacy // Bytes, and the firm’s Reinsurance Newsletter.
As a Pathfinder Facilitator, Ms. Mork will play an essential role to the 2020 Pathfinders and serve as a mentor and resource from a logistical, experiential and cultural perspective. Ms. Mork’s practice spans a variety of intellectual property, complex litigation, including class actions, and labor and employment matters in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration. Her litigation practice emphasizes false advertising, trademark and unfair competition claims.
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program, which has trained more than 1,600 mid-career lawyers since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. For more information, visit the LCLD website.