Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been selected to participate in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) programs for 2023. Partner Elizabeth Zamora Meraz has been named to the 2023 class of LCLD Fellows, and associates Kate Letcher and Sebastian Torres-Rodriguez have been selected to participate in the 2023 LCLD Pathfinder Program.
LCLD comprises more than 400 members serving as either general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation’s leading law firms. LCLD members lead by example, take action, and challenge the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership. Nixon Peabody has been an LCLD member firm since 2016.
The LCLD Fellows Program is an intensive, yearlong professional development program designed for lawyers with eight to 15 years of experience, providing them with leadership training, relationship-building opportunities, and mentorship from some of the nation’s leading general counsel and managing partners. The LCLD Pathfinder Program is a seven-month program designed for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys, providing them with practical tools for developing internal professional networks through relationship-building skills, foundational leadership skills, and career development strategies for both in-house and law firm practice.
“In addition to being excellent attorneys, Elizabeth, Kate, and Sebastian are well-positioned to be ambassadors for change, advancing our efforts to build a firm that reflects our colleagues, clients, and communities,” said Rekha Chiruvolu, Nixon Peabody Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. “They also have the benefit of learning from our firm’s 2022 participants: Pierce Haesung Han, Jéna Grady, and Shaziah Singh.”
Based in the firm’s Chicago office, Elizabeth Zamora Meraz is a partner in the firm’s Complex Disputes practice, who also co-leads the firm’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation team. She represents healthcare companies, financial institutions, and other limited liability companies in a wide range of disputes and litigation in both federal and state courts and arbitration. Elizabeth earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she currently serves as co-chair of La Alianza, a student-run organization composed of Latinx and Latin American law students.
Also based in Chicago, Kate Letcher is an associate in the firm’s Complex Disputes practice. She represents clients from a diverse range of industries in a variety of litigation matters in both state and federal courts, including breach of contract, business torts, insurance coverage and defense, and professional liability. Kate serves as vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Women Business and Commercial Advocates Committee. She is also a member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago.
Sebastian Torres-Rodriguez is an associate in the firm’s Project Finance and Public Finance practice, based in Nixon Peabody’s New York City office. He represents issuers, underwriters, and borrowers on a variety of public and project finance transactions. Sebastian previously worked as a senior legal advisor to the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF) and represented the Government of Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities on public finance and municipal debt restructuring matters related to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act.
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