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Diversity in Action


Alston & Bird has been a leader in law firm diversity for many years, paving the way with groundbreaking initiatives and programs to recruit, retain, mentor and promote diversity in our own firm and in the industry as a whole.

Firm Leadership

Diverse partners serve in leadership roles within Alston & Bird as members of the Partners’ Committee, practice groups leaders, client team leaders and committee chairs.

In addition to having top-notch diverse lawyers working on the most complex matters in today’s legal climate, minority and women partners continue to serve in leadership roles within Alston & Bird and on national and regional diversity bars and organizations, including:

  • Donna Bergeson, a partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, served as immediate past chair of the Partners’ Committee
  • Mary Gill, a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group, was elected in 2015 to serve on the Partners’ Committee
  • Janine Brown, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, is the firm’s partner-in-charge of the Atlanta office and co-chair of the Atlanta Diversity Committee. Janine also serves on the board of trustees at Spelman College and the board of directors of Georgia Justice Project. 
  • Liz Price, the firm’s Professional Personnel Partner, is past president of the Atlanta Bar Association.   
  • Deborah Jones, a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Group, is co-chair of the California Diversity Committee. Deborah also serves on the board of directors for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family and is the president of the Asian Business League of Southern California.
  • Jesse Jauregui, a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, is co-chair of the California Diversity Committee. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Mexican American Bar Foundation and has previously served as president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Mexican-American Education Commission, as legal counsel to the Latin Business Association, and as a board director of the Mexican American Bar Association. 
  • James Sullivan, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, is chair of the New York Diversity Committee. 
  • Diversity partner John Latham, who is also a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group, is the immediate past chair of the board of trustees of the American Institute for Managing Diversity and still serves on its board. Founded in 1984, AIMD is a nonprofit diversity think tank providing strategies, educational programs and materials on diversity and diversity management. Alston & Bird played an instrumental role in establishing the organization.   
  • Lawrie Demorest, a partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group, serves on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and co-chaired the board of the Human Rights Campaign from 2005 – 2007. She is also an at-large board member of the National LGBT Bar Foundation. 
  • Derin Dickerson, a partner in the firm's Litigation & Trial Group, is co-chair of the Atlanta Diversity Committee.
  • Ted Kang, a partner in the firm's Litigation & Trial Group, is co-chair of the Washington, D.C. Diversity Committee.
  • Rick McDermott, a partner in the firm's IP Litigation Group, is chair of the Charlotte Diversity Committee.
  • Elizabeth Sperling, a partner in the firm's Litigation & Trial Group, is co-chair of the Los Angeles Diversity Committee.
  • Tara Castillo, a partner in the firm's Finance Group, is co-chair of the Washington, D.C. Women's Initiative Committee.