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.
Diverse partners serve in leadership roles within Alston & Bird as members of the Partners’ Committee, practice groups leaders, client team leaders and committee chairs. Today, six key practices are led by women or minority partners: Environmental & Land Development, Health Care, Labor & Employment, Products Liability, Real Estate Finance & Investments and REITs.
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.
- Teri Lynn McMahon, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was elected in 2011 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. 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.
- Angela Payne James, a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, is chair of the Atlanta Diversity Committee.
- Kate Moseley, a partner in the firm’s Global Finance & Debt Products Group, is chair of the Dallas Diversity Committee.
- Deborah Jones, a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Group, is co-chair of the California Diversity Committee and co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. 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 co-chair of the New York Diversity Committee.
- Emily Mao, a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group and the recipient of the firm’s 2010 Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding dedication and influential service to Alston & Bird’s long-standing diversity initiatives. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. and a former member of the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, a non-profit organization located in the District of Columbia.
- 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.
- Lisa Gilford, a partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group, is a past president of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), the largest women lawyers association in the country.
- 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.
- Beverlee Silva, a partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, is a past co-chair of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund board of directors and currently serves on their National Leadership Council.
- Jeff Swart, a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, served as past president of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and has served since 2005 as pro bono counsel to the board of AID Atlanta.
- Several attorneys hold leadership roles in local chapters of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and have participated as speakers in programs on the national level.