NEW YORK (March 2012) – Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Matthew McFarlane 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. Mr. McFarlane joins a class of 134 attorneys from around the country who have been selected as LCLD Fellows for 2012.
“We are pleased Matthew was selected for this prestigious honor,” said Marla Butler, Assistant Regional Managing Partner, New York and Chair of Firm’s Diversity Committee. “This is an experience that will not only enhance his career, but expose him to many of the leaders in the legal field and broaden his skills that will in turn help our firm and clients.”
“Matthew is well-deserving of this distinction and the firm is proud to support his professional development efforts,” added Steven A. Schumeister, the firm’s Managing Partner and an LCLD member. “This program is another example of our commitment to helping our attorneys succeed by ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to advance professionally by building their networking and leadership skills.”
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.
“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.”
Mr. McFarlane is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group. He is well versed in handling the trial of intellectual property matters in a variety of industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical devices and consumer products.
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 visit: www.lcldnet.org.