Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Astellas US LLC


Linda Friedman joined Fujisawa USA, Inc. in 1993, where she served in various positions until the company merged to form Astellas in 2005. She is a member of the Astellas US Senior Executive Committee and works closely with colleagues around the world, particularly in Japan and in Europe. Linda also uses to her work as an opportunity to be a role model and advocate for women.

“I think there are still challenges for women, but the opportunity to make things happen is there," she said in an interview with Law360. "And you have to make it happen. I’m very passionate about what I do. I think health care is great area for women to get into.” 

Astellas US has a supplier diversity program and received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. 

Joined LCLD 2011


Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2018: Angela L. Malzahn, Catherine Kim; 2017: Soumitra DekaYu Otosaka; 2016: David Cole, Kathryn Ann Leaman; 2015: Ellen Papadakis, Morgan Moran; 2014: Allyson R. Behm, Kimberly S. Kam 


Member: Linda Friedman

Diversity Professional: Rod Christmon