President and Chief Executive Officer, Carlton Fields 

 

Gary Sasso joined Carlton Fields in 1987 and has been active in the Tampa Bay business and nonprofit communities. He received the CEO Diversity Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices in 2010 and was instrumental in the development of the LCLD Fellows Program. In the spring of 2016, Gary wrote an article for Best Lawyers magazine on ways to improve diversity in the legal profession.

Carlton Fields sees the diversity of its attorneys as a core component of firm culture. Diversity initiatives include a scholarship program for diverse law students and minority resource groups. In 2015, the firm was named the No. 2 Best Law Firm for Hispanic Attorneys and recognized as one of the top 10 firms for its percentage of minority partners. Carlton Fields was also named an LCLD Most Active Member Law Firm in 2014, 2015, and 2016. 

Joined LCLD 2009 


Highlights of LCLD Participation


Board of Directors
Member, 2011-2017

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2014)
Fellows nominated:
2017: Radha V. Bachman; 2016: Christopher O. Aird; 2015: Shaunda A. Patterson-Strachan; 2014: Penelope A. Dixon; 2013: Lori Y. Baggett; 2012: Jin Liu; 2011: Derek Harris

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2017: Justin S. Wales; 2016: Daniel Enriquez; 2015: Yolanda Strader 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2016: Eman Lemu, Thomas Rucker, Raina Shipman; 2015: Vineeta Kamath, Marisol Ruiz, Aalia Taufiq; 2014: Darnesha Carter, Sean Johnson, Dorielle Obanor; 2013: Vanessa Lopez, Ron McKenzie, Samara Shepherd, Shekida Smith, Melanie Walker; 2012: Frederic Rushing, Elizabeth Scarola

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Attendance
Annual Meeting (2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2016, 2015)


 

Member: Gary Sasso

Diversity Professional: Nancy Faggianelli

Communications: Kate Barth