Chairman, BakerHostetler

During Steven Kestner’s 14 years as Chairman of BakerHostetler,the firm has grown 50 percent. He serves on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Steven also serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which oversees lateral and law school recruiting, a minority conference, marketing, and retention of diverse lawyers.

“Diversity is more than just the position one holds,” Steven wrote in the firm’s diversity brochure. “It is reflected in our culture—a culture of respect and collegiality, where inclusion is as much a part of our firm as any other element.” 

Joined LCLD 2015


Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2017: David Proaño; 2016: Mark Hatcher; 2015: S. Jeanine Conley 

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2017: Xakema L. Henderson, Sushant Mohan; 2016: Stanley Ball, Marcus McCutcheon 

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


Member: R. Steven Kestner

Diversity Professional: Dee Driscole