The LCLD Board of Directors is a hands-on group of committed Members whose responsibilities include the long-range vision of LCLD.
Ellen Dwyer is Chair of the Executive Committee at Crowell & Moring LLP. In 2012, she was named one of America’s most innovative managing partners, in part for increasing the numbers of women and minorities in leadership positions at her firm. Her initiatives included a sponsorship program that pairs young lawyers with partners for mentoring and professional development.
Ellen serves on Crowell & Moring's Management Board. She is also a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and represents employers on a variety of employment matters. Part of her work includes providing training to her clients on employment issues like diversity and sexual harassment.
Ellen is a fellow of the American Bar Association and director of the nonprofit Focus on the Children. She graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School with a J.D. in 1985 and received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1982.
Kim M. Rivera
Kim M. Rivera is the President, Strategy and Business Management and Chief Legal Officer for HP Inc. In this role, she manages the worldwide legal department, responsible for all aspects of legal, government affairs, compliance, and ethics.
Kim has more than 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on significant corporate transactions, governance matters, securities, compliance, risk management, audit, and litigation matters.
Most recently, Kim served as the chief legal officer and corporate secretary for DaVita HealthCare Partners, a Global Fortune 250 healthcare services company. Previously, Kim was the chief compliance officer and head of International Legal Services at The Clorox Company, where she also oversaw labor and employment counseling and litigation. Before joining Clorox, Kim served as chief litigation counsel for Rockwell Automation as well as general counsel for its $2B Automation Controls and Information Group.
Kim is passionate about giving back to the community. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including the California Latino Community Foundation and the Denver Metro Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Kim is a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion in corporations and the legal profession, with emphasis on women in leadership.
Kim is based in Palo Alto, California.
Immediate Past Chair
Laura Stein serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, of The Clorox Company, with responsibility for the company's worldwide legal ethics and compliance, corporate secretary, corporate communications, crisis management, risk management, and internal audit matters. Laura also serves on the Clorox executive committee, chairs the Clorox women's employee resource group, co-sponsors the company's social responsibility and enterprise programs, and works closely with Clorox's board of directors on governance matters.
In addition to her service on the Board of LCLD, Laura is a director of Franklin Resources, Inc., and was previously a director of Nash Finch Company. Stein is co-chair of the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board, and serves on the board of Equal Justice Works. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Association of General Counsel and the ACC Value Challenge Steering Committee. She is special advisor to the ABA Asia Rule of Law Initiative and serves on the ABA CEELI Council. Stein participates in the Diversity and Flexibility Connection of the Project for Attorney Retention.
Previously, Laura was chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and the ABA Asia Rule of Law Initiative; vice-chair of the East Bay Community Law Center; co-chair of the General Counsel Committee of the ABA Business Law Section; and a director of Global Education Partnership, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She also served on the advisory boards of ABA DirectWomen, the ABA Center for Human Rights, and the LexMundi Foundation, and on the State Bar of California Task Force on Lawyer Support for Legal Services and the ABA Section of International Law Council.
Laura received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she earned her undergraduate and master's degrees.
Laura has received the Legal Momentum Women of Achievement Award, the Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award, the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award, and the Corporate Board Member America's Top General Counsel Recognition Award. The National Law Journal has named Stein as one of the 20 most influential general counsel in America. The Harvard Law Bulletin has highlighted Stein as one of 50 alumnae who "have used their law degree to take them to extraordinary places." She has been named one of the Bay Area's Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and was previously named one of Pennsylvania's Best Women in Business by the state's governor.
Laura speaks six languages and has lived in China and Italy. She and her husband Mark Conrad are the proud parents of Amanda and Christopher.
Founding Chair Emeritus
Roderick A. (Rick) Palmore is a Senior Counsel at Dentons. With nearly 20 years of experience serving as a general counsel, including the role at General Mills from 2008 to 2015, and as a public company director, Rick advises public and private corporations and their leadership suites on risk management and governance issues across practices and industry sectors. He focuses on issues such as regulation, internal investigations, board responsibilities and performance, due diligence, litigation, brand protection, advertising, marketing, and labeling.
Rick also is a nationally recognized advocate for diversity in the legal industry. He is the author of A Call to Action: Diversity in the Legal Profession, a legal industry manifesto urging general counsel to drive diversity by demanding results in the law firms with which they work as well as in their departments. The initiative later grew into the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a collaboration between general counsel and managing partners, which was formed in May 2009 and now includes more than 225 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners. Rick was the founding chair of the LCLD and continues to serve on its executive committee.
From 1996 to 2008, Rick was an executive and counsel at Sara Lee Corporation, where he was general counsel from 1999 to 2008; he ultimately held the titles of executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary for the consumer food giant from 2004 to 2008. Rick was executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance and risk management officer of General Mills Inc. from 2008 to 2015.
Rick received the Corporate Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association in 2007, the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in 2006, the Scales of Justice Award from the Equal Justice Works Foundation in 2005, and the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2003. He also has been recognized by The National Law Journal, Inside Counsel magazine, and Corporate Board Member magazine as one of the most influential general counsel in America.
Rick attended Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Ben is Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a 100-lawyer firm focused on environmental, sustainability, and natural resource law and litigation. He serves as lead counsel in several complex litigation matters for major corporations and developers, and represents cities and local government agencies on Clean Water Act enforcement, wetlands development, Superfund, and Environmental Justice matters.
An ardent advocate for diversity and inclusion, Wilson received a 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and a 2013 Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award from the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. In 2012 and 2013, Wilson was named as a Top 100 Black Attorney by On Being A Black Lawyer. In 2012, Wilson established the African American General Counsel and Managing Partners Network. In 2008, Wilson founded the Diverse Partners Network.
Wilson graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College (A.B., History, 1973) and from Harvard Law School (J.D., 1976). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University School of Law.
Eric J. Friedman has served as Skadden's Executive Partner since 2009. Under his leadership, Skadden has been the only firm to be named one of the nation's two most innovative law firms in the Financial Times' "U.S. Innovative Lawyers" Report for each of the five years the report has been published.
Eric has been involved in a number of significant transactions in the financial services industry. For example, he has represented Citigroup Inc. in many of its most important M&A deals over the past decade. He is also experienced in matters involving financial exchanges. He represented The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in its initial public offering and its acquisition of the Nordic exchange operator OMX and the related sale of a 19.9 percent interest in NASDAQ to Borse Dubai; and the New York Mercantile Exchange in its sale of a 10 percent stake to General Atlantic Partners, and its initial public offering.
As Executive Partner, Eric has reinforced Skadden’s long-standing commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff. In recognition of Skadden’s diversity, inclusion and public service efforts, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund presented Skadden with its first-ever Law Firm of the Year Award in 2011. In 2012, Eric received a Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association in recognition of his commitment to initiating and sustaining change at Skadden.
In 2011, The National Law Journal acknowledged Eric's accomplishments since becoming Skadden’s Executive Partner by naming him as one of its three “Most Influential” law firm leaders. He has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and the Directorship 100. Under his leadership, Skadden ranked as a top firm in the Financial Times’ “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” Report (2010 and 2011).
Vice President - At Large
Sharon Barner is Vice-President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Cummins Inc., reporting to the CEO. She is responsible for global legal matters, including support of strategic corporate initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory, and compliance issues.
Prior to joining Cummins, she served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where she was responsible for leading agency operations and managing a budget of over $2 billion and 10,000 employees. She led numerous foreign missions to meet with leaders in government, academia, and industry to raise awareness about the impact of intellectual property on business and innovation.
Sharon also enjoyed a distinguished career at Foley & Lardner, a global law firm, where she was a Partner (1996-2009, 2011), a member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee (2003 –2009), and Chair of the Intellectual Property Department (2006-2009).
She earned her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in psychology from Syracuse University. She has served on public and private boards including Walker Innovations (NYSE), Association of Corporate Counsel, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, and Just the Beginning Foundation (a pipeline organization).
Vice President - At Large
Alan Braverman is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Walt Disney Company. As chief legal officer, he oversees the attorneys and practices of an international legal department. Alan also oversees the company's pro bono practice, which works through various nonprofits to bring legal services to children and families. In 2014, Alan accepted an award from the Southern California chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel for Disney Legal's pro bono activities.
Before coming to Disney, Alan worked in the legal department of ABC, Inc., rising quickly through the ranks as he handled cases on news gathering, labor and employment, government relations, and many other issues. Before coming to ABC, Alan specialized in commercial litigation at the Washington, D.C., firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.
Alan graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in 1969 and received his J.D. summa cum laude from Duquesne University in 1975. While at Duquesne, Alan was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
Vice President - At Large
Maryanne Lavan is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for the corporation’s legal affairs and law department, including serving as counsel to its senior leadership and Board of Directors.
She previously served as vice president of corporate internal audit, providing independent assessments of governance, internal controls, and risk management. She joined Lockheed Martin in 1990 as an attorney and served in increasingly responsible positions.
Maryanne graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law, American University.
Maryanne is a member of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association. She serves on the governing bodies for the National Cathedral School, University at Albany Foundation, and Fordham University. Maryanne also serves on the board of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Carlos Brown is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of Dominion Energy Inc.
Carlos joined Dominion in 2007 as senior counsel. He was named director–Alternative Energy Solutions Business Development & Commercialization in 2013 and director–Power Generation Station II, Dominion Generation, in 2015. In 2016, he was promoted to deputy general counsel responsible for litigation, labor, and employment for the Law Department. He was promoted to vice president and general counsel in January 2017. In January 2019, he was promoted and served as senior vice president and general counsel and the company’s chief legal officer until he assumed his current post in December 2019.
Prior to joining the company, Carlos was the managing partner of Carlos Martin PC and president and managing member of the Obsidian Capital Group LLC. Carlos previously practiced law as an associate at McGuireWoods LLP and McCandlish Holton PC.
Carlos received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Virginia where he was an Echols, Achievement, Underwood, and Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar. While an undergraduate at the university he also had the honor of serving as president of the student body. He was recognized for his contributions to the university by being initiated into the IMP, Thirteen, and Raven Societies. In law school, he served as president of the Black Law Students Association.
In 2015, Carlos was appointed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Carlos is also currently a member of the boards of directors of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he served as chair; NextUp; and the Dominion Energy Credit Union. Until 2018, he served as the chair of the Dominion Energy African American Resource Group.
Previously, Carlos served on the boards of Feedmore, Inc., the Central Virginia regional foodbank and Meals on Wheels agency where he served as vice chair and secretary; the Virginia Small Business Advisory Board; the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University; the Richmond Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation; the Virginia Poverty Law Center; Boaz and Ruth, Inc.; and the transition teams of Governor Ralph Northam and Mayor Dwight Jones. He is a 2006 Richmond Style Weekly Top 40 under 40 award recipient. In 2017, in recognition of his work in the community, he was recognized as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. In 2018, Savoy magazine named Carlos one of the most influential African American Attorneys in America. In addition in 2018, he was named to the Virginia Legal Elite for Corporate Counsel by Virginia Business magazine and inducted as a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2019, he was named to the GC Power List. He is also a member of the Richmond Forum.
Deneen Donnley serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services through its two regulated utility subsidiaries, its Clean Energy Businesses (ranked #2 among solar energy producers in North America), and Con Edison Transmission, Inc., investing in electric and gas transmission projects.
She previously served as chief legal officer, general counsel, and corporate secretary to USAA. As executive vice president, Deneen was a member of USAA’s Executive Council and contributed to a broad range of strategic, management, and commercial initiatives. She also previously served as the general counsel for USAA Bank from 2010 to 2015.
Before joining USAA, Deneen worked at ING DIRECT as the senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. She was responsible for managing legal and compliance matters for that $90 billion organization. Prior to joining ING DIRECT, she served as an attorney for Pepper Hamilton LLP and a staff attorney with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, she also received her Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York. Deneen is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the American Bar Association.
Deneen serves on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). She is a member of both the Executive Leadership Council and the Direct Women Board Institute. Deneen also holds the Fellow designation from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Previously, Deneen served as a director on the boards of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Girls, Inc. of San Antonio, the Girl Scouts of The Chesapeake Bay, which awarded her its 2008 Woman of Distinction Award, and the YWCA of Delaware.
She is passionate about promoting diverse and inclusive workplaces, and in 2016 was honored for her work in these areas by the National Diversity Council with its Texas Diversity Award.
Marie Oh Huber
Marie Oh Huber is the Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary at eBay Inc. and heads the global legal and government relations function for eBay. She and her team partner with the businesses to drive the purpose and success of eBay and its buyers and sellers. Her responsibilities include overseeing the company's global legal department, risk management program, and its policy group. She is responsible for interactions with content regulators, law enforcement, IP, corporate governance and SEC compliance, contracts, and other legal and government relations matters.
Marie's passion for eBay's purpose of creating opportunity by empowering small and medium businesses is what compelled her to join the eBay family as it enters its next chapter.
She has 25 years of strategic business and legal experience in global Fortune 500 companies. She has an extensive track record as a business leader and advising boards of directors and executive leadership on global strategy, M&A, corporate governance, legal and compliance, IP, and operational matters.
Marie joined eBay in May 2015 from Agilent where she served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary since 2009. She was responsible for communications, regulatory affairs and quality assurance, government affairs, and philanthropy at Agilent. For the previous ten years she also held positions of increasing responsibility at Agilent and prior to that at HP.
She has a B.A. in economics cum laude from Yale, studied at the London School of Economics and received her J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. She serves on the boards of the James Campbell Company LLC and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Marie is a strong champion for diversity and inclusion, paying it forward, and giving back to the community. She has received a Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 2015 Women of Achievement Award, a 2014 National Diversity Council's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology distinction, and an Inside Counsel Transformative Leadership Award in 2013.
Her passions outside of work include her husband and two children, cycling (and coffee with friends afterwards), great food, sports, and reading.
Stefan John is Senior Vice President of BASF Corporation, as well as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of BASF North America.
In this position, Stefan has overall responsibility for BASF’s legal and governmental affairs in the North American business region. Additionally, as BASF Corporation’s Chief Compliance Officer he chairs the company's Compliance Oversight Committee.
Stefan joined BASF SE in 2014 and became Senior Vice President Legal. Prior to that, he had served as board member responsible for HR, Legal, and Compliance at building material manufacturer Dyckerhoff. Other career positions held include in-house lawyer for General Electric and Stinnes AG with international assignments in the US, Germany, Italy, and England. He also worked as an associate for a US law firm in New York and Mexico City.
Stefan John started his professional career after graduation from the faculty of law at the Freie Universität Berlin as a lawyer for privatization of the Treuhandanstalt.
Stefan was born in Berlin. He is married and has three children.
Dev Stahlkopf is the Corporate Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Legal Affairs Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. She leads the Microsoft’s Legal Affairs group, consisting of more than 500 professionals supporting the company’s legal function. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Dev was vice president and deputy general counsel for the HR Legal Group within the Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs organization. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s immigration, employment law, EEO investigations, and employment compliance teams.
Dev joined Microsoft in 2007, and before becoming deputy general counsel for HR Legal, she was associate general counsel responsible for U.S. and global employment law teams.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dev practiced law at Perkins Coie in Seattle, specializing in labor and employment law. Prior to her time at Perkins Coie, she practiced law at Cooley Godward in the Seattle area.
Dev received her undergraduate degrees in English and philosophy from University of Washington. She received her M.A. in philosophy from Duke University. She earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona, where she met her husband, Bill (also a lawyer), and where she was the managing editor of the Arizona Law Review.
Dev currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), as well as BSA, a software industry group that promotes legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy. She previously sat on the board for the Center for Workplace Compliance, an employer association focused on workplace compliance.
Dev lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two sons, and dog. When not at work, she can be found on the water, as she is an avid stand-up paddleboarder.
Mitch Zuklie serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick. Under Mitch’s leadership, the firm has pursued a strategy to be a leading advisor to the global Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure, and Finance sectors. Financial Times has chosen Orrick as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America in 2016, 2017, and 2018. And Fortune has selected the firm among the 100 Best Companies to Work For three years in a row.
Named by Chambers USA as an “eminent practitioner,” Mitch is an experienced business and legal advisor who has completed hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, and licensing transactions. He counsels technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as their founders, advisors, and investors.
Mitch has led the firm’s portfolio approach to innovation, including the transformation of its West Virginia operation into a center for analytics and innovation, the launch of Orrick Labs to develop customized technologies, and the creation of partnerships with leading innovation initiatives in the industry. He has also led the firm’s entry into new markets, including Boston, Santa Monica, Houston, Austin, and Geneva.
He serves on the board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. He is also a member of the board of the Wild Salmon Center.
Mitch earned his bachelors degree summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and his J.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review.
He and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 25 years. They have two children, Hannah and Angus. Mitch posts regularly on social media about Orrick, venture capital, innovation and other interests. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Robert Grey is the President of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He is a retired Senior Counsel with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Robert’s practice focused on representing businesses in administrative, regulatory, and legislative matters. He has also served as a neutral in dispute resolution matters with the McCommon Group.
In 2010, Robert was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation, and has been reappointed by President Trump.
Robert served as president of the American Bar Association from 2004 to 2005. During his term as president, he worked for justice through better juries via the America Jury Initiative. Robert was elected chair of the ABA House in 1998, the first person of color to serve in that role.
He received his B.S. in 1973 from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree in 1976 from Washington and Lee University, where he served on its Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2014.
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