Chair and CEO, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP


In January 2016, Betty Temple was named the first female head of Womble Dickinson (at the time, Womble Carlyle) in the firm’s 140-year history. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, she said the homogeneity of law firms is “bad for business because you're not just limiting gender or race, you're limiting diversity of thought.” Betty is also a leading M&A lawyer who was named one of the 50 Most Influential People by Greenville Business Magazine. Womble Dickinson’s major commitments to diversity include recruiting minority lawyers, offering domestic partner benefits, and tying diversity initiatives to employee compensation and advancement.

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2020: Karthika Perumal; 2019: Vivian Coates; 2018: Sonny Haynes; 2011: Sanjay N. Beri

Pathfinders Program
Pathfinders nominated:
2020: Nicole Su

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2018, 2016)
Leadership Summit (2016)


Member: Betty Temple

Diversity Professionals: Barbara FountainKevin Lyn, Sonny Haynes

Communications: Russell Thomas