Director, President, Richards Layton & Finger 

When Doneene Keemer Damon made Partner at Richards Layton & Finger, she was the first African-American woman to do so at a major Delaware law firm; when she became President of the firm in 2019, she was once again the first African-American woman to take that role. Doneene is also an active leader with the American Bar Association, sitting on the Editorial Board of The Business Lawyer and serving as Co-Chair of the Committee on Corporate Director Diversity.

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Doneene created a Leader's Pledge detailing her personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Doneene's pledge here

Doneene also believes strongly in talent development, and sees it as critical to the retention of diverse attorneys: "I think one of the reasons why our associates come to work with us and stay is because we do invest in them... I am 100% focused on professional development internally at the firm." 

In addition to promoting and supporting diverse attorneys like Doneene, Richards Layton has a women's initiative that provides resources and community for female attorneys. Richards Layton was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2021. 

Joined LCLD 2020 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Fellows selected:
2022: Laura Dietrich; 2021: Lori Brewington

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2022: Valerie Caras, Alexander Krischik; 2021: Angela Lam, Frank Sun

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Giordano Silvaggi, Vanessa Moody, Amanda Hurd; 2020: Quintessa Davis, Nurlan Orujlu, Ada Ohanenye

Success in Law School Mentoring Program 
Mentors provided: 2020

Annual Meeting (2020)
Leadership Summit (2021)

Member: Doneene Damon 

Diversity Professional: Danielle Nowaczyk

Communications: Paul Webb