Global Chief Executive Officer, Dentons 


In 2002, Elliott Portnoy joined Dentons US and founded the firm’s public policy practice. Today he is the firm’s Global Chief Executive Officer, overseeing international growth. Elliott also founded a nonprofit for children with disabilities called Kids Enjoy Exercise Now.

Dentons’ diversity efforts include affinity groups, pipeline programs, and mentoring. The firm also sponsors a Law Preview Scholarship for diverse students and won the Economic Empowerment Awardfrom InsideCounsel for promoting women worldwide.

In 2022, Dentons was named an LCLD Top Performer for the seventh consecutive year. 

Joined LCLD 2009 

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program

Fellows nominated:
2022: Erika Lopes-McLeman; 2021: Deb Sengupta; 2020: Uchenna Ekuma-Nkama; 2019: Shannon Baxter; 2018: Chris H. Lee; 2017: Jeniffer M. Roberts; 2016: Kristen Rodriguez; 2014: Felix Woo; 2013: Bonnie Lau; 2012: Karen Jordan; 2011: Leslie Davis

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2022: Max JonesAnamaria Hazard;  2021: Anthony McCain; 2020: Catharine Luo; 2019: Shelby Sklar; 2018: Erin Stach; 2017: Erika M. Lopes-McLeman; 2016: Melinda Carrido; 2015: Kristina Liu 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Elizabeth Amanieh; 2020: Lexi Wung; 2019: Allia Howard, Shreya Santhanam; 2018: Noor-ul-ain Hasan; 2017: Chimezie Udozorh; 2016: Kimberly Wang; 2012: Renee Heyman

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Annual Meeting (2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) 


Members: Elliott Portnoy, Sonia Martin

Diversity Professionals: Emilie SmithSonia Martin, Valerie Markle

Communications: Jeff Scalzi