Co-Chair & Managing Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 

Lisa Cleary was elected Co-Chair and Managing Partner in 2014, and is the third woman to serve as Patterson Belknap's Managing Partner. She is strongly committed to pro bono and has led the firm's Pro Bono Committee for more than 20 years.

“There is no question that from the desire to assist even one person, systemic changes can ultimately result,” she said in an interview with her alma mater

Patterson Belknap was one of the first major firms to elect a woman as its Managing Partner and works to continue a tradition where women and minority lawyers thrive. In 2017, the firm received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Patterson Belknap diversity initiatives include three affinity groups, legal outreach to underserved communities, and a diversity fellowship for judicial clerks. 

Joined LCLD 2017 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2022: Alejandro Cruz; 2021: Rachel Sherman; 2020: Muhammed Faridi; 2019: Megan Bell; 2017: Travis Tu

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2022: Christina Seda; 2021: Justin Zaremby; 2020: Chris Wilds; 2018: Gabriela Bersuder

Success in Law School Mentoring Program 
Mentors provided: 2020

Member: Lisa Cleary

Diversity Professionals: Shannon Curry, Michelle Cohen

Communications: Jenni Dickson