Managing Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Michael Gerstenzang joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1992 and became Managing Partner in 2017. In a Forbes interview about his plans for the firm during his term, Michael named “respect for individuals, and diversity – whether that’s international or racial or gender” as one of the firm's guiding principles.
Cleary Gottlieb promotes diversity in many ways. The firm offers a Women’s Working Group that provides networking and professional development opportunities for employees and partners with several pipeline programs that provide mentoring and internships. Cleary Gottlieb also initiated a partnership with Washington Irving High School in New York City, through which they mentor, tutor, offer internships to, and sponsor students.
Joined LCLD 2009
Highlights of LCLD Participation
2020: Jamal Fulton; 2011: Kara A. Hailey
1L LCLD Scholars Program
2022: Poiret Coulibaly, Sonia Helen Pascale, Jordan Terry, Catherine Crevecoeur, Mikhail Grant; 2021: John Ferguson, Jabari Matthew, Eriele Tellis; 2020: Taylor Nicolas, Sidarth Singh, Lauren Davilla, Isabella Forero, Sandra Scott, Tomisin Ogunsanya, Jabari Matthew, Jason Petty, Habib-Emmanuel Abraham, Jeremiah Evans; 2019: Bear Reeves, Erin Mason, Derrick Parker
Annual Meeting (2018)
Member: Michael Gerstenzang