Chairman, BakerHostetler

Paul Schmidt became Chairman of BakerHostetler in 2019 after spending nine years leading the firm's national Tax Group and International Tax team. He is also a member of the Bloomberg Tax U.S. International Advisory Board and has served as the U.S. Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section Foreign Lawyers Forum. 

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

Diversity initiatives at BakerHostetler include a diversity fellowship program, a Diverse Attorney Conference, and a women's committee. The firm works to provide diverse staffing on client projects and intentionally appoints minority and women lawyers to its Hiring Committee.

In 2021, BakerHostetler was named an LCLD Top Performer for the third consecutive year. 

Joined LCLD 2015


Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2021: Shareef Farag, 2020: Alyssa Lugo; 2019: Brian Song; 2018: Lisa N. Collins; 2017: David Proaño; 2016: Mark Hatcher; 2015: S. Jeanine Conley 

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2021: Ivory Bishop, Melissa Hewitt; 2020: Shanisha Smith, Darley Maw; 2019: Simone Otenaike, Ernessa McKie; 2018: Suzanne Alton de Eraso, Erica Barrow; 2017: Xakema L. Henderson, Sushant Mohan; 2016: Stanley Ball, Marcus McCutcheon 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Cayro Bustos

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

Attendance
Annual Meeting (2020, 2019, 2018)
Leadership Summit (2021)


Member: Paul Schmidt

Diversity Professional: Leah Fisher, Lauren Resnick