Kassem L. Lucas is a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Lucas concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, reinsurance law and arbitration, insurance counseling, and insurance insolvency.
In 2011, Mr. Lucas was named Pepper’s Partner in Charge of Diversity. Mr. Lucas is in charge of Pepper Hamilton’s firm-wide diversity initiatives and programs and also chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee. His responsibilities include developing strategic initiatives to recruit, support, retain and promote attorneys from diverse backgrounds, maintaining diversity and inclusion as core values of the firm, and seeking opportunities to partner with the community and clients on diversity initiatives and business development. He also leads Pepper's Implicit Bias Task Force.
Mr. Lucas is alos a member of the firm’s Associates and Hiring Committees.
Mr. Lucas also started and teaches a class at the University of Pennsylvania Law School entitled Diversity in the Legal Profession. During the class, students explore how diversity and inclusion play roles in the practice of law, the legal industry, and the attorney pipeline. They learn how diversity is defined today and whether that has consequences for traditionally under-represented groups such as people of color and members of the LGBT community. Students explore whether issues faced by women are unique and whether being a woman of color poses any additional challenges. They also look at hot topics such as implicit bias, generational diversity, and gender identity. They examine the roles of affinity groups, straight white males and vendors.
Areas of Practice
Reinsurance and Insurance
Partner in Charge of Diversity; Associates Committee; Hiring Committee; Implicit Bias Task Force
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