Natalie Lederman Named 2019 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

 
Press Release
April 2, 2019

New York, NY - International law firm Sullivan is pleased to announce that Natalie Lederman, an associate in the firm’s New York office, has been named a 2019 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

"Natalie is a natural leader and will be an exceptional addition to the LCLD Fellows Program," said Joel Carpenter, managing partner of Sullivan. "She is an integral part of our team, and I have no doubt that she will be a great contributor to the program."

The LCLD Fellows Program is an intensive, year-long professional development program for attorneys identified by their organization as future leaders, both at that organization and in the legal industry. The Program provides an instructional plan that includes in-person conferences, training in the fine points of legal practice and leadership, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive contact with LCLD's top leadership, including the managing partners and general counsel. Sullivan has had participants in the program for the past three years, with New York-based associate Arinze Onugha representing the firm in 2018, DC-based partner Nicole Crum in 2017 and Boston-based partner Ashley Brooks in 2016. New York City-based partner Darwin Conner is also a former LCLD Fellow and has served on the LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Committee.

"I am honored to have been selected for the LCLD Fellows program. I look forward to getting to know and working with my fellow peers in the program, and having an opportunity to participate in LCLD's exceptional leadership and coaching programs," said Lederman, whose practice in the Corporate group is primarily focused on representing public and private companies, both domestic and international, in mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, financing transactions and private equity investments. "This is a career-enhancing opportunity that will develop me as an effective leader not only at Sullivan, but in the legal profession. It is a unique privilege to have this opportunity to build relationships with incredibly talented peers from across the country, and to contribute to fostering true diversity throughout the profession."

In addition to her being named a 2019 LCLD Fellow, Lederman works with New York's Coalition for the Homeless First Step Program, which helps homeless and low-income women gain the skills, experience and confidence needed to find living-wage jobs. She also works closely with Legal Services New York City offering pro-bono counseling to affirmative asylum-seeking clients. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan (with distinction). Prior to practicing law, Lederman was a financial consultant with Deloitte LLP in New York, advising national leadership on strategy initiatives, mergers and acquisitions.

Diversity and Inclusion at Sullivan

We recognize that diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and experience are essential to providing our clients with world class legal service. We aspire to recruit, retain, and promote talented individuals representing the full spectrum of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and physical ability. The firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee has been tasked with recommending specific action, educating, and monitoring the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Additionally, the firm's Women's Initiative is focused on mentoring and professional development support for women attorneys. Included among our diverse programs is sponsorship of an internal diversity coaching and leadership program modeled after the LCLD Fellowship, sponsorship of mid- and senior-level female associates to attend leadership and networking training programs, our "Get to Know the Women Partners" series and "brown bag lunches" to generate conversation that will help the firm identify ways to encourage diversity in the firm and in the industry as a whole.

About Sullivan

Sullivan is a leading corporate law firm advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With approximately 200 lawyers in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, DC, the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, environment and natural resources, renewable energy, regulatory law and employment and benefits. ZAG-S&W — a joint venture between Israel-based Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co. and Sullivan — provides counsel to Israel-based companies and U.S. companies with Israeli interests on a variety of legal matters including access to capital markets, corporate issues, and tax. For more information please visit www.sandw.com.

About LCLD

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 240 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession. The LCLD Fellows program is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. For more information, visit www.lcldnet.org.