Hogan Lovells trio selected for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Positions

Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce the appointment of partner Tao Leung as the firm’s 2022 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. LCLD is the premier legal diversity organization in the United States engaging general counsel and managing partners of law firms to promote diversity and inclusion in legal organizations.

The LCLD Fellows Program identifies high-potential lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds and sets them on the path to leadership within their organizations. Over the course of a year, each Fellow embarks on a leadership program that includes in-person conferences, training in the fine points of legal practice, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive contact with LCLD's top leadership, including managing partners and general counsel.

Los Angeles-based partner Tao Leung heads the Labor and Employment practice in our California offices, and is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment (LAE) practice. He handles all aspects of California and federal employment law, including litigating wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff matters, conducting internal investigations, training and counseling clients regarding constantly changing employment laws, and advising on M&A transactions. Tao helps employers of all sizes navigate California's particularly rigid employment laws, and he has been recognized for his work on multiple occasions by Daily Journal, most recently being named one of their Top 40 Under 40 in 2021.

The firm has also designated senior associates Harmony Gbe and Lina Perez as the 2022 LCLD Pathfinders.

The Pathfinder Program is designed for underrepresented, high potential, early career lawyers to help them develop and leverage professional networks through relationship building skills, foundational leadership skills, and an understanding of career development strategies applicable to both in-house and law firm practice.

Los Angeles-based LAE senior associate Harmony Gbe has handled numerous aspects of litigation, from drafting pre-trial motions and conducting fact-witness depositions, to participating in dispute resolution proceedings and trial preparation. Harmony's recent experience includes safeguarding the right of Black Alabamians to elect political candidates of their choice, representing a health insurer in a multimillion-dollar payment dispute with a hospital system, and investigating a food company for potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in Thailand. She was recently recognized by The National Black Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 lawyers in Los Angeles.

Corporate & Finance senior associate Lina Perez focuses her practice on representing lenders and borrowers in both secured and unsecured debt transactions in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on middle market transactions. She also advises corporations and financial institutions on complex cross-border debt financing arrangements. In addition to her finance work, Lina maintains an active pro bono practice. She routinely represents individuals in foster care adoptions and immigration proceedings. Lina also serves as a Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells’ Americas Associate Committee.

Americas Professional Development & Diversity Partner, Carine Stoick, commented: “LCLD provides our underrepresented individuals an unique opportunity to further their professional development and deepen their peer networks. We are delighted by the LCLD appointments of Tao Leung, Harmony Gbe, and Lina Perez as their work embodies our firm values and their contributions in shaping our firm culture to be more inclusive have been invaluable. We’re proud to provide these impactful professional opportunities to our underrepresented individuals and remain committed to advancing diversity and inclusion.”

Founded in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) works to improve and promote diversity at law firms. LCLD Members create diversity programs and take action, challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of underrepresented talent for the highest positions of leadership.

 


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