Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that attorneys Mansi H. Shah and Linhda Nguyen have been selected as members of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2017 class of Fellows and Pathfinders, respectively.
“This is an honor and an invaluable opportunity for Mansi and Linhda,” said Brian H. Batzli, CEO and Managing Director of Merchant & Gould, as well as an LCLD Member. “In these LCLD programs, they join a select group of diverse attorneys who have been recognized for their leadership potential. We are extremely proud of Mansi and Linhda and are excited about their participation in the programs.”
“Merchant & Gould is committed to inclusiveness, and we want to foster open and free access to opportunity for all individuals, regardless of color, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability,” added Brian. “Our goal is to offer talented, diverse teams to our clients in order to cultivate and understand different perspectives and generate innovative and inspired legal services.”
Mansi Shah is a founding Partner of the Silicon Valley office of Merchant & Gould and co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee. With a background in computer science, she provides a full spectrum of intellectual property counseling and litigation for both large and small companies in a variety of industries. As a Fellow of the LCLD, Mansi will participate in a landmark program created by the organization to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “an extraordinarily rich year of relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership.”
Mansi is active as a member or leader in a number of organizations—including the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)—and is an advocate of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
As a Pathfinder, Linhda Nguyen, an Associate in Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office, will be part of a program designed by the LCLD to train early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies, including leadership and the building of professional networks. She is a member of the litigation and trademark groups at the firm, as well as the pro bono and diversity committees.
Linhda also serves on the outreach committee of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA), which is responsible for planning outreach events for the local legal community and the greater Twin Cities area. Recently, the committee organized a Legal Advice Day, in conjunction with the Volunteer Lawyer Network, to provide free legal advice for underserved populations in St. Paul.
The Pathfinder Program offers participants “intensive in-person training, online experiential learning, and opportunities to network with peers and esteemed LCLD Fellows in small group gatherings,” said Robert. He believes it is a program that can help “catapult a person’s career forward” and “prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership.”
Merchant & Gould is proud to be a Member Law Firm of the LCLD.
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 260 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows program, which has trained more than a thousand mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. The LCLD Pathfinder Program is now in its second year as a full-scale program, having been piloted in 2015 among a select number of LCLD Member law firms and corporations. It is an initiative that has filled a gap in LCLD programming, targeting junior associates and the youngest members of corporate law departments. For information, visit www.lcldnet.org.