Merchant & Gould P.C., a national intellectual property (IP) law with clients in the Rocky Mountain Region, selected partner David Harrell to be a member of the 2021 class of Fellows, and associate Rachel Hammond to be a member of the 2021 class of Pathfinders, both participating in landmark programs created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
The LCLD is an organization of hundreds of corporate legal officers and law firm attorneys who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.
“This is a big honor for David and Rachel, as well as for our firm. We all value the LCLD’s impact on the legal industry, and we are grateful for their leadership roles and continued commitment,” said Chris Leonard, Managing Partner and CEO of Merchant & Gould. “Through their participation, David and Rachel will help drive change and continue the critical dialog on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.”
Harrell is one of 418 new Fellows, a group of talented and diverse, mid-career attorneys who have been selected by 293 LCLD member corporations and law firms to participate in this career development program. He is a registered patent attorney whose practice encompasses areas including software and information technology, computer technology, and Internet-related technologies. Harrell specializes in patent preparation and prosecution, infringement analysis, and global IP portfolio development. His technical areas include programming, software analysis and development, operating systems and database design and implementation.
Hammond is one of 404 Pathfinders, made up of early-career attorneys who have demonstrated potential to become future leaders in the legal profession. She is an IP attorney focused on drafting and prosecuting patent applications, serving companies of all sizes, in industries varying from electrical and software to mechanical. Hammond creates legal solutions that future-proof her clients’ inventions and protects their assets from current and prospective competitors.
In recent years, Merchant & Gould has made strides in making its organization more diverse and inclusive. Most notably, the firm achieved certification under the Mansfield Rule to boost diversity in its leadership; established scholarships to increase diversity in the legal profession; and adopted comprehensive policies setting the standards for interacting with each other. Merchant & Gould is also focused on diversity through hiring, retention, pro bono services, charitable efforts, community involvement and client development.