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Patterson Belknap Names 2022 LCLD Fellow and Pathfinder

February 16, 2022

Patterson Belknap partner Alejandro Cruz has been selected as the Firm’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2022, while associate Christina Seda-Acosta has been selected as the Firm’s 2022 LCLD Pathfinder. As one of the 426 Fellows named to the 2022 class, Mr. Cruz will participate in a landmark program created by LCLD to mentor the legal industry’s diverse leaders of tomorrow. As one of the 433 Pathfinders named to the 2022 class, Ms. Seda-Acosta will take part in a program designed by LCLD to train high-performing, early-career attorneys on foundational leadership and relationship-building.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession. The Fellows Program, which has trained more than 1,600 mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. The Pathfinder Program has trained nearly 700 early-career attorneys since 2015, catering to junior lawyers in law firms and corporate legal departments who have demonstrated potential to become future leaders in the legal profession. In recent years Patterson Belknap partners Gregory BakerMuhammad Faridi, and Rachel Sherman participated as Fellows, and counsel Justin Zaremby and associate Christopher Wilds participated as Pathfinders.

"We’re thrilled to once again partner with LCLD to support and train diverse partners and associates at our Firm,” said Lisa E. Cleary, Patterson Belknap’s Co-Chair and Managing Partner. “Our partnership with LCLD is one of many ongoing initiatives at the Firm that help us advance our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within Patterson Belknap and throughout the legal profession.”

Mr. Cruz is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation department. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. His practice includes matters involving structured finance transactions, financial derivatives, professional malpractice, antitrust actions, commodities manipulation, and art law. In addition, as a member of the Firm’s Privacy and Data Security group, Mr. Cruz advises clients on a wide array of cybersecurity issues, including breach response, ransomware, regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, and the New York Department of Financial Services’ cybersecurity regulation. 

Christina Seda-Acosta is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation department. From 2016 to 2017, Ms. Seda served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nelson S. Roman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.