Patterson Belknap Names 2020 LCLD Fellow and Pathfinder

February 10, 2020

Patterson Belknap partner Muhammad Faridi has been selected as the Firm’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2020, while associate Christopher Wilds has been selected as the Firm’s 2020 LCLD Pathfinder. As a Fellow, Mr. Faridi will participate in a landmark program created by LCLD to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. As a Pathfinder, Mr. Wilds will take part in a program designed by LCLD to train high-performing, early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies, including leadership and the building of professional networks.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 320 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. Patterson Belknap partner Megan Bell participated as a 2019 Fellow and associate Gabriela Bersuder participated as a 2018 Pathfinder.

Mr. Faridi is a partner in the Firm's Litigation department, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including disputes related to structured finance transactions, alleged violations of U.S. sanctions, breach of fiduciary duty, international joint ventures, and fraud. He has been recognized by several professional associations and organizations, including the New York Law Journal and Benchmark Litigation, and is an adjunct professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches commercial litigation.

Mr. Wilds is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation department, where he represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters as well as internal investigations. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Wilds served as a law clerk to the Hon. Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.