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Patterson Belknap Names 2021 LCLD Fellow and Pathfinder

February 3, 2021

Patterson Belknap partner Rachel Sherman has been selected as the Firm’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2021, while associate Justin Zaremby has been selected as the Firm’s 2021 LCLD Pathfinder. As a Fellow, Ms. Sherman 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. Zaremby 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. In recent years Patterson Belknap partners Muhammad Faridi and Megan Bell participated as Fellows, and associates Christopher Wilds and Gabriela Bersuder participated as Pathfinders.

"We’re thrilled to 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.”

Ms. Sherman is a partner in the Firm's Litigation department, where her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and products liability litigation. She has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer products, and financial industries in both state and federal courts and in arbitration. Ms. Sherman has also counseled clients and litigated matters involving false advertising, employment disputes, intellectual property issues, and internal investigations. Ms. Sherman is a member of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Líderes Board.

Mr. Zaremby is an associate in the Firm's Tax-Exempt Organizations department, where he represents a range of public charities and private foundations, including universities, cultural institutions, and other tax-exempt entities on a variety of matters including corporate governance and restructuring, charitable giving, program-related investing, international grantmaking, commercially driven mission activities, and other state and federal regulatory matters.