Katten Appoints Litigation and Corporate Associates Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders |


CHICAGO, March 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Katten today announced that Entertainment and Media Litigation partner Joanna M. Hill and associate Capital Markets Fabiola T. Valenzuela have been selected for the 2022 class of Pathfinders of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

“Joanna and Fabiola have distinguished themselves as emerging leaders and demonstrated a true commitment to Katten’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by serving as co-chairs of the company’s Diversity Committee racial and ethnic background,” said Katten Chief Diversity Associate Leslie Minier. “This program will provide them with valuable experience that will help them reach the next stage of their career.”

The seven-month Pathfinder program is designed to equip high-performing, early-career lawyers with foundational leadership and relationship-building skills. The program provides participants with training and the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal profession as well as experts in the areas of executive learning and development and coaching.

Hill and Valenzuela will be paired with program facilitators as mentors and offered practical tools to develop and leverage internal professional networks, fundamental leadership skills, and an understanding of career development strategies. From class meetings to group peer circles, they will have multiple opportunities to interact and network with their peers, both in person and in a virtual format.

“The LCLD Pathfinder program exposes participants to intensive training, experiential learning, and networking opportunities with peers and esteemed LCLD fellows and alumni in small group meetings. It is a program which can really improve his career”, declared the president of the LCLD. Robert J. Gray.

Hill, who is based in Los Angeles, focuses her litigation practice on matters of copyright, trademark, publicity rights, breach of contract, defamation and fraud claims. She has also participated in Katten’s Kattalyst sponsorship program and is dedicated to pro bono work. She was recognized in Variety Magazine’s 2018 Legal Impact Report as “Up Next” Lawyer in Entertainment and Media.

Based in the Chicago office, Valenzuela focuses his practice on structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial transactions and has represented emerging companies and investors throughout the corporate life cycle in a number of industries. She advises investors and companies on a variety of matters, including company formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and corporate governance. She maintains an active pro bono practice, particularly representing minors in federal immigration and deportation cases.

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization of more than 400 corporate legal directors and law firm managing partners – the leadership of the profession – who are committed, through their Leaders at the Front initiative and to other means, to create a truly diverse American society. legal profession. Their action programs are designed to attract, inspire and nurture talent in society and within their organisations, helping a new and more diverse generation of lawyers to rise to leadership positions. By producing tangible results in their institutions, they work to promote inclusiveness in their organizations and circles of influence and in society, with the ultimate goal of building a more equitable and diverse legal profession.

Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys across United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for advice locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s main practice areas include corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, private credit and private wealth. Katten represents public and private companies in many sectors, as well as a number of governmental and non-profit organizations and individuals. For more information, visit katten.com.

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