Ropes & Gray Attorneys Selected for 2023 LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Programs
Ropes & Gray is proud to announce that litigation & enforcement counsel Jessica Soto has been named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2023. In addition, litigation & enforcement associate Genieva DePass and asset management associate Chidi Oteh have been named LCLD Pathfinders.
LCLD is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners at the nation’s leading law firms who have pledged themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.
The Fellows program is an intensive year-long professional development program that mentors the legal industry’s diverse leaders of tomorrow. Designed for lawyers with eight to 15 years of experience, the program connects attorneys with leading general counsel, managing partners and their peers for mentoring and career guidance.
The Pathfinder program is a seven-month professional program designed to train early-career attorneys on foundational leadership and relationship-building. The program provides participants with the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal profession along with experts in the fields of learning and development and executive coaching.
Ropes & Gray’s membership in LCLD reflects the firm’s longstanding commitment to the professional development and advancement of diverse talent.
“Our firm’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is a core value that we work to advance every day,” said managing partner David Djaha. “Jessica, Genieva and Chidi are outstanding, accomplished lawyers who impress their clients and our colleagues alike. Each has an exceptional knowledge of their practice areas, excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, and has delivered great results for their clients. The LCLD program is designed to give them just another means to excel in their careers. I could not be prouder to see them embark on their journeys with LCLD.”
In addition to being named a LCLD Fellow, Jessica was recently named to the 2023 Top Lawyers Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association and the LatinVex 2022 list of Latin America’s Rising Legal Stars. Jessica’s practice focuses on high-stakes, high-profile internal and government-facing investigations; complex civil and criminal litigation; and risk assessments and compliance uplifts. She also advises clients on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and has written on the subject for The New York Law Journal.
Genieva focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and related civil litigation. She regularly counsels companies conducting cross-border internal and regulatory investigations, compliance risk assessments and pre-acquisition due diligence in M&A transactions. In addition, she maintains an active pro bono practice and serves as a mentoring circle leader in Ropes & Gray’s Women’s Forum.
Chidi was recently named to National Black Lawyers’ 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes 40 of the most talented Black attorneys from each state under the age of 40. Chidi’s asset management practice is focused on the representation of various investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity funds and institutional investors in connection with fund formation, ongoing governance and operational issues, compliance, regulatory and transactional matters. He is also a member of the firm’s sports law group, assisting in the negotiation of employment, sponsorship, media and speaking arrangements for various collegiate and professional coaches, administrators and broadcasters. Chidi has also held in-house counsel roles in Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.