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John is a proven change agent, helping individuals and organizations achieve excellence through his experience as a global law firm leader, diversity professional and executive coach. He serves as Reed Smith's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Global Chair, leading Reed Smith’s efforts to sponsor and achieve diversity and inclusion in the legal community. Reed Smith is a global law firm with over 3,000 employees in 30 offices around the world. Some of the most notable accomplishments during his tenure as DE&I Global Chair:

  • Navigated and championed the firm's efforts to support diverse talent during the COVID pandemic and to develop tangible goals to advance and support Black talent in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and many others.
  • Recognized as one of the top three major law firms to receive the Thomas Sager Award from
    the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for diversity & inclusion programming and
    successes (2019)
  • Increased number of women lawyers by 17%; increased number of diverse lawyers by
    50% (2016-2020)
  • Decreased attrition of diverse lawyers from 21% to 12% (2016-2020)

Qualifikationen

  • University of Southern California Law School, 1987, J.D.
  • Pomona College, 1984, B.A., Economics

  • President, Board of Governors, USC Alumni Association
  • Chair, Finance Committee, Jonathan Club
  • National Board Member, 50/50 Women on Boards
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Director CertifiedTM
  • Former Chair, Board of Councilors, USC Gould School of Law
  • Board Emeritus, USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association

  • Honorable J. Spencer Letts, U.S. District Court - Central District of California

Auszeichnungen

  • DiversityFIRST™ Award, California Diversity Council (2019) 
  • Lawyers of Color, 2019 Nation’s Best (Western Region)
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Ednovate's 4th Annual More Like Family Awards Night (2019) 
  • Named, Top 500 Most Influential People in LA, Los Angeles Business Journal (2018)
  • Presidents' Award, USC Alumni Association (2017)
  • Leadership Award, USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (2017)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Los Angeles Business Journal's Asian Business Awards (2016)
  • Named, One of the Nation's Most Influential Minority Attorneys, Lawyers of Color (2014 and 2015)