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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 & 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 CDO:

  • 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 15%; increased number of diverse lawyers by 20% (2016-2019)
  • Decreased attrition of diverse lawyers from 21% to 11% (2016-2019)

Credentials

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

  • President-Elect, Board of Governors, USC Alumni Association
  • Chair, Board of Councilors, USC Gould School of Law
  • Board Emeritus, USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association
  • Finance Committee, Jonathan Club
  • National Association of Corporate Directors

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

Awards & Recognition

  • 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)