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Locke Lord's Krystle Tadesse Selected as 2021 LCLD Fellow; Enrique Santiago and Ashley Thurman Named to Pathfinder Program

March 4, 2021

(PROVIDENCE, WASHINGTON, D.C., AND DALLAS) March 4, 2021 – Locke Lord Providence Associate Krystle Tadesse has been selected as a member of the 2021 Fellows Program for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and Washington, D.C.'s Enrique Santiago and DallasAshley Thurman have been named to LCLD’s Pathfinder Program. Both programs aim to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

According to LCLD, its landmark Fellows Program, established in 2011, is one of its most important initiatives. As a Fellow, Tadesse will participate in conferences, in-person training and projects with LCLD’s top leadership that aim to further leadership and relationship skills among lawyers who are committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The Pathfinder Program, now in its sixth year, targets high-performing associates. Pathfinders receive training in critical career development strategies, including leadership and building professional networks.

Tadesse is a member of Locke Lord’s Associates Committee and member and past President of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association. She was recently appointed to serve as Chair of the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission, the first woman of color to hold the position. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, Secretary of the FirstWorks Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Gordon School. A member of Locke Lord’s Litigation Department, Tadesse represents clients in a range of complex disputes before state and federal courts and agencies.

An Associate in Locke Lord’s Corporate and Transactional Practice Group, Santiago represents public and private companies in a wide variety of business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, debt finance and capital markets transactions. He also has experience with companies that develop and manufacture technology products, ranging from consumer-facing services to business-oriented platforms. He is an active member of the Florida and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Thurman is also an Associate in the Firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice Group and is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, National Bar Association and J.L. Turner Legal Association. She counsels clients on a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and leveraged transactions, reorganizations, private financing transactions and general SEC reporting and compliance. In 2019, Thurman was named among the National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40.

Locke Lord has a long history of support and participation in LCLD initiatives. Previous Fellows include Austin Partner Michelle Earley, Chicago Partners Ernesto Palomo, Julie Webb and Bilal Zaheer and Dallas Partner Art Anthony. Boston Associate Walter Rodriguez, Chicago Associate Wasim Bleibel and Los Angeles Associate Jamie Mei Cheng have participated in LCLD’s Pathfinder Program.

Diversity and inclusion is one of the Firm’s five core values and an integral part of Locke Lord’s strategic plan. Locke Lord understands that fostering an inclusive environment results in better decision-making, better outcomes for clients and a firm where team members can be successful and thrive. To read more about Locke Lord’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, click here.

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