(WASHINGTON, D.C.) December 13, 2021 – Kimberly Hulsey has joined Locke Lord as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, succeeding retired Senior Partner Paulette Brown.
Hulsey joins the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office from Major, Lindsey & Africa, where she served as a Managing Director and member of the Diversity, Inclusion + Belonging Leadership Council and the In-House Recruiting Diversity Committee. A former practicing lawyer and veteran legal industry executive with a career spanning more than 25 years, she has a proven track record of helping diverse attorneys advance in the profession. Previously, she served as Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs for Scripps Networks Interactive, where she led its government and industry advocacy initiatives. She will work closely with Locke Lord’s Executive Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee leveraging her talent acquisition, HR management, external affairs and in-house legal experience to further the Firm’s commitment to recruit, retain, develop and promote diverse talent at all levels.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kim to Locke Lord and look forward to her leadership continuing the Firm’s integral work of fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. Her impressive background and experience holding both legal and corporate roles will bring invaluable insight to support client goals and amplify diverse perspectives,” said Locke Lord Chair David Taylor. “After a storied career, we thank Paulette for her leadership, commitment and service and for her groundbreaking work on behalf of diversity and inclusion, which has made an important and lasting difference to our Firm and across the profession.”
Hulsey serves on the University of Pennsylvania Law School Inclusion & Equity Alumni Advisory Board, an inaugural assembly of Pennsylvania Law alumni organized to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the school. She was also selected as a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and was instrumental in LCLD’s Sustainable Partnership Program, where she was one of four program architects to develop and execute a multifaceted, one-year external leadership program to increase the success and retention rates for law firm partners of color. Hulsey previously served as Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Women of Color Task Force, focused on increasing the number of women of color partners and corporate legal leaders in the D.C. metro area. She obtained her Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University and is a thought leader in her field, regularly writing and speaking about developments surrounding diversity and inclusion.
“I am excited to join Locke Lord, a Firm with a long-standing commitment to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive environment while igniting enthusiasm for positive change,” Hulsey said. “I am intensely passionate about continuing to equip the Firm with the tools necessary to advance diversity and inclusion within the Firm and throughout the legal industry.”
Diversity and inclusion is one of Locke Lord’s five core values and an integral part of the Firm’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. The Firm achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status for 2021, recognizing it for hitting targets designed to boost the representation of diverse lawyers considered for a variety of roles and opportunities. Locke Lord also consistently registers a perfect score of 100 percent for policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in its Corporate Equality Index. Additionally, LCLD recognized Locke Lord with the 2021 Top Performer designation and Compass Award, underscoring the Firm’s leadership in building a diverse workplace and a more inclusive legal profession. To read more about Locke Lord’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, click here.
About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity. In addition, the Firm advises clients across a broad spectrum of other industries, including fund formation, venture capital, health care, public finance, real estate, technology, cybersecurity and white collar, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.
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