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McGuireWoods Names Charlotte Partner Rakesh Gopalan to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Fellows Program

February 9, 2015

Rakesh Gopalan, a partner in McGuireWoods’ Charlotte office, has been selected by the firm as its representative member of the 2015 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. The program identifies talented lawyers from diverse backgrounds and prepares them for leadership roles.

Gopalan practices in the area of corporate and securities law, focusing on public company securities matters as well as complex technology and outsourcing transactions. He also advises multiple public companies regarding ongoing reporting requirements, transactions and corporate governance.

A 2002 University of Virginia graduate, he earned his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2006.

“Diversity is a core value of McGuireWoods and the firm’s support of LCLD is one of the many tangible examples of this commitment,” Gopalan said. “It’s an honor to represent the firm in the 2015 Fellows program.”

He began his law career in 2006 with Helms Mulliss & Wicker, which merged with McGuireWoods two years later. He became a partner last year.

Gopalan joins a class of more than 180 lawyers from across the country who were selected as 2015 LCLD Fellows.

Founded in 2009, the LCLD is a national organization of corporate counsel and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a diverse legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program launched in 2011 to increase diversity at the leadership levels of U.S. law firms and corporate legal departments.

The Fellows’ learning program includes in-person conferences, training, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive interaction with LCLD’s top leadership. For more information, visit


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