McGuireWoods selected partner Alex Madrid as its representative member for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2022 Fellows Program and associates Etahjayne Harris and Erin Mack as representative members of the LCLD’s 2022 Pathfinders Program. McGuireWoods has been an LCLD member and participant since the organization was founded in 2009.
The LCLD Fellows Program, launched in 2011, is designed to help diverse, high-potential, mid-career attorneys excel in leadership roles and build stronger client relationships. The LCLD Pathfinders Program fosters professional development of lawyers early in their careers.
Practicing in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department in Pittsburgh, Madrid represents some of the world’s largest financial institutions, with a focus on broker-dealers, in litigation, arbitration, and regulatory and enforcement actions. He also counsels pro bono clients seeking asylum, protection under the Convention Against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and other forms of relief under immigration law. He is a member of the Allegheny County Hispanic Bar Association and Hispanic National Bar Association, and a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, student director of the Legal Services for Immigrant Communities Clinic and a member of the Latino Law Students Association.
Harris, part of the firm’s Products, Environmental & Mass Tort Litigation Department in Richmond, represents clients in complex civil litigation involving transportation and medical devices, with a focus on product liability. She also represents pro bono clients in immigration and housing law matters. She is a cum laude graduate of the Richmond School of Law, where she was alumni relations editor of the Journal of Law and Technology and treasurer of the Black Law Students Association.
Mack, a member of McGuireWoods’ Debt Finance Department in Charlotte, handles corporate lending transactions, including syndicated lending, multicurrency financing facilities and acquisition financings. She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy.
Baltimore partner Ava Lias-Booker, chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, said, “We are thrilled to have Alex as the LCLD fellow and Etahjayne and Erin participating in the Pathfinders Program this year. The organization’s work is essential to continue developing a diverse pipeline of future leaders.”
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a national organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a more open and diverse legal profession. In 2021, the LCLD honored McGuireWoods with a Top Performers and Compass Award. The firm was one of only 60 LCLD member organizations to earn both honors.