Ashley L. Taylor, partner and executive committee member, was selected as One of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. A former deputy attorney general for Virginia, he is carving out a practice helping some of the country's largest corporations defend multistate investigations brought by state attorneys general, and recently co-founded a new section of the American Bar Association focused on state attorneys general investigations. Taylor sits on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Active in GOP politics, he was counsel to unsuccessful 2005 Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore. Read Richmond Magazine's profile on Ashley L. Taylor ("Richmond Lawyer Among Minority Standouts") by clicking here.
Rori Cassirer, New York office managing partner, was honored by the United Way of New York City as one of its Women United in Philanthropy award winners. With more than 850 members, Women United in Philanthropy taps into the power, talent and passion of women leaders to create lasting change in their community by advancing the United Way’s community action strategy. Members are accomplished women leaders who take an active role in making New York a better place to live and work.
Richmond partner Jimmy Robinson was profiled as one of Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 class inductees. For the annual class of 40 people under the age of 40, Style Weekly seeks out those “who succeed professionally while making service a part of their lives, and in the process, lift the Richmond community.” About Robinson, Style Weekly noted that he was a regular face at the Oliver Hill-Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute, a summer program that introduces the legal profession to minority students across Virginia, and has worked through the state bar association to help low-income seniors who are faced with complex questions that arise with end-of-life and estate-planning issues.
Prashant Khetan, partner in the Washington, D.C. office, was selected for the 2012 Fellow Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization made up of the legal profession’s top general counsels and managing partners. Prashant joins a class of 134 attorneys from around the country who have been selected as LCLD Fellows for 2012.
Pam Belleman, partner in the Richmond office, was selected as one of 10 women honored for the Richmond YWCA’s 2008 Outstanding Women Awards. Belleman was recognized in the law category. This year’s winners were selected from more than 100 nominees, based on their impact on the community, their leadership skills, a high level of personal and professional achievement, wand commitment to equality and racial harmony.
Troutman Sanders LLP earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2012 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Troutman Sanders joins the ranks of 259 other major U.S. businesses which get top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers. Law firms achieved the highest gain in any industry sector with a total of 64 listed. Troutman Sanders joined the list of companies with a 100 percent rating for the first time in 2009.
Troutman Sanders is a 2012 State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program Member. The program represents a major commitment to increase opportunities for ethnic minority attorneys in the assignment of corporate and governmental legal work. Participating corporations and government entities seek to forge a lasting working partnership with minority lawyers throughout Georgia. This program is open to all minority- and majority-owned law firms as well as corporations and governmental agencies in Georgia.
As part of its celebration of Black History Month, Troutman Sanders partnered with Hammonds House Museum to feature African-American artists from both collections at a reception titled Collections and Conversations: The Art of Troutman Sanders and Hammonds House Museum. Hammonds House Museum and Resource Center of African American Art is a fine arts venue whose mission is to preserve, exhibit, and increase public awareness about the contributions that visual artists of African descent have made to world culture.
Troutman Sanders was one of five firms that participated in the 2008-09 pilot year of the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. The program pairs NALP member law firms with local high schools, putting practicing lawyers and other legal professionals to work teaching law-related topics in high school classrooms.
Partner Paul Fancher accepts appreciation award from Mayor Kasim Reed
Partner Diane Lidz dines with an Atlanta high school
student at a firm hosted State Bar of Georgia diversity event.
on behalf of the National Association of Chinese-Americans.