Burns White Attorney, Gilda M. Arroyo, Named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow

Burns White attorney, Gilda M. Arroyo, has been selected as a 2018 Fellow by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). As a participant in this nationally recognized program, Ms. Arroyo will be trained to help identify, educate, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Ms. Arroyo joins a select group of talented attorneys, from diverse backgrounds, recognized for their potential as leaders at their organizations, and within their communities. According to LCLD President, Robert J. Grey, Jr., the Fellows Program offers high-potential attorneys “an extraordinarily rich year of relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership.” The goal of the year-long, professional development program is to produce a generation of attorneys with strong leadership and relationship skills who are committed to fostering diversity within their institutions and the legal profession at large.

“We are so pleased that Ms. Arroyo has been selected among her peers to participate in this year’s LCLD fellowship program. She is extremely deserving of this honor, and we are confident that she will have a positive impact in helping to shape the legal profession with her insights and experiences with diversity,” said David B. White, Executive Committee Member of Burns White.

Ms. Arroyo focuses her practice in the areas of products liability, premises liability and toxic tort litigation. She is also the co-chairperson of Burns White’s Immigration Practice Group where she counsels businesses and individuals to insure they comply with all applicable immigration laws. Ms. Arroyo also serves as the chair for the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

An active member of the legal community, she is currently vice-chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Hispanic Attorneys Committee. She served as a Delegate in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 2011-2014, and authored an article in La Jornada Latina titled, “Custodia,” addressing child custody in relation to the relocation statute.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 260 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows program, which has trained more than a thousand mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. For more information, visit: www.lcldnet.org.

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