Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, a member of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), has selected Partner Karen L. Hart to the 2017 “Fellows Program” class for the LCLD – an organization comprised of more than 265 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners and dedicated to building a more open and diverse legal profession. In addition, attorneys Saba F. Syed and Kelsey A. Williams were selected to LCLD’s 2017 “Pathfinder Program.”
“The firm’s commitment to and participation in the LCLD program is representative of our focus on leadership and personal development,” said James Skochdopole, managing partner of Bell Nunnally.
LCLD “Fellows Program” members are mid-career professionals who have been nominated by their company or law firm’s executive members in recognition of strong past performance and leadership. The “Fellow” year focuses on relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects and extensive contact with LCLD’s leadership.
LCLD “Pathfinder Program” members are early career attorneys, also nominated by their company or organization, who have three-to-five years of practice experience. The initiative aims to arm its set of diverse, high-potential professionals with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks. The “Pathfinder Program” focuses on relationship building, foundational leadership instruction and career development activities.
Hart is a member of Bell Nunnally’s Litigation and Real Estate practice areas and has more than a decade of experience litigating commercial disputes. She counsels clients on real estate and landlord-tenant matters as well as various contract and business disputes, providing guidance on business legal matters including: lease, purchase and sale; brokerage and property management disputes; specific performance claims; commercial evictions; lis pendens; lien and bond claims; lien priority disputes; promissory note claims; commercial foreclosures; bankruptcy claims; professional ethics and liability matters; bills of review; confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and related disputes and injunctive proceedings; and business tort claims – including tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, civil theft, fraud and misappropriation of trade secret claims. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2001) and the University of Texas at El Paso (B.A., with highest honors, 1997).
Syed, a member of Bell Nunnally’s Litigation; Real Estate; Creditor’s Rights; and Labor, Employment and Benefits practice areas, is experienced in a wide range of litigation matters and regularly works directly with clients in assisting with trial preparation and strategy. Involved in all phases of litigation, including appeals, she represents clients with matters involving complex commercial litigation; real estate litigation; collections matters; and labor and employment issues. Syed is a graduate of Baylor Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2013) and the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., magna cum laude, 2009).
Williams is a member of Bell Nunnally’s Creditor’s Rights and Litigation practice areas. With a focus on complex commercial litigation, she represents clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to national corporations in disputes involving claims such as breach of contract, fraud and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. In addition, she represents corporate creditors in asserting and perfecting lien and bond claims and has significant experience litigating complex business disputes, recovering judgments for her clients and seeking payment from judgment debtors through garnishments and other post-judgment remedies. Williams is a graduate of Baylor Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2014) and the University of Florida (B.A., cum laude, 2011).