Shutts & Bowen Attorneys Named to LCLD 2023 Class

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Shutts & Bowen Attorneys Named to LCLD 2023 ClassShutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that Sarah Donini Rodriguez, Damien Reynolds and Jodi-Ann Tillman have been selected to represent the firm in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)’s 2023 programs.

Orlando partner Sarah Donini Rodriguez has been named a member of the 2023 Class of Fellows. Designed for lawyers with eight to 15 years of experience, this landmark intensive year-long professional development program connects high-potential attorneys with leading general counsel, managing partners and their peers for mentoring and career guidance. LCLD Fellows participate in training sessions and have opportunities to interact with key legal and business leaders of large U.S. corporations as well as managing partners from the country’s most prestigious law firms. Sarah is one of 452 Fellows in this year’s class.

Miami associate Damien Reynolds and Fort Lauderdale associate Jodi-Ann Tillman will represent the firm as members of the 2023 Class of Pathfinders. A multifaceted program produced by LCLD, the Pathfinder program provides participants with the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal profession as well as career development experts. Over the course of seven months, the program is designed to train high-performing attorneys who are early in their careers on foundational leadership and relationship-building skills. Damien and Jodi will meet and interact with 462 other Pathfinders nationwide, both in person and in virtual formats. 

“We are delighted to have Sarah, Damien and Jodi represent Shutts as this year’s LCLD participants,” said Aliette DelPozo Rodz, Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and an LCLD Alumni (2018 Fellow). “These attorneys have shown their commitment to the firm’s diversity initiatives and reflect the values we hope to instill in our future leaders.” 

Additional Shutts LCLD Alumni include Meredith Freeman (2019 Fellow); Manuel Negron (2020 Fellow); Jamie Wasserman (2021 Fellow); Martha Ferral (2021 Pathfinder); Erik Matheney (2022 Fellow); and Cameron Parks (2022 Pathfinder).

About Sarah Donini Rodriguez

Sarah Donini Rodriguez is a Partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Construction Litigation Practice Group. Sarah's experience includes representing clients in construction litigation, construction contract preparation and commercial litigation. She has represented developers, land owners, contractors, design professionals, and suppliers in complex state and federal litigation involving professional malpractice, design errors, construction defect claims, delay claims, lien issues, and much more. In addition to her construction practice, Sarah has litigated numerous commercial business disputes, including landlord/tenant matters, intellectual property claims, contract disputes, and others. Sarah has represented clients through trial and appeal in both state and federal courts around the country. She also routinely handles matters involving the negotiation and drafting of agreements related to project development, including design and construction.

About Damien K. Reynolds

Damien K. Reynolds is an attorney in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Class Action & Mass Litigation practice group. Prior to joining Shutts, Damien served as an intern for the Department of Justice and as a legal intern for the Community Justice Project.

About Jodi-Ann Tillman

Jodi-Ann Tillman is an attorney in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Intellectual Property practice group. Jodi concentrates her practice in the areas of copyright and trademark transactional work; trademark counseling and strategy, clearance, prosecution and enforcement; and the management of multi-national trademark portfolios in a wide range of industries. In addition, she represents clients in intellectual property disputes before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, in domain name disputes, and in federal court litigation.

About the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners — the leadership of the profession — who have pledged themselves, through our Leaders at the Front initiative and other means, to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Our action programs are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture the talent in society and within our organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. By producing tangible results in our institutions, we work to promote inclusiveness in our organizations, our circles of influence, and our society, with the ultimate goal of building a more equitable and diverse legal profession.

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