Immediate Past President of Richards, Layton & Finger, Doneene Damon, Named Chief Diversity Director

December 20, 2022

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (December 20, 2022) – Doneene Keemer Damon, Immediate Past President and a director of Richards, Layton & Finger, will now serve as the law firm’s Chief Diversity Director, effective immediately.  In her new role, Doneene will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including through the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Network, the Women’s Initiative, and the Wellness Initiative.

“Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been at Richards, Layton & Finger from the start,” said Richards Layton President, Lisa Schmidt.  “As Chief Diversity Director, Doneene will continue to focus on broadening and deepening our DE&I strategy,” she continued.

Diversity and inclusion at Richards Layton are core institutional commitments.  The firm values the philosophy that talent comes in every form, and that working in an inclusive manner enhances our firm, our lawyers, our clients, and our community.  Richards, Layton & Finger was the first major Delaware law firm with a female partner, an African American partner, and a South East Asian partner, and one of the first with a Hispanic partner.  Leadership at the firm today continues to highlight our commitment to diversity, including President Lisa Schmidt, Immediate Past President Doneene Damon (who was the first African American woman to serve as president of a major Delaware law firm), General Counsel Anne Foster, Associate General Counsel Marcos Ramos, and numerous department chairs, practice group leaders, and committee chairs.

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Delaware’s largest law firm and one of its oldest, Richards, Layton & Finger helps sophisticated clients navigate complex issues and the intricacies of Delaware law.  We advise global companies, business partnerships, leading financial institutions, local businesses, and individuals across a wide range of practices, including corporate law, alternative entities, commercial law, bankruptcy and restructuring, and litigation.

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