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Carlton Fields Attorneys Named to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows and Pathfinders Programs

Carlton Fields is pleased to announce that Miami Shareholder Yolanda P. Strader was named a 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow and Tampa attorney Brian C. Porter was named a 2020 LCLD Pathfinder. LCLD is a premier national organization that provides opportunities for women and minority in-house counsel to connect with women and minority law firm partners and senior associates through its Fellows and Pathfinder programs. 

Carlton Fields has been a member of LCLD since 2009, when the organization was founded. Carlton Fields President and CEO Gary L. Sasso has served on LCLD’s board of directors and co-chaired the Fellows Program. Carlton Fields’ past LCLD Fellows include Christopher O. Aird, Lori Baggett, Fentrice D. Driskell, Kristin A. Gore, M. Derek Harris, Jin Liu, and Alana Zorrilla-Gaston. Strader is a past Pathfinder, along with Gregory Boulos, Dana Chaaban, and Daniel G. Enriquez. Boulos currently serves as LCLD Miami City Lead.

Strader handles a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including class actions, real property disputes, business torts such as fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, business divorces, breach of contracts, creditors' rights, bankruptcy litigation, and consumer finance issues implicating a number of statutory regimes, such as the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). 

Porter is a litigator whose practice focuses in the areas of construction and business litigation. He represents homebuilders, general contractors, subcontractors, and manufacturers in matters involving construction defects, impact and delay claims, construction liens, bond claims, and contract disputes. He has defended his clients against multimillion-dollar claims involving breach of contract, indemnity, breach of express and implied warranties, building code violations, payment disputes, delay claims, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and various negligence claims. 

About the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity: Founded in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has grown to an organization of more than 320 members who serve as either general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation's leading law firms. United by a spirit of activism and personal commitment, LCLD members participate widely in the programs they've created — leading by example, taking action, and challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership.

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