The Black General Counsel 2025 Initiative would like to thank our sponsors for all of their invaluable support:

The law firm of Thompson Hine LLP for its financial support that made the website possible, and for providing on-going administrative, technical, and PR support. Visit the firm’s website at to learn more about their legal services.


Special thanks to: Alston & Bird, Beveridge & Diamond, Lloyd Johnson (CEO of the Chief Legal Executive LLC), and Cooley LLP for their on-going support of the 2025 Initiative’s programs through in-kind administrative support, program planning, selection of speakers, and publicizing of the Initiative’s efforts. We also thank the leadership of the National Bar Association and the National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section for their ongoing support since the beginning of the Initiative.

Many thanks to The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) for its annual “Survey of Fortune 500 Minority General Counsel” cataloguing the current list of minority and women GCs, which served as a key inspiration and an invaluable resource for this Initiative, and for providing data, advice and other support to the Initiative. MCCA has been the leader in developing programming to prepare minority lawyers to become GCs.

We also thank the executive recruiting firms of Heidrick & Struggles, Major Lindsey & Africa, Korn Ferry, Spencer Stuart, Crossdale Paul LLC, Gojo Partners, Protegee Search and Bridge Partners for providing advice to the Cohort on the GC job search process, reviewing resumes, conducting mock interviews, and for their input on the Ideal Core Criteria for General Counsel.

And a final thanks to the individual partners of the following firms who gave their time to speak to and prepare materials for the participants in our programs: Deloitte, Reed Smith, Dentons, Jones Day, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Duane Morris LLP.