Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of Jesse S. Lotay, Josué J. Galván, and Eric Wong to participate in two training programs offered by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).
“As a long-time participant in the LCLD’s programs, the Firm has seen a number of attorneys, including myself, who have had the distinct opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and build their professional networks through this diversity-focused organization,” said L. Suzan Kedron, chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “Jesse, Josué, and Eric are all high-performing attorneys who have demonstrated strong potential to step into leadership positions, which is a key area that our D&I Committee is focused on addressing. We are pleased that they were included in this year’s class.”
“Jesse, Josué, and Eric are all high-performing attorneys who have demonstrated strong potential to step into leadership positions, which is a key area that our D&I Committee is focused on addressing.”
In March 2021, Jesse joins the Fellows Program, which focuses on high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds. The program will consist of class meetings, learning experiences, leadership lunches, and events facilitating professional development and networking opportunities. For the first time, the program will be conducted virtually. Upon completing the program, Fellows are eligible to join the Fellows Alumni Network to help plan and participate in CLE, mentoring, pro bono, and LCLD Member development programs.
Josué and Eric will begin their participation in the Pathfinder Program in April 2021. The professional development series provides early-career diverse attorneys with foundational leadership skills, career development strategies, and tips on building professional networks and relationships. Throughout the program, Pathfinders will attend two virtual class meetings, one regional virtual meeting, e-Modules, Compass Conversations, and meetings with peer circles and a program facilitator. Like the Fellows Program, the Pathfinder Program will be held virtually.
Formed in 2009, the LCLD is an organization of more than 275 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. The LCLD’s action programs, which span the journey from law school to partnership, are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture talent in society and within its organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys rise to positions of leadership.
Jesse, Josué, and Eric join an ever-growing list of Jackson Walker attorneys who have participated in the LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder programs, including:
- Fellows—Jamila Brinson (2020), Marisela Peña Gonzalez (2019), Suzan Kedron (2014), Christopher Mugica (2013), Jorge Padilla (2018), and Nathaniel St. Clair, II (2017).
- Pathfinders—Shelisa Brock (2019), Amanda Crouch (2020), Judy Bennett Garner (2018), Shari Mao (2017), James McFall (2016), Lindsey Moorhead (2018), and Jeremy Sheng (2020).
Jackson Walker is proud to continue to support and participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Notably, last year was the third time in Firm history that LCLD recognized Jackson Walker among the top 20% of law firms as a 2020 Top Performer. To explore The Firm’s commitment to partnering with organizations like LCLD, visit the Diversity & Inclusion page.
Houston partner Jesse S. Lotay focuses on the areas of oil and gas infrastructure and commodities and derivatives. He represents clients on business and transactional matters and works with clients as a strategic partner to accomplish business objectives, meet critical deadlines, and maximize financial results. Jesse’s practice includes advising clients on pipeline gathering and transportation, gas processing, energy-related mergers and acquisitions, energy-based commodities, derivatives, and other structured products, marketing and trading activities, and financially and physically settled hedging transactions.
In addition to his role as a partner and leader of the Commodities & Derivatives team at Jackson Walker, Jesse serves on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.
San Antonio associate Josué J. Galván handles a wide range of litigation matters in state and federal court, including insurance disputes, construction litigation, financial services litigation, and products liability litigation. Since 2019, Josué has been recognized among Scene in S.A.’s “Best S.A. Lawyers” list for Business Litigation. Outside of his practice, Josué serves as a director of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, from which he received the President’s Award of Merit last year for his service to District 18.
Dallas associate Eric Wong is a litigation, media law, and intellectual property attorney. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling news and entertainment clients, and has represented a variety of media entities in access, copyright, trademark, defamation, and other disputes. Outside of his practice, Eric serves as Chair of the Texas Chapter of The Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA) and has volunteered his time with the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.