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Pepper Hamilton LLP
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Philadelphia, Pa. – August 15, 2011 – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Kassem L. Lucas has been named the firm’s Partner in Charge of Diversity. Mr. Lucas will be in charge of Pepper Hamilton’s firm-wide diversity initiatives and programs and will continue to co-chair the firm’s Diversity Committee, along with Andrew R. Rogoff. Part of Mr. Lucas’ goals and responsibilities will be to develop strategic initiatives to recruit, support, retain and promote attorneys from diverse backgrounds, maintain diversity and inclusion as a core value of the firm, and seek opportunities to partner with the community and clients on diversity initiatives and business development.
Mr. Lucas said, “I am honored that my partners have asked me to assume this responsibility. Our leadership believes that strengthening our firm’s diversity is a key to our continued success. Maintaining successful diversity and inclusion programs is an ongoing process that requires a strong commitment from firm management and participation from all of our lawyers and staff. I look forward to the challenge.”
Pepper Hamilton Executive Partner, Robert E. Heideck, said, “We are committed to making further strides in our diversity achievements, and we work continuously to expand and promote opportunities for diverse attorneys at Pepper. Kassem has been a leader in diversity programs both within and outside of the firm and is a natural choice to spearhead our ongoing efforts.”
Mr. Lucas is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, reinsurance law and arbitration, insurance counseling and insurance insolvency. He also serves on the firm’s Associates Committee and has served as co-chair of the firm’s Summer Associate Committee and as a mentor to summer associates and junior associates.
Mr. Lucas is a Fellow of the Leadership Counsel for Legal Diversity’s Fellows Program, which is intended to help diversify the legal profession by producing attorneys with strong leadership and networking skills who are committed to fostering diversity within their individual institutions. He also has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a “Diverse Attorney of the Year” featured in its 2011 Diversity Supplement.
Mr. Lucas was named a member of the Stakeholder 100 Class of 2007, a list of top performing associates of color at law firms throughout the United States. He received the 2007 Distinguished Young Lawyer Award from the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, and was named the Craig M. Perry Community Service Award recipient by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2006. In addition, he was named one of the “Lawyers on the Fast Track” in Pennsylvania by American Lawyer Media in 2005 and was selected for inclusion on the 2011 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list.
Mr. Lucas is a graduate of Temple University School of Law’s evening program and Yale University.
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