Kassem L. Lucas is a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Lucas concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, reinsurance law and arbitration, insurance counseling and insurance insolvency.
Mr. Lucas has experience in other areas of the law. He has a pro bono practice in family law, where he has represented clients in child custody and child support matters, and he has also worked on labor and employment matters.
In 2011, Mr. Lucas was named Pepper’s Partner in Charge of Diversity. Mr. Lucas is in charge of Pepper Hamilton’s firm-wide diversity initiatives and programs and also co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee. His responsibilities include developing strategic initiatives to recruit, support, retain and promote attorneys from diverse backgrounds, maintaining diversity and inclusion as core values of the firm, and seeking opportunities to partner with the community and clients on diversity initiatives and business development.
Mr. Lucas is a member of the firm’s Associates and Hiring Committees and a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group’s Associates Progress Committee. He is active in the firm’s recruiting efforts and participates in the Summer Associate program and interviewing process. He has served as co-chair of the Summer Associate Committee and as a mentor to summer associates and junior associates. He also has served on the firm’s Associate Liaison Committee. Mr. Lucas was a partner-mentor for Eli Lilly’s Preferred Outside Counsel Inaugural Diverse Associate Summit in May 2010.
Mr. Lucas also started and teaches a class at the University of Pennsylvania Law School entitled Diversity in the Legal Profession. During the class, students explore how diversity and inclusion play roles in the practice of law, the legal industry, and the attorney pipeline. They learn how diversity is defined today and whether that has consequences for traditionally under-represented groups such as people of color and members of the LGBT community. Students explore whether issues faced by women are unique and whether being a woman of color poses any additional challenges. They also look at hot topics such as implicit bias, generational diversity, and gender identity. They examine the roles of affinity groups, straight white males and vendors.
Mr. Lucas is also a frequent speaker at conferences and events on topics related to diversity and inclusion in the legal field including: