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Butler Snow Joins Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Butler Snow Joins Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Memphis Attorney Will Perry Selected for Council’s Fellows Program


RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 27, 2017 – Butler Snow is pleased to announce the firm has joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and that Gadson William Perry, an attorney in the firm’s Memphis office,  has been selected for the LCLD’s Fellows Program.

LCLD is an organization of more than 265 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. LCLD carries out its mission by implementing action programs which are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture diverse talent within their member organizations. By producing tangible results in the lives of talented individuals, the LCLD works to promote inclusiveness in institutions, circles of influence and society.

“The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization that we are proud to be a member of and we’re especially proud of Will’s selection to the Fellows program,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “The mission of the LCLD is one that we truly believe in and we’re excited that Will has been selected to represent the firm and garner this valuable experience.”

Launched in 2011, LCLD’s Fellows Program selects high-potential, mid-career attorneys from member organizations and sets them on a fast track to leadership through a year-long professional development regimen that includes in-person conferences, peer-group projects, and contact with LCLD’s top leadership.

Will is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Written & Appellate Advocacy Practice Groups. He has four years of experience resolving commercial legal disputes and spent one year clerking for the Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald, Circuit Judge, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Will has represented corporate and governmental clients in mediations, arbitrations, trials, and appeals in a wide range of federal and state jurisdictions that includes New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Washington. His current representations include breach of contract claims, business torts, data privacy, and healthcare industry engagements. Will was named a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers® in 2015 and 2016. A former middle school English teacher, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wake Forest University and received a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Will currently teaches legal writing as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He also serves as an editor of the firm’s BizLitNews Blog.