Tampa, Fla. – March 4, 2014 – Carlton Fields Jorden Burt is pleased to announce that Tampa Shareholder Penelope A. Dixon was chosen by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to be a member of LCLD’s 2014 class of Fellows. LCLD created its Fellows program to identify, train, and advance diverse leaders in corporate legal departments and law firms.
“Penelope has earned this honor,” said Gary L. Sasso, President and CEO of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt and Board member of LCLD. “She joins a select group of experienced attorneys who have been recognized for their potential as leaders in their organizations.”
According to LCLD Board Chair Brad Smith, the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation, the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “a unique learning experience designed to empower a new generation of lawyers. These talented individuals have been singled out for leadership by their organizations, and represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds that are as diverse as the country they serve.”
At Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Dixon practices in products liability and general commercial litigation. She focuses primarily on the defense of individual and mass tort personal injury and wrongful death actions involving products, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, tobacco, automobiles, food, and supplements. She also has extensive experience in representing mortgage lenders and creditors in lender liability, loan servicing, and mortgage foreclosure litigation. She is also an accomplished and frequently sought after writer and speaker on various topics, including removal and remand procedures, hot topics in products liability litigation, and trial strategies.
Dixon is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations including the American Bar Association, currently serving as co-chair of Corporate Counsel Subcommittee of the Products Liability Committee, the National Bar Association, The Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and she is a graduate of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tampa Class of 2008. In 2011 she was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council.
She received her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Alcorn State University.
Founded in 2009, the LCLD is a growing national organization of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. Its goal is to help its member organizations find, hire, retain, promote, and engage the best talent. The Fellows initiative is one of several launched by LCLD since the organization’s founding in 2009. Other programs include a national mentoring initiative serving more than 2,000 mentors and mentees, a 1L Scholars program involving more than 200 first-year law students, and special programming for Members through CLE presentations and other platforms.
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s commitment to diversity is evidenced by its diversity awards. For five consecutive years, the firm ranked No. 1 in the country by Vault’s Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms for diversity with respect to women, diversity issues related to minorities, and overall diversity. Additionally, the firm is one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” a top ranking the firm received for five years in a row by the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.
About Carlton Fields Jorden Burt: Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has more than 370 attorneys and government consultants serving clients from offices in Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Hartford, Connecticut. The firm is known for its litigation practice, including class action defense, national trial practice, white collar representation, and high stakes appeals, and for handling sophisticated business transactions, corporate counseling, and regulatory practice for domestic and international clients. For additional information, visit www.CFJBLaw.com.