Kelley Drye Names Denise Smith and Alina Mejer Schechner as 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow and Pathfinder
February 10, 2020
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP today announced that it has named Denise Smith as a Fellow and Alina Mejer Schechner as a Pathfinder to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The Fellows Program was created by LCLD to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Complimenting this, the Pathfinders Program is designed to train high-performing early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies including leadership and the building of professional networks.

“Kelley Drye is proud to name Denise and Alina as our 2020 LCLD Fellow and Pathfinder, and we are honored to participate in these inspired programs once again,” said Dana Rosenfeld, Managing Partner of Kelley Drye.  “The selection of these two lawyers reflects their leadership potential and we look forward to their growth in the legal profession and at Kelley Drye.”

Based in Washington, D.C., Denise is special counsel in Kelley Drye’s Communications practice representing telecommunications companies before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state regulatory agencies. Denise’s practice also includes advising clients regarding FCC and state regulations applicable to transactional matters such as transfers of control, mergers and asset purchases.

Alina is based in Kelley Drye’s New York office and serves as an associate in the Litigation practice, focusing on commercial and complex civil litigation.  She has been involved in some of the firm’s recent high-profile cases, assisting clients during all stages of a litigation, including disputes involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and bankruptcies.

Kelley Drye was recognized as a 2019 Compass Award Winner during the October 2019 LCLD annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  The Compass Award is reserved for the most active LCLD Member Corporations and Law Firms.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more divers and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD programs have trained thousands of attorneys since its inception. For more information, visit