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Hanson Bridgett Associates David Casarrubias and Nicholas Yang Selected as Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders

March 7, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) – Hanson Bridgett LLP is pleased to announce that associates David Casarrubias and Nicholas Yang have been named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders for 2023. A multifaceted program produced by LCLD, the Pathfinder program provides participants with the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal profession as well as career development experts. Over the course of seven months, the program is designed to train high-performing attorneys who are early in their careers on foundational leadership and relationship-building skills.

The Pathfinder program, conceived as a supplement to training initiatives already in place at LCLD Member corporations and law firms, provides participants with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks, leadership skills and an understanding of career development strategies. In addition to full class programming, each participant is placed in a small group that is led by a Program Facilitator who serves as a mentor to help the Pathfinder connect what they learn in the program to the organization at which they work.

LCLD President Robert J. Grey Jr. said, “Much thought and research is behind the design of the Pathfinder program, which will serve to advance high-potential diverse attorneys to the next level of their careers.”

Selected by leaders at LCLD Member corporations and law firms, Pathfinders have been identified as diverse, early-career emerging leaders who have distinguished—or have the potential to distinguish—themselves within their organizations.

David Casarrubias

Casarrubias is a member of Hanson Bridgett’s General Litigation and Appellate Practice groups. As a generalist, he provides unique and creative solutions to his clients with a fresh and unbounded perspective. Casarrubias has experience representing government agencies throughout California in complex and multi-party litigation. He also represents private businesses and individuals in a variety of matters. While his practice focuses primarily on law and motion and appellate litigation, he has experience handling matters at all stages of litigation. Notably, Casarrubias has handled numerous evidentiary hearings, played a key role in the bench trial of a certified class action to a favorable defense judgment, and has also first chaired a jury trial to a unanimous defense verdict. He is currently on the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches legal research and writing, and appellate advocacy courses.

Nicholas Yang

Yang is a member of Hanson Bridgett's Litigation and Insurance Recovery sections. His experience includes conducting and defending depositions, preparing pleadings, mediation briefs, discovery requests/responses, and pre-trial motions for litigation cases in multiple states. Yang is also skilled in handling various motions, oppositions, and replies including demurrers, preliminary injunctions, and ex-parte motions, among others.

About The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners—the leadership of the profession—who have pledged themselves, through our Leaders at the Front initiative and other means, to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Our action programs are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture the talent in society and within our organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. By producing tangible results in our institutions, we work to promote inclusiveness in our organizations, our circles of influence, and our society, with the ultimate goal of building a more equitable and diverse legal profession.

About Hanson Bridgett

Hanson Bridgett LLP is a full service AmLaw 200 law firm with more than 200 attorneys across California. Creating a diverse workforce by fostering an atmosphere of belonging and intentional support has been a priority at Hanson Bridgett since its founding in 1958. We are dedicated to creating an environment that provides opportunities for people with varied backgrounds, both for attorneys and administrative professionals. As the first law firm recognized as a certified B Corp, we are committed to the communities where our employees live and work and consider it part of our professional obligation to serve justice by encouraging and supporting pro bono and social impact work.

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David Casarrubias
David Casarrubias-González
Senior Counsel
San Francisco, CA
Nicholas Yang
Nicholas Yang
San Francisco, CA