Two Downey Brand Attorneys Accepted Into Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Programs

February 8, 2022

Downey Brand is happy to announce that senior associate Hina Gupta and associate Tyler Horn have both been accepted into the 2022 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) Fellows and Pathfinder programs respectively.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are committed to “leading by example, taking action, and challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership.” In addition to the overarching organization, several programs within the LCLD umbrella are designed to assist younger attorneys as they gain experience, such as the LCLD Fellows Program and the LCLD Pathfinders Program. The candidates for these professional development programs are nominated by LCLD members.

Hina Gupta was officially accepted into the LCLD Fellows program, which began in 2011 and is designed to provide Fellows with professional and personal development, leadership training, and relationship-building opportunities. Fellows are selected based on their demonstrated leadership skills, impact within their respective organizations, community engagement, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this program that has served as a valuable resource for professional development and the advancement of diverse attorneys,” Hina said, adding, “I look forward to getting to know and network with my peers in this year’s LCLD Fellows program!”

Hina is a land use and environmental law attorney based out of Downey Brand’s San Francisco office where she helps both public and private sector clients on a wide variety of land use and environmental issues, including compliance with local planning and zoning laws, California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, the California Coastal Act, local municipal and election laws, and brownfield redevelopment. Hina is also a skilled litigator and an editor and frequent contributor to the Environmental, Energy & Climate Change Law and Regulation Reporter.

Tyler Horn was officially accepted into the LCLD Pathfinders program, which aims to provide Pathfinders with practical tools for developing internal professional networks through relationship-building skills, foundational leadership skills, and an understanding of career development strategies applicable to both in-house and law firm practice. Pathfinders are selected based on their legal tenure, which is expected to be three-to-seven years of practice experience.

“I am excited to join LCLD’s Pathfinders program and its diverse network of legal professionals to gain additional perspectives on how to best advance and foster the development of diversity at Downey Brand and our legal community in general,” Tyler said.

Tyler is a member of the firm’s litigation practice in Sacramento and Stockton where he works to develop solutions specific to each client, whether it be during pre-litigation demands, mediation, post-trial, or following settlement discussions. His wide client base involves clients from industries such as construction to municipalities to real estate entities.