Three Nutter Lawyers Join Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2022 Fellows and Pathfinders ProgramsPrint PDF
Nutter is pleased to announce that Micah Miller, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department, has been named a member of the 2022 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows. In addition, Ritika Bhakhri, an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, and Guru Laxmikanthan, Ph.D., an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, have been named members of the 2022 class of LCLD Pathfinders.
As a Fellow, Miller will participate in virtual and in-person class meetings with key legal and business leaders of large U.S. corporations as well as in leadership lunches hosted by LCLD Member organizations featuring a managing partner or general counsel. Launched in 2011, the Fellows program is an intensive, year-long professional development program that mentors the legal industry’s diverse leaders of tomorrow. Designed for lawyers with eight to 15 years of experience, the program connects high-potential attorneys with leading general counsel and managing partners, and their peers for mentoring and career guidance.
Drawing on his experience as a software engineer, Miller frequently counsels clients in a variety of industries on their complex IP matters and disputes. He has significant trial experience throughout the country in patent cases concerning a broad range of technologies. Committed to pro bono efforts, Miller has served as pro bono counsel in immigration, abuse prevention order, and civil rights matters. He also serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.
Bhakhri and Laxmikanthan will participate in Pathfinders, a seven-month professional program designed to train high-performing, early-career attorneys on foundational leadership and relationship-building. The program provides participants with the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal profession along with experts in the fields of learning and development and executive coaching.
Bhakhri focuses her practice on advising clients in a broad range of matters, including product liability litigation, labor and employment, business litigation, and SEC investigations. In 2021, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) named Bhakhri as its “Boston Pro Bono Advocate of the Year.” She also serves on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston and Citizens for Juvenile Justice.
Laxmikanthan advises clients on patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate analysis in Series A, B, and C funding, interference proceedings, and infringement enforcement strategies in the fields of biochemistry, immunology, molecular and structural biology, and small molecules. A member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, he received the Outstanding Pre-Doctoral Fellow Research Award from the American Heart Association.
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have pledged themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Its action programs are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture the talent in society and within organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. By producing tangible results in institutions, LCLD works to promote inclusiveness with the ultimate goal of building a more equitable and diverse legal profession.
Nutter is a Boston-based law firm that provides legal counsel to industry-leading companies, early stage entrepreneurs, institutions, foundations, and families, across the country and around the world. The firm’s business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates practices are national in scope. The firm was co-founded in 1879 by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, before his appointment to the Court. For more information, please visit www.nutter.com and follow the firm on LinkedIn.