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Sharon Calhoun Selected for 2020 LCLD Fellows Program

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Barack Ferrazzano is pleased to announce Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups partner Sharon E. Calhoun has been selected for the 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity ("LCLD") Fellows Program. Launched in 2011, LCLD's landmark Fellows Program identifies high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds and sets them on the path to leadership within their organizations.

Joining the Firm in 2007, Sharon has blazed a trail through the legal industry ever since. In the courtroom, Sharon combines her skill and experience as a trial attorney with her knowledge of intellectual property law to actively assist clients in identifying, protecting, valuing, and preserving their intellectual property assets. She assists companies with global trademark portfolio management and works with them to increase the value of their IP assets. In addition to being part of the team that brought Fenty Beauty by Rihanna — one of TIME magazine’s “25 Best Inventions of 2017” — to life, Sharon has represented nationwide dental chains by defending their family of trademarks across the country, was a key member of the Barack Ferrazzano team that defended Hublot of America, Inc. over a trademark dispute surrounding the term "red gold," and co-led the team that successfully represented Fendi in a domain name dispute brought before an administrative panel at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

An active member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee, Sharon became co-chair in 2014. She worked closely with Barack Ferrazzano’s managing partner and several members of the Firm’s Management Committee to revamp and strengthen the Firm’s D&I initiatives. Sharon also is active with the Firm Pro Bono Committee and President of BFKN Foundation, the Firm’s employee-funded charitable organization. She leads its community outreach efforts – including with KIPP Ascend Primary, an open enrollment public charter school serving underprivileged students in grades K-4 in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. The Firm’s partnership with KIPP is centered around an annual coat drive providing winter essentials to approximately 600 children who would otherwise go without.

Within LCLD, Sharon joins 300+ like-minded individuals in representing the leadership of the legal profession who have dedicated themselves to diversification and progress, and will serve as mentors to the class of Fellows who follow them.

About Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

LCLD is an organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners — the leadership of the profession — who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Their action programs are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture the talent in society and within legal organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. By producing tangible results in the lives of talented individuals, they work to promote inclusiveness in legal institutions, circles of influence, and society, with the ultimate goal of building a more open and diverse legal profession.

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