Leslie Richards-Yellen

Leslie Richards-Yellen

Advisor

Leslie Richards-Yellen has joined the Hogan Lovells New York office as the Director of Inclusion – Americas in October 2016. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Richards-Yellen served as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. She was also a partner in the firm’s Business & Commercial Transactions practice where she focused on public finance. Before Hinshaw, Ms. Richards-Yellen was an officer and associate general counsel with a leading mutual fund company, where she was appointed by senior management to serve on the Code of Ethics Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Training Committee.

Ms. Richards-Yellen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Drake University, a juris doctor degree from Cornell and later worked as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law in New York.

Active in the legal community, Ms. Richards-Yellen is a member of the American Bar Foundation, a board member of The Chicago Committee and Vice President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). She is a lifetime member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association, a board member of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, and served as general counsel of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators from 1991-1993. During this period she was also an advisor to the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Recognized by numerous organizations for her work in diversity and inclusion, Leslie’s honors include the “Woman of Excellence Award” from the Chicago Defender in 2010 and the “President’s Award” from the Cook County Bar Association in 2008 and 2010 for her work with the first-year minority law students’ reception.

Leslie Richards-Yellen has served in the public finance arena since 2007 as borrower’s and issuer’s counsel and work out counsel. In addition to her practice, Ms. Richards-Yellen is a partner and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she is a member of Hinshaw’s Executive Committee, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and a co-chair of the Attorney Life Committee. Prior to her position at Hinshaw, Ms. Richards-Yellen was an officer and associate general counsel with a leading mutual fund company, where she was appointed by senior management to serve on the Code of Ethics Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Training Committee.

Ms. Richards-Yellen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Drake University, a juris doctor degree from Cornell and later worked as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law in New York.

Active in the legal community, Ms. Richards-Yellen is a member of the American Bar Foundation, a board member of The Chicago Committee and Vice President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). She is a lifetime member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association, a board member of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, and served as general counsel of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators from 1991-1993. During this period she was also an advisor to the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Recognized by numerous organizations for her work in diversity and inclusion, Leslie’s honors include the “Woman of Excellence Award” from the Chicago Defender in 2010 and the “President’s Award” from the Cook County Bar Association in 2008 and 2010 for her work with the first-year minority law students’ reception.

Leslie Richards-Yellen was appointed Commission to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2014 and served until the end of 2016. She also served as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee during this period. In January 2017, she was appointed Advisor to the Commission.