Press Release

Morgan Lewis Lawyers Selected by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity as Fellow and Pathfinders

Monday, March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON DC, March 1, 2021: The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has selected Morgan Lewis partner Elizabeth Khoury Ali as a 2021 Fellow and associates Sariyah Buchanan and Andriette Roberts as 2021 Pathfinders.

Elizabeth will participate in LCLD’s program created to identify, train, and advance the legal profession’s next generation of leaders. The yearlong program focuses on “relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership and the best teachers in the business.”

Elizabeth represents leading financial institutions and corporate borrowers in commercial finance transactions spanning a number of industries and business sectors. Her practice focuses on syndicated debt, asset-based, mezzanine, and acquisition financings; multinational credit facilities; and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) loan transactions.

Sariyah and Andriette will participate in the LCLD Pathfinders program, which trains high-performing, up-and-coming lawyers in critical career development strategies, including leadership skills and professional network building.

Sariyah’s practice focuses on helping employers navigate complex issues related to the design and governance of their employee benefit plans. She also helps financial institutions that offer individual retirement accounts and annuities (IRAs)—including SEP and SIMPLE IRAs—to design governing documents and resolve operational issues. Additionally, Sariyah counsels clients on ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance, US Department of Labor and IRS examinations, and benefits issues arising in corporate transactions.

Andriette advises companies from small startups to global conglomerates on issues arising in the employment relationship. She handles cases involving employee allegations of sexual harassment; defamation; the denial of employee benefits; discrimination based on age, race, sex, national origin, and disability; whistleblower claims; wrongful discharge; and related matters.

Founded in 2009, LCLD includes more than 320 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession.