February 24, 2022Press Release

Michael Best Names Elizabeth Prendergast as Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

Michael Best has chosen Elizabeth A. Prendergast to be a member of the 2022 class of Fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. 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. Prendergast is one of 426 new Fellows named to the 2022 class.

“We are thrilled to have Beth represent the firm in the LCLD Fellows program,” said David Krutz, Firm Managing Partner. “She has shown a steadfast commitment to leadership and relationship-building throughout her career at Michael Best, and I am confident Beth will continue to evolve our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, so we can continue serving our clients in a well-rounded manner.”

LCLD President Robert J. Grey Jr. added that, while the LCLD Fellows program “requires a serious time commitment from its participants, they will come away from it having learned from top leaders in the legal profession, as well as experts in the fields of learning and development and executive coaching, on what it means to be a leader.

Incoming Fellows will participate in virtual and in-person class meetings, with opportunities to interact with key legal and business leaders of large U.S. corporations, and leadership lunches hosted by LCLD Member organizations featuring a managing partner or general counsel. Celebrating 11 years, the LCLD Fellows program has built a reputation for helping to launch participants into chief legal positions. More than 50 alumni of the program have become general counsel, managing partners or judges, or have opened their own firms since their fellowship year.

Fellows are selected by the general counsel and managing partners at LCLD member corporations and law firms. Within their organizations, Fellows have distinguished themselves from others by being deeply engaged, indispensable to key clients and teams, invested in attorney mentoring and professional development, and on a trajectory towards leadership positions.

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