Washington, D.C. — Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Kevin Lyn, Sonny Haynes and Vivian Coates attended the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Annual Meeting on Sept. 24 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Lyn is Chair of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Diversity Committee, Haynes is a 2018 LCLD Fellow and Coates is a 2019 LCLD Fellow.

The LCLD is an organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to improving diversity in the legal profession, particularly within the leadership ranks. The meeting explored and discussed best practices in using artificial intelligence to expand talent pools, using technology to drive pay equity, collaborating for change and promoting diverse teams through collaboration.

“Listening to, and learning from, other 2019 Fellows as we discussed how to give effective performance feedback and hold accountability conversations gave me the tools to become a more effective leader,” Coates said. “These tools improve the law firm organization, create momentum to improve performance and productivity, and provide intentional support for a diverse and inclusive environment.”


Kevin Lyn is an experienced Intellectual Property attorney who helps clients prepare, prosecute and commercialize patents. He has counseled clients on matters related to mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, business method, software and Internet-related technologies. He serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Sonny Haynes uses her litigation experience to help clients meet their objectives, whether in federal and state courtrooms or at the negotiation table. Sonny’s litigation practice includes representing a variety of clients from complaint through verdict and on appeal. She has represented clients in both federal and state courts and has appellate experience in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and the Court of Appeals of North Carolina. Her skills and experience in pretrial litigation include extensive motion practice and expert witness development.

Vivian Coates advises businesses on securities and mergers and acquisitions transactions, with an emphasis on designing and implementing equity incentive plans and employment, severance, change-in-control and other compensation-related arrangements. She counsels public companies, private equity firms and emerging and late-stage private companies on securities and tax laws that impact executive compensation. Coates is a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.