WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP attorney Vivian Coates has been selected as a 2019 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The purpose of the LCLD Fellows Program is to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “a year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership and the best teachers in the business.”

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program, which has trained more than 1,600 mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives.

This is the second consecutive year that Womble Bond Dickinson has had an LCLD Fellow, as Sonny Haynes was selected as a 2018 Fellow.

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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.