Selendy Gay Associates Named 2024 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders


Selendy Gay Associates Named 2024 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders

Associates Nafeesah Attah and Manuel Valderrama were named 2024 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders. Pathfinders are identified as early-career emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds who have distinguished themselves within their organizations. LCLD is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have pledged themselves to create a more diverse legal profession.

The seven-month Pathfinder program provides participants from LCLD Member organizations with the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal profession as well as career development experts and is designed to connect and train high-potential, early-career attorneys from diverse backgrounds with foundational leadership skills and relationship-building resources.

Nafeesah Attah has extensive experience in white-collar defense, regulatory enforcement, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation. She earned her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, where she was a Senior Articles Editor for the Howard Law Journal. During her time in law school, she was a research assistant for the Federal Judiciary Center.

Manuel Valderrama handles a broad range of complex litigation matters, with particular expertise in international arbitration. Manuel earned a Bachelor of Law, summa cum laude, from Universidad de Chile and a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Manuel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Jorge Dahm of the Supreme Court of Chile and received a Certificate of International Commercial Arbitration from the International Academy for Arbitration Law.