Sidley partners George C. Fatheree III and Lisa M. Gilford have been recognized as 2023 “Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The annual feature highlights “standout minority attorneys considered to be particularly impactful on the legal scene.”
George is regularly engaged in impact-focused matters, including representing the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce in a groundbreaking transaction involving the return of Bruce’s Beach, a property that was wrongly taken from the African American family via a racially motivated eminent domain action almost 100 years ago. George’s community leadership and service includes serving on the boards of Loyola Marymount University; Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3-mile outdoor museum and park system celebrating Black Los Angeles; the John M. Langston Bar Association; and the College View Foundation, which supports public school students with moderate-to-severe mental disabilities.
Lisa is focused on initiatives that uplift and advance women and minorities. She serves as Diversity Committee co-chair of Sidley’s Greater Los Angeles offices. Lisa also sits on the board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she is a member of the nominations committee and works with the organization on police reform and voting rights matters. She is actively involved with the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls, a nonprofit supporting the empowerment of girls in STEM, Health, Arts, Unity, and Neighborhoods.