Littler Selects New Leaders for Bollo Affinity Group

(March 26, 2024) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has appointed new leadership for its Bollo affinity group. Shareholders Kimberly N. Dobson (Long Island) and Kimberly J. Duplechain (Washington, D.C.) will serve as co-chairs, succeeding Shareholders Eric Mack (Providence) and LaToi Mayo (Lexington). Bollo provides support, development and networking opportunities for attorneys who identify as Black, African American, African, and Caribbean, and their allies. The group’s name comes from the Wolof tribe of Senegal, Africa, and means “to be together.”

“We are excited to have Kimberly and Kimberly take the reins of the Bollo affinity group, of which they both have been active members throughout their careers at Littler. We look forward to their contributions in their new roles as the group continues to expand its well-established career development and support offerings,” said Erin Webber, Littler’s managing director and president, and Paul Bateman, Chief Inclusion, Equity & Diversity Officer, in a joint statement. “We would also like to extend a sincere thanks to Eric and LaToi for their dedication and leadership – their guidance has been integral in the group’s growth and successes.”

Kimberly Dobson assists employers in a wide range of employment law matters, from discrimination and harassment litigation to compliance with federal, state and local laws. She also prepares and reviews employment policies, handbooks and agreements, and routinely counsels employers regarding disability leave management matters. Dobson is committed to the advancement of inclusion, equity and diversity (IE&D) both at Littler, through her work with Bollo, and across the legal industry, through her former position as Vice Chair of Programming for the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, and as a frequent speaker on the topics of IE&D and belonging at local and state bar association meetings and conferences. Dobson also conducts training sessions for employers seeking to provide valuable information and resources to their executives and employees related to these topics. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

As a member of Littler’s eDiscovery Group, Kimberly Duplechain counsels and advises the firm’s lawyers and their clients on electronic discovery and information governance processes and best practices nationwide. She ensures that electronic discovery is handled in a defensible and cost-effective manner, and routinely provides clients with innovative solutions to managing the proliferation of data in modern litigation. Duplechain has advocated for IE&D in the eDiscovery community and the broader legal profession by speaking and publishing on IE&D, and through her involvement with The Sedona Conference and the American Bar Association. She previously served as a mentor and volunteer in the Georgetown Street Law Program. Duplechain earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., cum laude, from Amherst College.

Littler’s affinity groups provide an inclusive community of support for attorneys through professional development and mentorship initiatives, as well as offering a forum for members to connect on a personal level. In addition to Bollo, Littler offers the following affinity groups that are open to all attorneys: Individuals with Disabilities, ‘Ohana (Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African and Pacific Islander), Pride (LGBTQIA+), Reunión (Latine, Latina, Latino, Hispanic and Spanish-speaking) and the Veterans Initiative. Additionally, Littler’s Women’s Leadership Initiative provide career advancement support and mentorship for the firm’s attorneys who identify as women.

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