Kilpatrick Townsend adds chief diversity and inclusion officer

Atlanta’s fourth largest law firm has hired a chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Yendelela Neely Holston is returning to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in the newly created C-suite position and as partner on the firm’s Labour & Employment team after departing from the firm in 2015 to join AT&T. There Holston was assistant vice president – senior legal counsel.

In her previous stint with Kilpatrick Townsend from 2006 to 2015, Holston was an associate and then a Labour & Employment Team partner.

“We are excited to welcome Yendelela back to the Firm,” said J. Henry Walker IV, chair of the international law firm. “Having previously worked with her for a decade, we know she is an extremely talented and skilled attorney with an unwavering commitment to making the legal profession more inclusive and diverse. Her successful and positive experience as an in-house counsel will help her bring valuable insight into client service and will be a great resource to the firm.”

Walker continued, “As the Firm’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Yendelela will help lead our efforts to become an even more diverse and inclusive law firm. I look forward to working closely with her and the Diversity and Inclusion Council as we continue to build on our diversity and inclusion success. We are very focused on creating an inclusive environment where the top level talent can develop and succeed.”

Holston said, “I am honoured to return to Kilpatrick Townsend — a firm that has a rich history of being on the forefront of diversity stretching back to its days of representing Martin Luther King, Sr. in the 1960s. I wanted to be a part of a firm that is actively engaged in supporting a diverse workforce and is serious about making it a part of its culture.”

She added, “I look forward to utilizing the knowledge that I gained from an industry leader in diversity, AT&T, where I was an active contributor to the legal department’s efforts to increase diversity in the legal pipeline. I am also excited about re-joining the Labour & Employment Team to help serve its tremendous clients.”

Holston won a Community Champion award in the 2018 Corporate Counsel Awards presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton ranks No. 4 on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 50 Law Firms list in its 2017-2018 Book of Lists, with 203 attorneys and 462 staff in Atlanta, and 650 attorneys across 19 offices worldwide.