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AbstoneLalley, Inc. Launches Diversity and Inclusion Division To Be Led by
Nationally-Renowned Expert, Dr. Dianne Piper, Esq.

Transformational leader in diversity and inclusion to serve as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for AbstoneLalley’s law firm and corporate clientel

 

CHICAGO – August 31, 2020 – AbstoneLalley, Inc., a national, Minority and Women-owned legal and corporate consulting firm, is excited to announce the expansion of our current consulting portfolio to provide measurable, meaningful support to our clientele in their quest to achieve diverse and inclusive workspaces. Renowned diversity and inclusion expert, Dr. Dianne Piper, Esq., has joined the company as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Advisor. In this role, Dr. Piper will provide seamless leadership for this expansion, specializing in multi-faceted diversity and inclusion consulting for Global 100 law firms, AmLaw 100 and 200 law firms, and Fortune 100 and 500 corporate legal executives. Dr. Piper’s expertise includes creating effectual external partnerships, neuro-diversity, comprehensive equity, policy design, religious accommodations, benchmarking, crisis management, and workplace equality.

“I have dedicated my entire career to advancing diverse, novel, equitable strategies that are measurable and meaningful,” said Dr. Dianne Piper. “Coupled with AbstoneLalley’s priorities, our natural collaboration will seamlessly advance our collective pursuit of inclusion across the legal profession. I am delighted to join Rodney Abstone-Carabajal and the entire AbstoneLalley team in assuring sustainable changes that will create positive impacts for our clientele and redefine the legal landscape.”

Although recent social unrest has again thrust the topic of diversity and inclusion into the spotlight, AbstoneLalley has been working to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession since its founding in 2012. AbstoneLalley’s CEO, Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal has been purposeful in promoting the need for inclusive initiatives through his work advising some of the world’s largest law firms to engage in the often difficult and uncomfortable conversations that are necessary to uncover issues and create real, meaningful change.

“Dr. Piper’s passion and lifelong commitment to access and opportunity, the rights of marginalized groups, and cultural dexterity is inspiring,” said Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal, CEO of AbstoneLalley, Inc. “I am extremely honored that Dr. Piper has joined AbstoneLalley. Dr. Piper is a proven leader and innovative problem solver. Throughout her career, she has confronted systemic bias, informed leaders and shaped resistant mindsets into cultural shifts for law firms, Fortune 500 corporations, faith-based organizations, and higher education. We are excited that we can now provide her unique forte, dynamic global experiences, and elite expertise to our clients.”

Dr. Piper is fluent in civil, human, gender, and LGBTQ rights, as well as the delivery of integrated strategies and cohesive approaches that assure inclusive, highly-engaged workspaces that inform all facets of the employee experience. A licensed attorney and federally-certified mediator, Dr. Piper has lectured around the globe on social justice impacts, neuro-diversity, othering, intersectionality, and gender identity. Dr. Piper holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of the State of New York, Regents College in Albany, NY; a Master of Arts in mass communications from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA; a Juris Doctorate from the Southern Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA; and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland, University College in Adelphi, MD; and numerous professional certifications.

For more information about AbstoneLalley, Inc. or the company’s diversity recruiting or consulting services, please visit AbstoneLalley.com.

About AbstoneLalley, Inc. AbstoneLalley, Inc., a Minority and Women-owned legal and corporate consulting firm with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, provides exceptional service and expertise to deliver effective leadership solutions for their clients throughout North and South America. Their extensive knowledge in the areas of legal and corporate executive recruiting, diversity recruiting, retention, and consulting, domestic and international law firm mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, and career counseling, has earned them a reputation of excellence. Their expertise enables them to maintain a sharp focus on key success factors, sound bottom-line management, and innovative quality client service in today’s highly competitive legal market. For more information, please visit AbstoneLalley.com.

Media Contact: Sara DeNio, Managing Shareholder, (312) 602-2549, sdenio@abstonelalley.com

 

AbstoneLalley, Inc. is extremely proud of its CEO & Majority Shareholder, Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal, for being selected as one of the 2020 Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy & Consulting.

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AbstoneLalley Advises Stephen Pugh on move to Burke Warren.

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AbstoneLalley, Inc.’s CEO Represents President Of One Of The Largest, Minority-Owned Law Firms In The U.S. In Transition To New Firm

Stephen H. Pugh of Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C. Joins Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.

 

CHICAGO – January 16, 2020 – AbstoneLalley, Inc., a national, minority-owned legal and corporate consulting firm, is proud to announce that its Chief Executive Officer, Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal served as a trusted advisor to Stephen H. Pugh, President of Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C., in his transition to Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Mr. Pugh, a nationally-recognized, award-winning trial attorney and public finance lawyer, joins Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella as a Shareholder, effective January 16, 2020.

 

“It was a tremendous honor when Stephen Pugh contacted me to represent him and his firm with their transition to a new firm,” said Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal, CEO of AbstoneLalley, Inc. “Mr. Pugh is a powerhouse Chicago lawyer and a true trailblazer. Working with him and his firm has been one of the highlights of my career.”

 

Since its founding in 2012, Mr. Abstone-Carabajal’s firm has developed a reputation for excellence rooted in its unwavering commitment to diversity. As demonstrated by its diverse team of consultants and inclusive work environment throughout North and South America, AbstoneLalley holds true to its mission to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. For these reasons, Mr. Abstone-Carabajal and his team continue to be sought out for their particular expertise in diversity recruitment and retention and lateral partner and practice group transitions and law firm mergers.

 

“After more than 28 years as a significant, diverse law firm in Chicago and New York, we owe a great deal of gratitude to our clients and to our former attorneys and staff,” said Stephen H. Pugh. “We now look forward to providing outstanding legal services with the dynamic firm of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.”

 

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella is a full service, mid-sized firm with a well-earned reputation within the Chicago business and legal communities and with capabilities and resources that extend around the globe. “Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella has a sincere commitment to improving the diversity landscape in law firms,” stated Abstone-Carabajal. “This is the primary reason I have very much enjoyed working with two of the firm’s Shareholders, John Stephens and Jeff Warren, on this initiative.” 

 

“Unlike many firms throughout Chicago that have gone the way of consolidation, Burke, Warren made the decision a number of years ago to remain an independent, mid-sized, full service firm,” said John P. Stephens, Shareholder of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella. “A key component to the sustainability of our business model is the continual addition of new talent to the firm. For several years now, we have been successful in attracting attorneys who are drawn to our collegial environment, culture of accountability, and full-service platform. However, we had a breakthrough when our firm was introduced to Rodney Abstone-Carabajal and his firm, AbstoneLalley. Not only does Rodney provide top-of-the-line service and connections to first-rate attorneys, he has been instrumental in introducing Burke, Warren, for the first time, to top tier minority attorneys, which aligns with our commitment to become a more diverse firm. The hiring of Steve Pugh is an important event in the history of our firm. Not only is he a prestigious attorney and leader in the legal profession, he has also successfully run one of the most notable minority-owned firms in the country. My colleagues and I are very happy to have him onboard, and look forward to working with him to further enhance the legal services we deliver to our clients.”

 

AbstoneLalley Co-Founder, Robert B. Lalley, Transitions to New Role...

AbstoneLalley, Inc. would like to extend our warmest well-wishes to Robert Lalley, one of its co-founders, as he moves on to pursue other interests. Bob has resigned his position as AbstoneLalley's CFO and Shareholder, but will continue with the company as a Consultant and member of the Advisory Board. Since the company was founded in 2012, Bob has been integral to the company's success and his impact to our management team will be missed.

 

AbstoneLalley, Inc. Opens New Office in South America

CHICAGO – December 5, 2018 – AbstoneLalley, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fast growing, minority-owned legal and corporate consulting firm adds its fifth location to current offices in Chicago (its headquarters), New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

 

“The economic climate throughout Latin America has improved significantly in recent years and has continued to develop and grow at a steady pace. This consistent economic growth has piqued interest in the region from the international business community,” said Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal, Majority Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer - South America of AbstoneLalley, Inc. “Global industries, such as finance, energy and mining, healthcare, telecommunications, and international trade, are paramount to the Latin American economies. For law firms looking to meet their clients’ growing needs and compete for business on a global scale, Latin America is an extremely attractive market.”

 

“Several of our clients such as Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Dentons, Skadden, and White & Case, have had thriving offices in South America for many years. My company will concentrate its efforts on bringing other large U.S. and European firms to the Latin America market by identifying merger and acquisition opportunities with already existing, Latin America-based law firms,” added Abstone-Carabajal.

 

Abstone-Carabajal recently relocated to South America to lead the company’s latest endeavor and to build a team of consultants for its Buenos Aires office. As Mr. Abstone-Carbajal focuses on developing the company’s presence in South America, AbstoneLalley’s Managing Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer – North America, Sara E. DeNio will lead the company’s operations in the United States.

 

“Over the past six years, AbstoneLalley has grown from a small, start-up to a nationally-recognized legal and corporate consulting firm,” said DeNio. “We have developed strong relationships with some of the nation’s leading law firms, and we remain focused on growing our presence in the United States. With the demand for lawyers projected to grow (10% for the next several years, according to some sources) to support expanding global economies, we continue to add talent to our team to best meet the needs of our clients throughout the U.S.”

 

American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal features AbstoneLalley, Inc.'s CEO and other legal industry leaders in an article about interviewing advice for new lawyers.

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National Law Journal features article on law firm diversity written by AbstoneLalley, Inc.'s CEO & National Partner Specialist.

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AbstoneLalley, Inc. Opens New Office in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO – August 25, 2015 – AbstoneLalley, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Washington, D.C. The fast growing, minority-owned and managed legal and corporate consulting firm, adds its fourth location to current offices in Chicago, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

"The increasing number of large law firms that have placed their headquarters or satellite offices in the nation's capital has created a very vibrant legal market in Washington, D.C.," said Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal, Chief Executive Officer of AbstoneLalley, Inc. "This office gives us a presence in one of the country's most active and competitive legal markets and continues our strategic growth to better serve our clients on the East Coast and throughout the U.S."

 

AbstoneLalley's Washington, D.C. office is led by Cheryl Kettler, Esq., National Partner Specialist and Bennett Lowenthal, International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, who relocated from the Chicago office to form the company's new office in D.C. The Washington office will benefit from their combined expertise and extensive knowledge of the D.C. legal and government communities.

 

Cheryl Kettler, National Partner Specialist – Lateral Acquisition of Partners and Practice Groups, has been a practicing lawyer for nearly 30 years. She began her legal career as a Washington, D.C. lawyer, and then moved to Chicago where she practiced at prominent firms, eventually becoming a shareholder. She also served as an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and DePaul University's College of Law in Chicago. In addition to her role with AbstoneLalley, Cheryl is currently a visiting professor at The George Washington University Law School.

 

Bennett Lowenthal, International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He has developed an extensive network, ranging from overseas business professionals and Washington, D.C. insiders to U.S. diplomatic and consular officials and foreign journalists. Bennett's practical experience navigating this network and 23-year career as a diplomat for the U.S. government allows him to serve as a trusted advisor to AbstoneLalley's clients.

 

"With the pace of lateral acquisitions and law firm mergers remaining strong, our clients have become increasingly more concerned with efficiency, predictability, and cost effectiveness," Abstone added. "Very few outside consulting firms have made meaningful changes to the traditional method of advising law firms with their growth strategies. AbstoneLalley has set out to change this – through a combination of three differentiating factors: high caliber expertise, personalized service, and a cost-effective pricing structure. AbstoneLalley is well-positioned to help law firms with their strategic growth endeavors."

 

For more information about AbstoneLalley, Inc., please visit www.AbstoneLalley.com or contact the Washington, D.C. office at (571) 399-5618.

 

AbstoneLalley, Inc. Joins Minority Corporate Counsel Association To Help Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

CHICAGO – March 11, 2015 – AbstoneLalley, Inc., a minority-owned and managed legal and corporate consulting firm with offices in Chicago, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, announced today that its legal department has been accepted as an in-house member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). This membership demonstrates AbstoneLalley’s commitment to diversity and broadens its resources to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. 

 

Diversity is fundamental to the mission of AbstoneLalley. AbstoneLalley prides itself on creating and maintaining an inclusive work environment. The company’s reputation for excellence stems, in part, from its particular expertise in assisting legal and corporate clients with diversity recruitment and retention. AbstoneLalley’s Chief Executive Officer, Rodney L. Abstone II, has advised some of the world’s largest law firms on developing diversity recruiting and retention plans.

 

“Although the legal profession has made measurable strides in diversity recruitment over the past decade, much improvement is still needed to accomplish inclusive retention,” said Rodney L. Abstone II, Chief Executive Officer of AbstoneLalley, Inc. “AbstoneLalley is passionate about representing law firms and corporate legal departments that demonstrate a sincere commitment to inclusive recruiting and, more importantly, retaining high caliber diversity attorneys at the associate and partner levels. To that end, we are honored to be an in-house member of the MCCA and to contribute to our shared endeavor of furthering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.” 

 

According to the latest law firm demographic findings from National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP), women and minority associates’ ranks continued to grow in 2014, having previously declined in 2010. However, the representation of African-American associates at large law firms has declined every year since 2010, even though they represent an increasing percentage of law school graduates. The same data shows that minority and women partners continued to make small gains in their representation among law firm partners as a whole in 2014. These findings suggest that continued advancement is vitally necessary.

 

Since its founding in 1997, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association has advocated for the expanded hiring, promotion, and retention of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and the law firms that they retain. The MCCA’s programs and initiatives focus on diversity management issues with an emphasis on the professional challenges faced by racial/ethnic minorities; women; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals; persons with disabilities; and multi-generational workforces. The training programs help law firms learn how to define, create, and sustain a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

For more information about AbstoneLalley’s diversity recruitment and retention services, please visit the company’s website at AbstoneLalley.com.

 

AbstoneLalley, Inc. Expands Services To Offer International Mergers and Acquisitions Advising to Legal and Corporate Clients

CHICAGO – January 8, 2014 – AbstoneLalley, Inc., a minority-owned legal and corporate consulting firm with offices in Chicago, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, announced today that Bennett Lowenthal, a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, has joined the company as International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor. In this role, Mr. Lowenthal will draw from his extensive international experience to serve as a strategic partner for AbstoneLalley's legal and corporate clients who are interested in establishing offices overseas.

 

During his 23-year career as a diplomat for the U.S. government, Mr. Lowenthal lived and worked in countries in Eastern and Western Europe, South America and the Middle East, becoming proficient in half a dozen languages. He has developed an extensive network of contacts, ranging from overseas business professionals and Washington, D.C. insiders to U.S. diplomatic and consular officials and foreign journalists. It is his practical experience navigating this network and thorough understanding of different cultures that allows Mr. Lowenthal to serve as a trusted advisor to his clients.

 

"It's imperative for any business looking to establish an office overseas to develop an in-depth understanding of its prospective market," said Bennett Lowenthal, International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, AbstoneLalley, Inc. "As part of the AbstoneLalley team, I continue to build on my career in the Foreign Service to serve our legal and corporate clients in an international capacity. By partnering with our clients as a strategic advisor, I help them establish a network in their desired market, identify potential merger partners and deal effectively with host-country officials in setting up an international office. My availability to be on-site in any location worldwide speaks to the level of personalized service AbstoneLalley offers our clients."

 

"Leading law firms and corporations are recognizing that establishing a physical presence in a foreign market is not only a competitive advantage – in many cases, it has become a necessity," said Rodney L. Abstone II, CEO of AbstoneLalley, Inc. "That's where AbstoneLalley comes in. By leveraging Bennett's global connections and breadth of international experience, we provide our clients unparalleled expertise with a level of personalized service that is hard to find in today's market. Coupled with our competitive pricing structure, AbstoneLalley is well-equipped to help our legal and corporate clients build a successful business on a global scale."

 

 

 

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