Nilan Johnson Lewis has elected three outstanding attorneys to the 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Jason Hungerford has been selected for the 2021 Fellows Program, a professional development series aimed at connecting exceptional attorneys and preeminent organizations through acclaimed leadership training and networking events. This year’s program will provide unique opportunities to train and promote the next generation of diverse leaders in the legal profession.
Nicole Dailo and Mike Sevilla have been nominated for the 2021 Pathfinder Program, which offers career development strategies, leadership skills, and professional networks to advance their individual practices. Members of the Pathfinder Program have the exclusive opportunity to learn from leaders in the legal industry.
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Programs, which have trained emerging and mid-career attorneys since 2011, are both important initiatives for advancing diversity and inclusion.
About Jason Hungerford
Jason is an experienced litigator and counselor who represents employers in both single-plaintiff and class-action matters across the country. He relies on his prior experience as plaintiffs’ counsel to help clients with difficult and complex workplace issues, and strategically litigate when necessary. With substantial business litigation also under his belt, Jason understands that a company’s brand and objectives require a tailored approach to representation, and clients appreciate his commitment to their business goals.
Jason views himself as just “a regular guy,” which allows him to connect with the highest level of executives and entry-level employees the same. Jason’s areas of practice—traditional labor, and wage-and-hour—can be especially contentious, and his ability to connect with others makes him an effective advocate when it matters the most. He also regularly counsels and trains clients on sexual harassment in the workplace, and his easy demeanor makes navigating the #metoo climate a little bit easier for everyone involved.
About Nicole Dailo
Nicole represents and counsels employers in discrimination and wage-and-hour matters across the country. Nicole’s prior experience in the government and nonprofit sectors has shaped her approach to the law as a powerful tool for collaboration, protection, and innovation. This perspective allows her to devise creative, practical solutions for her clients without losing sight of their mission or business goals. Nicole’s previous judicial clerkship at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in California also gives her unique insight into judicial decision-making and litigation strategy, which benefits her clients both inside and outside the courtroom. Nicole prides herself on passionately advocating for her clients and proactively working with them to cultivate productive, cooperative workplaces.
Nicole is the current Vice President of Outreach for the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and has served on the Women’s and Membership Committees. She is a member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. Nicole also provides pro bono asylum representation through the Advocates for Human Rights, and pushes forward the objectives of diversity, equity, and inclusion through her labor and employment practice.
About Mike Sevilla
Mike has practiced in the field of corporate immigration since 2014. He has extensive experience working with complex nonimmigrant matters including H-1B, L-1, O-1 E-2, TN, as well as consular processing cases and preparing immigrant petitions in the EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 classifications. Mike also has several years of experience reviewing and analyzing the Department of Labor’s complex regulations in the context of labor certification to implement effective PERM strategies.
In addition to being fluent in Spanish, Mike works effectively with companies to understand their objectives and achieve goals for individual employees. He establishes valuable partnerships with his clients by navigating complex legal issues and shaping creative strategies to accomplish client objectives.
About Nilan Johnson Lewis
Founded in 1996 and proud to be an independent law firm, NJL has earned a reputation for being innovative, forward-thinking, and bringing deep expertise and a “total-partnership” approach to serving clients. The firm is committed to diverse hiring, advancement, and retention of women, people of color, and those with different backgrounds and lifestyles. The firm focuses on five areas of law: product liability/mass tort litigation, business litigation, labor and employment, health care and corporate and transactional services.