Fish & Richardson Principal Cherylyn Esoy Mizzo Named 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 15:58

Fish & Richardson has announced that Cherylyn Esoy Mizzo, a principal in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Group, has been selected for the 2015 Fellows program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).  The LCLD Fellows program is designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation's law firms and corporate legal departments. 

The LCLD's Fellows program is a highly structured mentoring program with a goal of producing a generation of attorneys with strong leadership skills who are committed to fostering diversity within their individual institutions and the profession at large.  Each class of Fellows also serves as mentors to those who follow.  To date, 750 mid-career attorneys have participated in the program since it began in 2011.  

At Fish, Ms. Mizzo focuses her practice on complex patent and IP litigation before the International Trade Commission and federal district courts.  Her work encompasses a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biomedical devices, recombinant DNA technology, DRAM chips, semiconductors, inkjet ink cartridges, and asymmetric digital subscriber line (DSL) modems.  She also handles many pro bono matters and recently represented a transgender woman from El Salvador, who fled her country after being persecuted on account of her sexual identity, in applying for and obtaining political asylum. In 2012, she was named to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll for “remarkable” pro bono service.  

Formed in 2009, LCLD is made up of the general counsels of the nation’s preeminent corporations and of the managing partners of the nation’s leading law firms whose goal is to work in partnership to eliminate impediments and provide minorities and women with a full and fair opportunity to perform, to succeed, and to lead.  Its four key strategic initiatives are titled: Benchmark, Development, Partnerships, and Pipeline.  For more information, visit