Leslie Richards-Yellen Quoted in Article Discussing the Controversy of a Law Firm Hosting Donald Trump

March 25, 2016

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Chicago partner, Leslie Richards-Yellen was quoted in the article "Donald Trump’s DC Law Firm Had a Bad Week" published by the Washingtonian on March 25, 2016. 

The article focuses on a recent controversy faced by the law firm, Jones Day, surrounding their decision to host a gathering between Donald Trump and republican power-brokers. Ms. Richards-Yellen emphasized the belief that everyone has a right to an attorney stating, "Lawyers believe that all people are entitled to ethical and competent representation," but she added that firms also have the right to decide what clients they wish to represent. "Inherent in that decision is what representing certain clients would do to the morale of your employees, how representing a certain client may affect your other clients, and how it would affect firm culture and reputation,” said Leslie Richards-Yellen. 

Read the full article "Donald Trump’s DC Law Firm Had a Bad Week" on the Washingtonian website.

Leslie Richards-Yellen concentrates her practice in the public finance arena. Since 2007 she has served as borrower's and issuer's counsel and work out counsel for issuers and conduit issuers, such as healthcare facilities, cultural institutions and charter schools. She has experience as in-house counsel and in private practice. She is a member of Hinshaw’s Executive Committee, Chair of the Diversity Committee and a co-chair of the Attorney Life Committee.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.