Smith Moore Leatherwood Names Kimberly Gatling as Leadership Council of Legal Diversity Fellow

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has chosen Kimberly Bullock Gatling to be a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows, a landmark program created by the LCLD to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “a year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership and the best teachers in the business.”

Gatling concentrates her practice at Smith Moore Leatherwood in intellectual property prosecution, licensing and litigation. She serves as the firm’s technology industry group co-leader, working with a group of attorneys who draw upon the firm’s intellectual property, litigation and corporate experience to advise clients on a variety of issues that arise in today’s electronic marketplace. Additionally, Gatling has served as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee since 2009.

In her community, Gatling serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, Cone Health Foundation and the Gateway Research Park. She was recently appointed chair of the North Carolina A&T State University board of visitors.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 285 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 Program, which has trained more than a thousand mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. For more information, visit

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