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Another Sutherland Partner Named Fellow of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

February 12, 2016

AUSTIN—Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Lino Mendiola III has been selected for the 2016 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization made up of top legal professionals. Mr. Mendiola is the third Sutherland attorney to be named an LCLD Fellow. He joins Partners Vanessa A. Scott and Juan C. Garcia who were selected in previous years.

This unique program is designed to connect high-potential attorneys with general counsel and managing partners from preeminent organizations for year-long professional development focusing on relationship-building and leadership skills. The program employs a range of training methods and offers Fellows the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal field.

“Lino is an outstanding lawyer and perfectly exemplifies the qualities required for the LCLD Fellows Program,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “He is a significant contributor to our firm and to the community, and is widely respected among clients. We congratulate Lino on this well-deserved honor.”

Mr. Mendiola is active in several community organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Child, Inc., a non-profit organization that administers the federal Head Start program in Travis County, Texas. He is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and is a past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of A Legacy of Giving, a non-profit organization committed to teaching children about the value of philanthropy.

At Sutherland, Mr. Mendiola counsels clients in both transactional and litigation matters involving energy and regulatory law with a focus on the Texas electric energy and natural gas markets. His transactional experience includes handling regulatory issues such as pipeline regulation and transmission line routing matters. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Mendiola regularly advises clients on power purchase agreements, generation interconnect agreements, natural gas interconnection agreements, gas transportation agreements, and a variety of other matters facing electric generators and energy companies.

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, founded in 2009, is composed of more than 240 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners committed to building a more open and diverse legal profession. Since 2011, the LCLD Fellows program has advanced the careers of more than 800 attorneys. Visit for more information.

Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world’s largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 400 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Sutherland (Europe) LLP in London and Geneva. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1UH. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at A list of the members of Sutherland (Europe) LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.

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