The Law Firm Sustainability Network is a nonprofit organization of law firms and legal departments committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility within their firms and throughout the legal industry. We believe by working collaboratively and giving firms essential tools and resources, we can have an ever greater impact on preserving the environment. The LFSN’s mission is to develop key performance indicators, foster knowledge-sharing, develop best practice guidelines, and recognize innovation regarding environmental sustainability in the U.S. legal sector.
The LFSN is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was founded in August 2011 as an informal platform for law firm professionals to share ideas, network, and develop best practices and industry standards for sustainability in the legal industry. Grown out of the collaboration of nearly 50 firms, members bring a diversity of perspectives from various firm functions (such as legal practice and operations), and individual roles (including attorneys, C-suite officers, and administrative staff). Member firms, many of which are considered AM Law 100 or 200, also bring a broad range of expertise; participants from member firms have played key roles in the ABA, state, and local bar sustainability programs, heads of sustainability committees, environmental practice group leaders, and LEED-accredited professionals, among others. The LFSN has rapidly become recognized as one of the U.S. legal industry’s leading collaborative sustainability organizations. If you’d like to learn more about membership please click here.
The LFSN has developed the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards (ALISS), a self-assessment tool that measures law firms’ implementation of environmentally friendly practices that promote energy efficiency, conservation of energy and resources, recycling, and related measures. For information about ALISS including the ALISS Key Insights Summary Report, please click here.
Beveridge & Diamond
Daniel M. Krainin is a Principal in the New York office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., whose practice is focused on environmental and toxic tort litigation matters. He has been named to the Super Lawyers list for environmental litigation in the New York Metropolitan area, and serves as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association Environment Section's Toxic Torts Committee. Dan is a founding member and the chair of Beveridge & Diamond's Green Team.
Vice-President & Executive Director
Gayatri Joshi is Vice President of Client Management of ecoAnalyze, an eco-consultancy dedicated to the law firm community. She works with law firms of all levels engaging in environmental sustainability initiatives. Through the company’s carbon footprint and management tool, ed3, she helps them to discover their carbon footprint and determine ways to reduce their environmental impact by setting benchmarks and establishing carbon reduction targets.
Partner & Co-Chair
Kevin Bruno has nearly 30 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, concentrating his practice in environmental, mass tort, products and insurance recovery litigation. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Practice Group. His experience encompasses every major federal environmental program and includes the representation of clients in some of the largest mass tort, CERCLA and natural resource damages cases. He represents clients in civil and criminal proceedings, as well as internal audits and investigations. He also represents companies in their pursuit of insurance for most first and third party liability losses, including environmental.
Mr. Bruno is actively involved with the American Bar Association, having served in various leadership positions during the past decade. Currently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Section of Litigation’s Expert Witness Committee. For several years, he was Chair of the Section’s Environmental Litigation Committee, as well as a member of the Oversight Advance Planning Leadership Committee. In the Fall of 2013, he was appointed to a sixth term as the Litigation Section’s liaison to the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (“SEER”) Special Committee on Section, Division, and Forum Coordination.
Mr. Bruno is also an adjunct professor of environmental law at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Mr. Bruno is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in environmental litigation. He is also listed in the International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers. For more information: www.BlankRome.com/KBruno
Lydia Bednerik rejoined the firm as marketing director in November 2002. She previously served as the firm's marketing director from 1995 to 1998. Lydia returned to the position after a stint as a freelance marketing consultant and two years with Blattel Communications, a San Francisco public relations agency specializing in work with professional service firms. In 2006, Lydia served as president of the Legal Marketing Association - Bay Area Chapter. In 2011, Lydia received the LMA - Bay Area Chapter "Rella Lossy Marketing Professional of the Year" Award, recognizing her professionalism and career-long contributions to the practice of law firm marketing. Lydia has spoken and written on legal marketing subjects including green initiatives in law firms, client relationship management (CRM) software and implementation, ethics and social media. She holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Chief Administrative Officer
Mary McGuire is the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer, leading a team of support personnel focused on delivering high quality, responsive and efficient service to internal and external clients. Mary’s goal is to ensure Nixon Peabody’s facilities are properly equipped and secretarial and services personnel are skilled, client service oriented and available to efficiently and effectively support clients. Mary and her team work hand in hand with attorneys and colleagues across local offices and the Global Shared Services Center to leverage their collective set of skills to achieve this goal.
Mary and her team are focused on delivering excellent client service to our attorneys and clients and work collaboratively to implement best practices and position resources. Mary strives to support the firm and clients’ commitment to diversity, pro bono service and sustainability. Operational practices and resources are tightly aligned with these commitments. Nixon Peabody proactively seek out opportunities to implement sustainable work place practices. Mary and her team’s accomplishments in the area of sustainability include earning LEED certification for multiple U.S. office build outs, including the first LEED certified law office in the country.
Tara Kowalke is joining us from Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she has been for the past 2 years as a Proposal Writer. Earlier this summer she transferred from their Chicago headquarters, to their Century City office, and is loving living back on the West Coast. She began her career as a litigation paralegal at Gibson Dunn in NYC many years ago, and has enjoyed getting involved in firm wide initiatives wherever she’s landed. Be that pro bono work, volunteering, event planning, etc., so making the leap to assisting with Seyfarth’s sustainability efforts was a natural fit.
Tara is a huge sports fan, loves traveling and spending time with her young son, and is often found crafting, hitting the beach, or whipping up something delicious with him in the kitchen. She is looking forward to becoming a part of LFSN and getting to know everyone on the team to learn about the exciting sustainability efforts happening at your respective firms.
Our Board Members are elected from Leadership Council of firms. The Leadership Council is the governing board of firms that provides guidance to the Law Firm Sustainability Network’s growth and development and provides financial sponsorship. Firms who have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability are eligible for the Leadership Council. Those who wish to participate on the Leadership Council or on the Board should contact us here.