SEATTLE, WA—Davis Wright Tremaine today announced it has named Yusuf Zakir as its first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Zakir will report directly to the managing partner and will work closely with leadership across the firm to build and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion programs for lawyers and staff, a priority in the firm’s strategic plan.
Zakir most recently was director of diversity at Holland & Knight. Previously, he served as the manager of global diversity, recruiting and engagement at Latham & Watkins. Before his leadership roles for diversity and inclusion, he was a litigator at Latham and served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Virginia A. Phillips at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
“After practicing law for several years and witnessing the challenges of diversity and inclusion in our profession firsthand, I decided to make this my life’s work,” said Zakir. “Since then, I have witnessed how diverse and inclusive organizations and teams perform better in every way.”