Sedgwick Announces New Leadership for Inclusion and Diversity Committee and Women’s Forum

David Humiston

David Humiston

Sedgwick LLP announced new leaders of the firm’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and Women’s Forum.

Los Angeles partner David Humiston will join Fort Lauderdale partner Tanya Lawson as co-chair of the firm’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Humiston succeeds Los Angeles partner Craig Barnes, who led the committee with Lawson for the past several years. Barnes will continue to co-chair the firm’s African American Lawyers Forum affinity group alongside Washington, D.C. partner Susan Watson. Humiston, who is co-chair of the firm’s Healthcare practice group representing health plans and managed care liability organizations for several decades, also serves as chair of the firm’s Asian Pacific Islander Lawyers Forum affinity group.

“We are grateful for the unwavering dedication and countless contributions Craig has made to the firm’s inclusion and diversity efforts for more than 15 years,” said Sedgwick Chair Michael Tanenbaum. “We are thrilled to have David join forces with Tanya as co-chair of our Inclusion and Diversity Committee. David’s breadth of experience and unique perspective will both complement and enrich our existing inclusion and diversity efforts.”

Maria "Kiki" Karos

Maria “Kiki” Karos

The Sedgwick Women’s Forum, which launched in 2004, will be led by Dallas partner Maria “Kiki” Karos as chair and New York partner Laura Markovich as vice chair. Karos and Markovich will succeed San Francisco partner Lillian Stenfeldt, who has served as chair of the Women’s Forum since 2006.

“We would not be where we are today if not for Lillian’s leadership and commitment to the advancement of women within the firm,” said Tanenbaum. “Using our existing foundation as a framework, I am confident that our new Women’s Forum leaders will continue to raise the bar through their dedication to the cause and demonstrated ability to effect change within the firm.”

Karos, who focuses her practice on high-stakes catastrophic injury cases and complex business litigation matters, previously served as the Women’s Forum representative for Sedgwick’s Dallas office. Markovich, who represents clients in directors and officers and other professional liability matters, currently serves as editor of Women Connect, the firm’s Women’s Forum newsletter. She has also served as the Women’s Forum representative for the firm’s New York office.

Laura Markovich

Laura Markovich

Sedgwick’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee comprises partners and special counsel from each office, including members of the firm’s Management Committee and the chair of the firm. The firm’s commitment to inclusion and diversity comes from a belief that attorneys and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences, working toward a common goal, offer the best opportunity to deliver the superior legal services that our clients expect.