March 16, 2021
Banking & Finance partner Vynessa Nemunaitis has been chosen as a member of the 10th anniversary class of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows.
As an LCLD Fellow, Vynessa will participate in a landmark program that identifies, trains and advances the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Only 418 attorneys nationwide have been selected to participate in this prestigious program’s 2021 class.
“This is a singular honor for Vynessa,” said Courtney Marcus, Co-Managing Partner of Weil’s Dallas office and partner in the Firm’s Banking & Finance practice. “She joins a select group of experienced attorneys from diverse backgrounds who have been recognized for their potential to become leaders in their organizations and in the profession. We are proud to support her as we remain committed to developing our attorneys’ leadership skills and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.”
According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “a year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, leadership training, and extensive contact with LCLD’s prestigious members and the best teachers in the business.”
Vynessa focuses her practice primarily on debt finance transactions, including acquisition financing, investment grade lending, leveraged lending and liability management transactions, and restructuring transactions, advising clients in multimillion- and billion-dollar cases. Her professional experience has earned her repeated recognition from leading organizations, including being named among the 2020 "Rising Stars" in the U.S. for Euromoney Legal Media Group's Americas Rising Star Awards; shortlisted for the 2020 "Rising Star in Finance" Award by Euromoney Legal Media Group's Americas Women in Business Law Awards; and recognized as a "Rising Star" in Banking by Texas Super Lawyers 2018-2020.
Beyond her practice, Vynessa is involved in a variety of Firm initiatives focused on diversity, inclusion and attorney advancement. She is currently a member of the Firm’s Professional Development Committee, the WeilLatinx affinity group, the Women@Weil affinity group, the Mothers@Weil affinity group, and the Dallas office’s Hiring Committee. In 2019, she also participated in a leadership pilot program sponsored by the Firm’s Taskforce on Women’s Engagement & Retention (TOWER).
Vynessa is involved in numerous professional organizations throughout the Dallas community, including the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), the Innocence Project, the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association. Her pro bono service work earned her recognition in 2010 as the DVAP Outstanding New Pro Bono Lawyer. Additionally, in 2019, Vynessa was one of 40 graduates of the North Texas Business Council for the Arts' Leadership Arts Institute class, and most recently, in 2020, she was elected to the Texas Ballet Theater Board of Governors.
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 350 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 nearly 2,000 mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives.