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Martha Charepoo Accepted into 2019 Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Program

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorney Martha Charepoo has been accepted into the 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program. The Fellows Program is designed to connect mid-career high-potential attorneys from preeminent corporations and law firms for a year-long professional development series focusing on leadership and relationship building. Candidates are nominated by their respective General Counsel or Managing Partner.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice has been a law firm member of the LCLD since it was formed in 2009. Composed of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession, one LCLD’s stated goals is to help its Member organizations find, hire, retain, promote, and engage the best talent.

“Since the launch of LCLD, our Members have developed a wide range of action programs, which are responsible for advancing diverse legal talent towards the ranks of leadership by giving them the tools to succeed,” said Robert Grey, President of LCLD.

Charepoo is a trial lawyer focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation, fraud and unfair trade practices, insurance coverage, subrogation, insurance bad faith litigation, product liability defense, and general liability. She handles cases in state and federal courts nationwide from inception through settlement, trial, or other resolution. She works closely with clients to ensure that cases are handled efficiently and cost-effectively and, when appropriate, develops business strategies to reduce the risk of future litigation.

Charepoo is Chairman of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and also a member of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association (MAABA), where she currently serves as a Mentor in the MAABA Mentorship Program, and the Missouri Bar Association Committee on Diversity.

She is the author of two volumes of the Missouri Practice Series, Civil Rules Practice, commenting on Rules 41-76 of Missouri Rules of Civil Procedure. 

Prior to joining Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, Charepoo spent several years with an Am Law 200 firm handling national-scale litigation of complex business issues and product liability claims in the manufacturing, transportation, and health care industries. She earned her law degree from the University of Iowa and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. 

“I am excited about the 2019 LCLD Fellows class and look forward to taking advantage of the personal growth and professional development opportunities offered by the organization,” said Charepoo.

The initial meeting of the 2019 class of LCLD Fellow will take place March 1-3 in Austin, TX. For more information about LCLD, visit:

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