Linda Maria Wayner is Senior Director of Diversity Initiatives, working with Cadence Counsel, Bridgeline Solutions, and Lateral Link. She works with companies and law firms to promote equity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Linda began her career at Skadden as an international litigation and arbitration attorney, and has since served as General Counsel of International Affairs for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and Executive Director of NYU’s Latino Institute for Human Rights. As a pro bono attorney, she has represented political asylum applicants from Cameroon, Colombia, China, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, and Venezuela. Linda also previously served as deputy president of the Hispanic National Bar Association in New York. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University, and her law degree from the University of Michigan. Linda is a trial advocacy coach for both high school and law students in her spare time, and she enjoys contemporary art and science fiction movies.