We congratulate Gary Zhao on his acceptance into State Farm’s Rising Star Academy, an exclusive program recognizing select outside counsel for their leadership and business acumen. State Farm’s Rising Star Academy was established in tandem with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Resolution 113, which was put in place to increase diversity within the legal industry. Through this program, State Farm connects with diverse counsel to expand business relationships and support diversity in the legal industry. As a member of this year’s Rising Star Academy, Gary will have the opportunity to network, engage in professional development and learn more about State Farm’s business and culture.
Gary is an accomplished litigator and a partner in our Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). He is a past president of both the Chinese American Bar Association and the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago. He was previously a co-chair of SmithAmundsen’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and, in that role, was tasked with furthering diversity initiatives for the firm to help ensure that all employees feel appreciated for the diverse perspectives they bring to the table.