Upcoming Events

The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation is proud to honor legal professionals who advance LGBTQ+ equality through words and actions to create more secure and welcoming workplaces. We invite you to join us as we honor our outstanding corporate counsel and straight allies for their efforts to recognize and expand LGBTQ+ legal diversity in the profession. For a complete list of past awardees, click here.

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March 14, 2019

Location: CityPlace, 42nd Floor Club Room
2711 N. Haskell Ave
Dallas TX 75204
Reception 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Ellen Farrell


Ellen Farrell

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Ellen Farrell is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Head of Product Law and Head of Legal Operations for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.   Ellen is responsible for overall management of the defense of product liability- and warranty-related claims and lawsuits involving Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles in North America.  She also partners with various client business units to mitigate operational and product-related risks and to promote customer satisfaction.  In addition, she oversees the law department’s technology and business operations functions, including its Partnering Program, one of the key goals of which is to promote diversity & inclusion among the counsel who represent Toyota.

Ellen recently joined the Board of WiNGS, a Dallas-area non-profit whose mission is to empower women, fight poverty and impact generations.  She also served on the Fall 2018 grant review team for the Dallas Women’s Foundation (now Texas Women’s Foundation).

Prior to joining Toyota in 1999, she was with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Farrell is licensed to practice law in California and Texas; she is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas.

A Fireside Chat on Issues Affecting In-House Legal Departments, Strategies for Business Development, and the Importance of Diversity Initiatives – Join us for an informative conversation with Ellen and Travis Torrence (Global Litigation Bankruptcy & Credit Team Lead, Shell Oil Company) starting at 5 p.m. 

Immediately prior to the start of the LGBT Bar’s 2019 Dallas Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Reception, Travis and Ellen will discuss qualities and characteristics many in-house attorneys look for when hiring outside counsel, including an examination of diversity and inclusion efforts that encourage outside law firms to hire and retain diverse attorneys to work on company matters.

Join us from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to network and hear what legal issues are currently the highest priority for in-house counsel as well as the best ways for attorneys in private practice to remain top of mind, and celebrate an outstanding Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Awardee!