Yusuf Z. Zakir

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
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Yusuf Zakir is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Holland & Knight and is based in the firm's Los Angeles office. In this role, Mr. Zakir works closely with the firm's Diversity Partner, Diversity Council and firm leadership to continue to build an organization and a culture where all talented individuals, including those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, can have a path to long-term success. He helps develop and implement strategies and initiatives to build a more diverse and inclusive organization that produces better results and better serves the firm's clients.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Zakir helped manage diversity and recruiting initiatives at an Am Law 100 firm. Mr. Zakir began his legal career as a securities litigator and also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Zakir is heavily involved in community engagement and outreach. He serves as a board member for the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP) and as the secretary of a nonprofit faith-based organization.


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Toronto, B.A., Business Management and Philosophy, with high distinction


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