Laura Rees Acosta*

Senior Director of Talent Development
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Biography

Overview

As the Senior Director of Talent Development, Laura Rees Acosta is charged with crafting and implementing strategies to unlock the full potential of attorneys, professional leaders, staff, and teams, maximizing revenue generation through superior individual and collaborative performance. She is particularly focused on applying behavioral design theory and coaching principles to strengthen organizational talent practices.

Laura’s experience includes more than five years as a manager, director, and managing director of talent development and diversity functions for an Am Law 100 firm, where she contributed to enhancement of firm strategic planning and execution, leadership development, committee structure and oversight, thought leadership and client relationship building, as well as critically important and industry-leading diversity and inclusion practices.

She brings to her role a special sensitivity to the daily demands of law practice, having served as a litigation associate for an international law firm in Houston for a year before moving to Boston, where she worked as a labor and employment associate for an Am Law 100 firm for five years. At the start of her career, Laura also served for two years as a law clerk to Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and worked as a business consultant for two years at Accenture.

*Laura Rees Acosta is not a practicing attorney.

Accolades

  • University of Houston Law Center
    • Editor in Chief, Houston Law Review
    • Order of the Barons and Order of the Coif
  • President, Sid Richardson College
  • Recipient of Lon Wilson, Athenian and Masters’ Service Awards, Rice University

Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Section, Steering Committee Member (2018-present)
  • BUILD Greater Boston, Rising Leaders Board (2017-present)
  • Pan Mass Challenge, Heavy Hitter Fundraiser (2010-present)
  • Association for Law Firm Diversity Professionals, Board Member (2016-2017)
  • Burr School Committee, Board Member (2014-2016)
  • Newton Montessori School, Board Member (2012-2014)

Languages

  • French

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Texas

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center  (J.D., magna cum laude, 2005)
  • Rice University  (B.A., 2001)
    • President's Honor Roll