Lesley C. Horton, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel
L&M Development Partners Inc.
New York City
Lesley C. Horton is the first lawyer in her family. While she attributes much of her success to her mother, who encouraged her to seek excellence, her legal aspirations were fostered by one of her first mentors, Yvonne Pugh. “She is a lawyer who uses her legal acumen to aid her community whenever needed,” says Horton, now assistant general counsel for L &M Development Partners Inc., an enterprise that oversees more than $2 billion in development and construction projects in the New York tristate area. Previously, she worked in the real estate department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Appointed to the N.Y.C. Lobbying Commission two years ago, Horton evaluates the city’s lobbying laws
and makes administrative and legislative recommendations to Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council. She is secretary of the N.Y.C. Bar’s Real Property Law Committee and sits on the board of housing nonprofit, Weston United Community Renewal.
“I love walking through my Harlem neighborhood and knowing that my work helps to provide the valuable resource of affordable housing in my community,” Horton says.
Horton received her bachelor’s in communications, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from New York University. In 2011, the Apex Society named her one of its “30 Under 30” for her community involvement. Indeed, she is active in several organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Greater New York Chapter of the Links Inc. Driven by a desire to guide young minds and build strong character, she is currently writing a self-help guide for young women starting their careers.
In her leisure time, Horton loves to travel and has visited many countries, including Brazil, Cambodia, Ghana and Vietnam. Besides travel, “I began running last year and just completed my first half-marathon in January,” she says.