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L-R: John Lewis Jr., partner with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Bradley Gayton, general counsel with Coca-Cola , and Melba Hughes partner with Major, Lindsey & Africa. Courtesy Photos/ALM John Lewis Jr., partner with Shook, Hardy & Bacon (from left); Bradley Gayton, general counsel with Coca-Cola; and Melba Hughes, partner with Major, Lindsey & Africa. (Courtesy photos and ALM)

While law firms and industry observers applauded Coca-Cola Co.’s new guidelines aimed at expanding outside counsel diversity, some were skeptical that the initiative from Coke’s new general counsel, Bradley Gayton, would succeed any better at advancing lawyers of color to equity partner than the many others already issued by Fortune 500 companies.

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Meredith Hobbs

Meredith Hobbs writes about the Atlanta legal community and the business of law. Contact her at [email protected] or 404.419.2837. On Twitter: @MeredithHobbs.

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