Diversity and inclusion are not buzzwords for us, but rather a set of principles that we incorporate into our daily work. We created our Diversity and Inclusion Program (“DIP”) to focus on implementing programming within the firm that is designed to foster inclusivity among attorneys and staff and welcomes an open and respectful exchange of values. And yet, inclusion of individuals irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnicity or disability status is not accomplished by internal change alone. Because collaboration maximizes the chances of achieving diversity and inclusion, we continuously engage in outreach to our community. Our lawyers and staff are always working to contribute to a more open and diverse legal profession by partnering with and holding leadership roles in organizations that support diversity and inclusion as core principles of their organizations.

Diversity and inclusion are not buzzwords for us, but rather a set of principles that we incorporate into our daily work. We created our Diversity and Inclusion Program (“DIP”) to focus on implementing programming within the firm that is designed to foster inclusivity among attorneys and staff and welcomes an open and respectful exchange of values. And yet, inclusion of individuals irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnicity or disability status is not accomplished by internal change alone. Because collaboration maximizes the chances of achieving diversity and inclusion, we continuously engage in outreach to our community. Our lawyers and staff are always working to contribute to a more open and diverse legal profession by partnering with and holding leadership roles in organizations that support diversity and inclusion as core principles of their organizations.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida
Broward County Hispanic Bar Association
Caribbean Bar Association
Cuban American Bar Association
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Gay and Lesbian Lawyer Association
Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Filipino American Bar Association
The Miami Foundation
TJ Reddick Bar Association
Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Foundation

THE DIP
COMMITTEE

The DIP Committee includes a diverse group of attorneys and staff who are committed to creating and providing opportunities for the under-represented and support the advancement of diversity in the firm and in our communities. The committee, chaired by Attorney Chanae L. Wood,  collaborates on a regular basis to focus on our four key Diversity and Inclusion initiatives–Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Women, LGBTQ, and Mentorship.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS

Linda Brewley

Maria Cerice

Liddia Dunkleberger

Millie Ramos-Pombo

Monique Sarraff-Ravelo

Sara Zavala

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Initiative

The Racial and Ethnic Minorities Initiative seeks to support and encourage the professional development of racial and ethnic minority attorneys. We focus our efforts on diverse recruitment and retention and sustaining a positive and supportive environment for the firm’s diverse attorneys.

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Women Initiative

The Women Initiative endeavors to enhance the careers of professional women by providing guidance, support, and networking opportunities at all levels of career development. The firm recognizes the difficulty of harmonizing the demands of law practice and full-time lives; therefore, we provide attorneys with the flexibility to balance their families, careers, and interests.

LGBTQ Initiative

For years, the firm has supported the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ attorneys.  Historically, the firm has been a welcoming environment for openly LGBTQ attorneys, who have held and continue to hold significant leadership roles at our firm, including participating in hiring and compensation decisions. Our attorneys and staff continue to partner with and strengthen organizations seeking to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people and organizations.

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Mentorship Initiative

The firm has committed to including more diverse attorneys in the pipeline to the legal profession. Our  1L Diversity Internship Program is designed to afford law students who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against on the basis of disability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression or who otherwise come from a disadvantaged background the opportunity for summer employment. Students who participate in our ten-week summer program will be afforded the rare opportunity to gain professional experience by working side-by-side with attorneys in our various practice groups.

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