Partner; Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Headquarters: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
CEO: Michael Fichtel
His Credentials: Certificate, Program on Negotiations, Executive Education, Harvard Law School; LLM, taxation, Boston University School of Law; JD, University of Central Florida, BS, Rosen College of Hospitality Management; DP, International Management Institute, Switzerland
His Philosophy: I am committed to combating racial injustice and advancing the fundamental principles of equality, inclusion, and justice. I am committed to serving communities from underrepresented backgrounds with a team of diverse lawyers and legal support staff.
I plan on starting a program to retain diverse partners and attorneys, and to hire new candidates at all levels from different backgrounds, through participation in minority bar associations and historically black universities and colleges. Adding a component of internal mentoring by pairing minority hires with partner-level and management employees will make the orientation process welcoming and help minority hires feel comfortable in getting to know the inclusive culture of the firm.
I’m committed to working with firm management to showcase diversity and talent by providing opportunities to minority attorneys and including them in direct client relationships and business-development activities. I also intend to explore the firm’s resources and talent to bring together a group of attorneys and consultants who can lead the diversity and inclusion practice. This includes working with clients who need assistance, with a focus on issues of diversity and working with culturally sensitive legal teams that have both the life and work experience in handling matters where diversity issues are at the forefront.
I look forward to collaborating with external diversity professionals who can provide targeted consulting services, including training for the hiring partners and managers on how to effectively hire and retain strong and diverse teams.