Diversity and Inclusion
Eckert Seamans values the breadth of perspective and experience within our diverse team of attorneys and staff. We are a firm with national and international clients and a practice that takes our attorneys into cities and courts across this country and abroad. The broad range of skills and experiences that accompany a diverse workforce is imperative as we continue to serve an increasingly global clientele.
Under the leadership of Co-chairs Lawrence Bailey, Jr., and LaToya Winfield Bellamy, we are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexual orientations. In an inclusive workplace like Eckert Seamans, productivity and client satisfaction are at their peak when the talents and skills of different groups are valued. A diverse workforce provides a better understanding of the communities and business environments in which we live and serve while making our firm a better place to work. We understand that promoting diversity within our firm requires proactive attention and focus. We regularly evaluate our policies and practices to strengthen those that promote inclusiveness. We work to establish “best practices” in the area of diversity just as we do in all areas of our business.
As part of our efforts, the firm has established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which includes attorneys from different offices and practice groups. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee works closely with the firm’s hiring, associates, and executive committees, and is charged with advancing the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse lawyers at Eckert Seamans as well as the development and implementation of policies that advance diversity at all levels of the firm.
In addition, many of our attorneys pursue leadership roles outside of the firm in a number of organizations and committees that support diversity in the community and legal profession. Represented organizations include the Allegheny County Bar Association Diversity Collaborative Committee; Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C.; Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia; Black Bar Association of Bronx County; Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males (Philadelphia); Metropolitan Black Bar Association; National Bar Association Minority Bar Committee; National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter; Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee and Commission on Women in the Profession; and the Women’s Dialogue Group for Jewish and African-American Women.