At Thompson Hine, we believe that it is not enough to meet our clients’ expectations – we strive to exceed those expectations. Our clients tell us that diversity is important to them, so we have made a commitment to reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we live and work by building and retaining a diverse group of lawyers and staff. We take pride in our diverse workforce, inclusive culture and the service of minorities and women in leadership positions within our firm. We embrace the challenge to be a champion for diversity among law firms and in our communities because as one of the largest business law firms in the United States, we believe we have a unique opportunity and clear responsibility to be a change agent within the legal profession and the business community.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are truly core values of Thompson Hine. We believe that our success as a firm is driven by our people – who are diverse in background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, marital status and physical capability. We seek to maintain this diversity because it shapes our perspectives, broadens our capabilities and enhances our ability to serve our clients and our communities. Our commitment to diversity is illustrated by the widespread participation in the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and in our collaborations with clients and community organizations with similar values. It is reflected in all facets of the firm’s operations including hiring, retention, promotion, benefits administration and the procurement of supplies and services, as well as in the resources dedicated to supporting diversity initiatives.
We subscribe to the philosophy that “if you treasure it, you measure it.” The success of our diversity and inclusion efforts is evaluated against specific metrics and clear benchmarks that include measurements for recruiting, retention, client and community outreach, internal communications and business development. We strive to be an industry leader on diversity and inclusion across the board. Our efforts have earned us a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index and a spot among the best places to work for LGBT equality. We are ranked 20th overall, 17th among firms in the Midwest and recognized nationally in the categories Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities, Diversity for Minorities, Diversity for Women and LGBT Diversity on Vault.com's list of the country’s 25 Best Law Firms for Diversity. We have been named as one of the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Commission 50, which recognizes organizations for their progress in developing, sustaining, and driving diversity and inclusion strategies, multiple times. In addition, we were chosen as the winner of the Diversity Law Firm Challenge Award for The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio's Annual Walk, Rock & Run, and we also received the Award of Excellence and the Diversity Leader Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine as part of its International Innovation in Diversity Awards.