McDonald Hopkins is committed to supporting and promoting diversity in all aspects of our firm. This commitment is one of the fundamental principles that guide our decisions, management practices, and conduct. We recognize that the unique aspects of every individual bring something different and valuable to our firm, and that those unique differences make our firm stronger, enhance our ability to represent our clients, and benefit our communities. We carry out our commitment to diversity through numerous actions, which include:
- Supporting the recruitment and retention of diverse professionals and staff members
- Supporting internal committees and programs, such as our Women’s Council, that help promote diversity
- Supporting a work environment that is inclusive, positive, and fulfilling
- Supporting opportunities for mentoring and advancement of women and minorities through firm policies and practices
- Supporting and encouraging meaningful work/life balance policies and practices
- Supporting and encouraging the participation and leadership of our professionals and staff in diverse organizations and activities, such as the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Minority Attorney Roundtable Taskforce, the Arab American Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Homeless Legal Assistance Planning Committee, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, the National Minority Business Council, the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association, and the Civil Pro Bono Legal Services Program
Several of our attorneys have been honored for their contributions related to diversity.
Jeffrey Pollock received the NAACP Civil Rights Champion Award in 2012. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Community Impact Award.
Michelle Kantor received the Lifetime Advocate Award from the Federation of Women Contractors for her work in promoting, counseling, and advocating for women, minority, and veteran owned small business firms. She was named the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development’s (CEED) Business Training & Professional Development Outstanding Volunteer in 2015. Michelle Kantor has devoted most of her more than 25-year career to providing legal assistance and helping women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses to be successful.
Manju Gupta was selected for inclusion in the Lawyers of Color Hot List.
McDonald Hopkins’ commitment to diversity is deep and ongoing. We will continue to take positive actions to support and encourage diversity within the firm and our communities.