Our law firm was selected by Law360 as one of the 10 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys in the United States. The firm was recognized as having the highest percentage of African American partners of any of the firms included on the list. That’s something all of us at Beasley Allen are extremely proud of.
Tom Methvin, Principal & Managing Attorney for the firm, says being mindful of providing opportunities for African American lawyers is part of our firm’s business plan. The firm actively supports programs of the Alabama Lawyers Association, and each year hires two or more law clerks from that network. Creating a workplace where black lawyers can succeed is a win-win for all concerned.
Lawyers are hired by our firm based strictly on merit. However, when you have diversity in a firm, there will be different and needed points of view. We have African-American lawyers in each section of the firm. Lots are expected out of all our lawyers and we have been blessed to attract tremendously talented lawyers. We provide an environment in the firm where each lawyer can be successful. When an individual lawyer has success, the entire firm will benefit and our clients will have been well-served.
Kendall Dunson, a Principal in the firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, was named Beasley Allen’s Litigator of the Year for 2015. He has served as President of both the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Capital City Bar Association. Kendall also served as the first African-American President of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Kendall points out that the firm is very proud of our stance on diversity. He is proud of the success of all of our African-American lawyers. Kendall says: “Each of us has distinguished our self as a lawyer, and we are all assets to the legal profession.”
To compile its Top 10 list, Law360 surveyed more than 300 U.S. firms with a U.S. component, about their overall and minority headcount numbers as of Dec. 31, 2015. Only U.S.-based lawyers were included in the survey. Firms are ranked based on three factors: the percentage of partners, both equity and non-equity, who self-identify as black; the percentage of non-partners who self-identify as black; and the number of lawyers at the firm who self-identify as black.
To obtain more information about Beasley Allen’s African American lawyers and their successes, visit the attorneys page on the firm’s website at www.beasleyallen.com/attorneys. For additional information, you can contact Helen Taylor, Public Relations Coordinator, at Helen.Taylor@beasleyallen.com.
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