Shook, Hardy & Bacon Earns Top Marks in 2018 Corporate Equality Index

Shook, Hardy & Bacon reached a major milestone for its inclusive work environment after earning recognition by the nation’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to LGBTQ equality. The global product liability defense and commercial litigation powerhouse earned a perfect score for the tenth consecutive year on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index. The 100 percent score secures Shook on the HRC’s roster of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

“It is humbling to be recognized for how we succeed every day,” stated Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough. “Ultimately, we are about creating an environment that encourages collaboration to best serve our clients. If we motivate or inspire other law firms or businesses to act, then we have achieved our goal.”

More than 10 years ago, Shook welcomed a diversity professional to its senior leadership to promote diversity and inclusion drivers of excellence, education and equity across all of Shook’s offices. Among the many initiatives, Shook has developed targeted programs for professionals who are minority, LGBT, differently-abled and veterans aimed at reducing attrition and increasing engagement and cross-cultural sponsorship.

“We have prioritized understanding cultural differences and cultural fluency as part of creating inclusion and belonging at Shook,” said Shook’s Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives Kori Carew. “This recognition represents the commitment Shook has made in the past and more importantly, going forward.”

The 2018 Corporate Equality Index rates 887 U.S. employers in various industries; more than 160 law firms are ranked, including a majority of The American Lawyer’s 200 highest-grossing firms. Shook is one of 112 law firms to receive a 100-percent score. Businesses were evaluated on a scale of zero to 100 using criteria that included provision of inclusive workplace protections and benefits for LGBT individuals and public engagement with the LGBTQ community,

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 About Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Founded in 1889, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. has 12 offices in the United States and London, with attorneys and professional staff serving clients in the health, science and technology sectors in areas ranging from product liability defense and commercial litigation to intellectual property prosecution and litigation, environmental and toxic tort, privacy and data security, and regulatory counseling.