The nation’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to LGBTQ equality has recognized Shook for its inclusive work environment. For the 11th consecutive year, Shook earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index. The 100 percent score secures Shook on HRC’s roster of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
“Cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment is critical to providing excellent service to our clients,” stated Chair Madeleine McDonough. “We have developed policies and practices that encourage our attorneys and professional staff to bring the rich differences of our varying backgrounds to work. This translates into greater creativity, collaboration, and strength.”
Shook Partners John Lewis, Jr. and Buffy Mims help lead the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts as co-chairs of Shook’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Lewis and Mims will develop and lead strategic initiatives designed to continue and enhance diversity and inclusion standing and performance in the workplace, marketplace and community. Before joining Shook, Lewis held several key leadership positions at The Coca-Cola Company, including Global Chief Diversity Officer. Mims led diversity efforts at her previous firm.
The 2019 Corporate Equality Index ranked 892 U.S. employers in various industries. 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.