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At Akerman, diversity is a key driver in delivering the innovation and results our clients expect. We value our unique differences and how these differences affect the way we see the world, solve problems, innovate, and deliver results.

We attract talented and accomplished lawyers and staff by providing resources to enhance their professional development and help them reach their full potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee develops initiatives to support the advancement of a diverse group of men and women as leaders within our firm and in the community.

The Committee is chaired by Michael Marsh, an accomplished trial lawyer and partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. Other committee leaders include Palash Pandya, a partner in the firm's Corporate Practice Group and Michael B. Chavies, a former judge and partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group.

Akerman's internal network groups were created to facilitate relationship-building among the firm's lawyers and provide a forum in which traditional and peer-mentoring opportunities can develop and flourish. Network Groups play a key role in the firm's recruitment, mentoring, career and business development, workplace inclusion, retention and community engagement programs. Current Akerman Network Groups include:

African American & Black Network
Asian, South Asian & Pacific Islander Network
Hispanic & Latino Network
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Network
Women's Initiative Network (WIN)

Corporate Equality Index: Ranked among the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" with a 100% rating (2017)
The American Lawyer: Ranked among the top 40 U.S. law firms for female lawyers (2016)
The American Lawyer: Ranked among the top 100 law firms for diversity (2017)
The National Law Journal: Ranked among the top 40 U.S. law firms based on percentage of female lawyers and women partners (2016)
Law360: Ranked among the top 5 law firms for Hispanic lawyers (2016)
Law360: Ranked among the top 40 law firms for female lawyers (2016)

Participant in the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program and 1L Scholars Program to increase the diversity pipeline within the legal industry
One of only 15 national law firms involved in the OnRamp Fellowship program, the first "returnship" ever launched in the legal field to match experienced women lawyers eager to return to practice after an extended hiatus
Participant in the inaugural 2016 "Women in Law Hackathon" project, a Shark Tank style pitch competition created by the Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law to generate innovative ideas and solutions that will lead to greater retention and advancement of experienced women in law firms
Launched the STEM Pipeline and Scholarship Program with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, through a collaborative partnership of private business and nonprofit organizations aimed at increasing the interest of African Americans and other minorities in science-related fields
Established the first minority legal pipeline and scholarship program in Florida in partnership with FAMU Law School to promote diversity in the legal profession
Member of the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition in support of the Competitive Workforce Act, legislation that will update Florida’s discrimination protections as it relates to employment, housing, and public accommodations
Sponsor of the American Bar Association's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program to provide intern opportunities to students who are members of racial, ethnic, LGBT, and other groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession
Participant in annual Minority Law Student Mentoring Picnics to provide first, second, and third year law students with opportunities to pair with mentors including law firm practicing attorneys, judges, law school professors, and others in the legal profession
Member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Law Firm Affiliate Network (FAN) for firms committed to the hiring, retention, and advancement of diverse attorneys in the legal profession
Member of the Resource Board of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) to provide ongoing operational advice and substantive assistance in the initiation and implementation of NAWJ's national and regional judicial education programs

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