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Affinity Groups

Thompson Coburn’s attorney-led affinity groups contribute to the Firm’s success through recruitment and retention efforts, formal and informal training and mentoring, employee networking, professional development opportunities, creating a positive and supportive work environment, community outreach, and helping to deliver the commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • We work to increase the pipeline to attract, retain, and promote top talent
  • We provide a forum to connect with Thompson Coburn attorneys across the country
  • We foster an inclusive culture that supports the long-term success of African American attorneys
  • We build and cultivate relationships in order to increase business development
  • We provide opportunities for attendance at local, regional, and national events, programs, conferences, and seminars
Diona Rogers

Diona Rogers

Booker Shaw named a 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Award winner by Missouri Lawyers Media



  • We cultivate networking opportunities and use business relationships to strengthen the Firm’s connection to the Hispanic/Latino community
  • We host events and support initiatives that address and educate about issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino community
  • We actively support the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Hispanic/Latino attorneys
  • We sponsor member attendance at the Hispanic National Bar Association annual conference

Martha Mendez-Fischer selected for Hispanic Leadership Institute



  • We collaborate with the Firm’s Diversity Committee and other affinity groups to support internal and external diversity efforts
  • We provide a forum for ASAME attorneys and staff to connect and share their experiences
  • We engage with law students and other diverse groups to assist in our recruitment and retention efforts
  • We actively partner with NAPABA and affiliated Law Student Associations of various law schools
  • We work closely with a number of legal service organizations that focus efforts on various issues impacting the ASAME community
  • We arrange for our members to attend seminars and conferences that promote our mission and goals
Shoko Naruo

Shoko Naruo

Jayna Rust selected for NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program



  • We support LGBTQ+ attorneys and allies by working with organizations and networks that address LGBTQ+ priorities in various communities
  • We foster a firmwide sense of community through sponsorship and participation in a number of academic, professional, and social events and activities
  • We provide informal cross-office mentoring networks to build ties among our group members
  • We encourage LGBTQ+ recruitment efforts and relationship building with community partners
Evelyn Clark

Evelyn Clark

Dremain Moore

Dremain Moore

Images of people celebrating Pride Month



  • We foster a supportive culture to assist in the recruitment and retention of Thompson Coburn attorneys that are working parents
  • We encourage supportive relationships among firm parents by providing a forum for attorneys to share information and resources
  • We work to introduce initiatives that will specifically benefit our working parents
  • We maintain a site on the Firm's intranet with useful news, initiatives, policies, benefits, contacts, and other relevant information
  • We provide feedback and advocate for working parents on issues and policies identified by and relevant to Thompson Coburn working parents