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American Lawyer columnist recognizes Thompson Coburn as a ‘unicorn’ firm for new African American partners

February 15, 2019

Thompson Coburn was recently recognized by American Lawyer senior columnist Vivia Chen for electing four women and two people of color to partnership.

In a follow-up to a series of columns by Chen, which she used to look critically at the lack of diversity among new partnership classes at AmLaw200 firms, Chen listed several “unicorn” firms that elected African Americans to partnership.

Thompson Coburn appeared on the list of eight firms, with Chen noting the election of partners Felicia Williams and Nelson Williams.

While Chen hesitated to express optimism about the state of black lawyers in Big Law, she did note that “it’s encouraging that black women represent about 50 percent of elevations among blacks in this limited sampling. For another, it’s a relief to see that these new partners are spread across a broad range of practice areas, including corporate.”