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Thompson Coburn Named to Bloomberg Law’s DEI Framework for the Third Year in a Row, Recognizing Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

July 18, 2023

Thompson Coburn is one of 55 U.S.-based law firms that have been named to Bloomberg Law’s 2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Framework, released today. This marks the third consecutive year that the Firm has been acknowledged for its commitment to transparency in disclosing diversity-related metrics and its exceptional performance across six fundamental pillars: Demographics; Leadership and Talent Pipeline; Recruitment and Retention; Business Innovation and Strategy; Marketing, and Diversity & Inclusion in the Community; and Disclosure. Bloomberg Law reports that Thompson Coburn has surpassed the average score of DEI Framework members in nearly all pillars.

"Securing our place in Bloomberg Law's comprehensive DEI Framework once again fills us with immense pride," expressed Norma Jackson, Chief Diversity and Attorney Development Officer at Thompson Coburn. "We are dedicated to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our Firm and the legal profession. Through our steadfast commitment to initiatives that strengthen the pipeline, active participation in community D&I endeavors, and our emphasis on cultivating diverse leaders and practices within our Firm, we strive to enhance the fabric of our organization and industry."

Bloomberg Law’s DEI Framework was developed in 2021 in collaboration with Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index team, as well as diversity leads at corporations and U.S.-based law firms. Performance was assessed across more than 85 metrics, each associated with one of the framework’s six core pillars.

Among the key findings of the 2023 report:

  • In the third year of this program, submissions increased by 25%, giving an even more robust view of diversity in the legal industry. 
  • 72% of firms mandate and monitor that minority and women attorneys have equal access to clients, quality work assignments, committee appointments, marketing efforts, and firm events.
  • This year, 79% of firms require diversity within a pool of candidates for management and leadership roles and of those, an average of 25% percent of slated candidates must be diverse.
  • Additionally, nearly all (97%) of member firms have a public statement regarding their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Thompson Coburn is dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and diverse workplace culture that appreciates and values the unique perspectives and contributions of individuals from various backgrounds and experiences. A core belief is that diversity enhances the Firm’s ability to serve clients and strengthen the organization as a whole. Thompson Coburn is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.