We believe that being an equal opportunity firm means going beyond mere compliance with anti-discrimination legislation. At Shutts & Bowen LLP, we believe that our clients receive the highest quality service when their legal teams are drawn from professionals mirroring the increasing diversity of the marketplace. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in our firm’s policies, programs and committees, and through our efforts to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from differences.
Shutts & Bowen recognizes the fundamental importance of achieving a diverse workforce of attorneys, professionals and support staff that bridges racial, gender, age, ethnic, national, sexual orientation and religious lines. Simply put, we believe that recruiting, developing and promoting talented minority and women lawyers is just good business. It is that diversity that enhances the creative strength of our legal team.
Moreover, in today’s increasingly multicultural global environment, the firm recognizes that the relative success of our clients’ business interests depends, in great part, on the judgments and divergent experiences that can only be found in a multifaceted work force.
The firm’s dedication to achieving diversity includes an emphasis on nurturing a positive workplace environment that supports the professional development needs of our minority and women lawyers. Our commitment reflects the firm’s strategic focus on a team-based approach to client service, marketing and community involvement. This approach enhances our ability to recruit and retain lawyers. Integrating our diversity efforts with our strategic plan also enables us to more fully develop economic opportunities and to encourage and support the professional and civic contributions of our minority and women attorneys.
Today, the firm is recognized for its efforts to reflect the diversity of the communities and clients it serves. In a Daily Business Review article, the firm was recognized as one of the top five firms in Florida for the total number of minorities, top five for most Hispanic attorneys, and top eight for the number of women attorneys. Partner Sidney C. Calloway was recognized by Onyx magazine with the Onyx Award for Community Service. This annual award pays tribute to African Americans throughout Florida who use their professional expertise to significantly contribute back to the community, demonstrate compassion and strong leadership skills, and make a difference in the lives of many. Mr. Calloway was also the recipient of the Margaret Roach Humanitarian Award presented by the Urban League of Broward County for inspiring change and demonstrating ongoing leadership in the advancement of social justice and race relations.
Rene Gonzalez-LLorens, a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights by one of the county’s Commissioners. The Commission is a quasi-judicial advisory board charged with the enforcement of Miami-Dade County’s civil and human rights ordinance. Its mission is to help improve the quality of life of all Miami-Dade County residents by combating discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and financing practices, family leave and domestic violence leave.
In addition, minorities and women are well represented within the firm. At the end of 2015, there were 53 minority partners, eight of which have been with the firm more than 20 years.
As part of our ongoing efforts to hire and retain a diverse workforce, the firm actively participates in and supports a number of programs.