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Diversity & Inclusion

Benesch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, citizenship, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap. This policy governs all aspects of employment including hiring, assignments, promotions, discharges and other terms and conditions of employment.

In addition, it is the firm's policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind, including that which is sexual, age-related, racial or ethnic.

Benesch values and promotes the diversity of its attorneys and staff. Dedication to diversity helps the firm to attract and retain talented employees, enhances its relationships with current clients, and expands the firm's market share. The firm is committed to realizing and maintaining an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and religious beliefs. In support of the firm’s commitment, the Executive Committee established a Diversity & Inclusion Committee and endorses the key values developed by the Committee. These key values are designed to promote an environment in which differences are respected, employees are treated fairly, and individual skills and talents are valued.

The firm's diversity efforts are focused in the following areas:

  • Education: Increase awareness and appreciation of the unique attributes that each individual brings to our firm
  • Recruitment: Communicate the firm’s commitment to hiring a diverse workforce

  • Retention: Foster an environment that allows all individuals to excel and advance in their profession

Benesch is proud of its commitment to diversity and the successes that commitment has generated, both historically and today:

  • Beginning in 1966, Robert Coplan, one of Benesch’s name partners helped start Cleveland Scholarship Programs (“CSP”). CSP is a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities and supports workforce development for Greater Cleveland through a broad range of financial aid and advisory programs. The firm still remains a very active supporter of CSP.
  • Benesch was one of the first law firms in Cleveland to do inner-city high school recruiting for administrative staff.

  • Going back to 1986, Benesch was the first major Cleveland firm to name a woman to its Executive Committee. Today, women and minorities occupy important strategic positions at all levels of the firm.

  • Currently, female partners chair the General Practice Group, Corporate & Securities Practice Group and Business Succession Planning & Wealth Management Practice Group. The Firm’s Professional Development Committee, charged with nurturing and monitoring the professional growth of associates, is also chaired by a female partner.

  • Benesch partners have served as active board and executive committee members of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, formerly the National Conference for Community and Justice (“NCCJ”) for more than three decades. The firm supports and is involved in the Diversity Center’s mission of fighting bias, bigotry, and racism; and promoting diversity and acceptance. 

  • An African-American partner at the firm was appointed by President Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and completed his term. He is now serving his second six-year term (a part-time position) on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Benesch is involved in many diversity programs and initiatives, including:

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCDC)
  • Bar Association Minority Programs

  • The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio 

  • The National Federation for Just Communities

  • Athena Awards – International organization that recognizes women and men for helping women reach their full leadership potential

  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association

  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

  • e-Women Network

  • Anti-Defamation League

  • YWCA

  • Human Rights Campaign Northeast Ohio

Recruitment:

  • Benesch participates in the Midwest Minority Recruiting Conference 
  • Benesch hosts receptions for first-year minority law students

  • Benesch participates in Bar Association Minority Clerkship Programs

Additional Information:

For more information about our firm's diversity efforts, please contact Amanda Miller or Kal Shah, Co-Chairs of Benesch's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Amanda Miller at amiller beneschlaw.com or 216.363.4457.

Kal Shah at kshah beneschlaw.com or 312.212.4979.