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Smith Moore Leatherwood's core values – excellence, teamwork, collegiality, and balance – are deeply enmeshed in our commitment to a workplace that honors individuality as a critical ingredient in what our lawyers and professional staff can accomplish together. We believe that the respect we foster for each other creates an atmosphere in which our differences in backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints make us better colleagues and stronger advocates for our clients.

Our firm recognizes and embraces the value of diversity in many forms. Smith Moore Leatherwood shows this commitment by being part of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Founded in 2009, the LCLD has more than 265 members who serve as either general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation’s leading law firms.

By producing tangible results in the lives of talented individuals, LCLD works to promote inclusiveness in its institutions, circles of influence, and society, with the ultimate goal of building a more open and diverse legal profession. Through law school mentoring programs, fellowship programs, and other opportunities the LCLD provides, this partnership enables us to better prepare future generations of diverse talent for positions of leadership in our firm and our communities.

We value and implement equal opportunity and non-discriminatory practices in hiring and also in how we treat each other in our daily work environments. This commitment extends to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran/military status, or genetic information.

The goals of our Diversity Plan are to:

  • Recruit and retain lawyers and staff so that our work force is as diverse as the world in which we live.
  • Promote an inclusive environment where attorneys and staff have equal opportunities to learn, grow, develop, and succeed on a long-term basis.
  • Encourage our attorneys and staff to engage in community, civic, and professional activities that focus on addressing and remedying disparities resulting from racial, cultural, or social differences.
  • Provide opportunities for professional growth and development for all attorneys and staff, consistent with individual talents, interests, and needs.
  • Increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among attorneys and staff within the firm, so that the firm's core values are strengthened.

Each of our lawyer's e-mail address is provided with his or her biography. If you are not a current client of our firm, you should not e-mail our lawyers with any confidential information or any information about a specific legal matter, given that our firm may presently represent persons or companies who have interests that are adverse to you. If you are not a current client and you e-mail any lawyer in our firm, you do so without any expectation of confidentiality. We will not establish a professional relationship with you via e-mail. Instead, you should contact our firm by telephone so that we can determine whether we are in a position to consult with you about any legal matters before you share any confidential or sensitive information with us.