Marshall Dennehey is committed to building a diverse workforce where people of all races and ethnicities can thrive in an inclusive workplace culture.
Diversity means more to us than ethnic diversity. We strive to make our firm a place where ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals and those who are disabled can succeed. We are constant in our efforts to retain and grow our diverse population as that strengthens our organization.
Our history of promoting minority attorneys goes back a generation to when Hiliary Holloway became the firm’s first African-American shareholder in 1988. Presently, we have several minority attorneys who hold positions of senior leadership at the firm. Niki Ingram led the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department for many years and served on our Board of Directors for 13 years. Michael Turner, co-chair of the firm’s asbestos practice group, is a current member of the firm’s Board of Directors. William Banton chairs the Philadelphia office’s Health Care group, and Butler Buchanan, III is the managing attorney of the firm’s Philadelphia headquarter office, chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee and is the firm’s hiring attorney. In Florida, Michael Archibald is the managing attorney of our Tampa office.
We seek to hire or promote minorities across professional and support staff as well. The leadership of our Information Technology Department is minority, and professionals of various ethnic backgrounds serve as managers and supervisors across many administrative departments of the firm.
The Diversity Committee has set into place a number of initiatives that assist in both hiring and retaining attorneys of color. We have a mentoring system in place where our minority shareholders reach out to our younger minority associates to provide them with support, counsel and encouragement, which can make a significant difference in their professional progression.
In addition to mentorship, we hold an annual meeting and dinner in our Philadelphia headquarters office for attorneys of color. Attorneys from all of our 20 offices attend this event where educational seminars, specifically designed to assist those of color to thrive in a majority environment, are given. These seminars are led by internal and external speakers. This event concludes with a dinner that focuses on camaraderie and making horizontal connections within the greater firm for an added layer of encouragement and support.
We encourage our minority attorneys to engage in affinity groups that will further their professional development and growth. You will find them at meetings and events of the National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, and other regional groups in the cities and communities where we retain offices.
- 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award from Liberty Mutual Insurance
- 2019 Minority Business Leaders Award, Philadelphia Business Journal—Niki T. Ingram, recipient
- Law360’s 2019 Glass Ceiling Report, Best Law Firms for Female Partners – we ranked #2 among law firms with 300-599 attorneys.
- Women Inc. – Top 100 Law Firms for Women, 2019
- National Law Journal’s 2019 Women’s Scorecard – we placed in the top 12% of law firms recognized.
- Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming to Women Professionals – Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2014