Baker Donelson Ranked 9th In Vault's "Best Law Firms For Diversity"

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Baker Donelson has been ranked 9th overall for the second consecutive year in Vault, Inc.'s 2014 "Best Law Firms for Diversity."  This national ranking includes four separate categories for diversity, with the overall ranking determined by a formula that weighs the four categories evenly. 

"We are honored to be included in this listing and are proud that the firm's dedication to advancing diversity in the legal profession continues to be recognized," said Mark A. Baugh, chair of Baker Donelson's Diversity Committee. "These results are a testament to the importance of an inclusive work environment and it is a significant achievement to be among the top 10 overall firms two years in a row." 

This is the latest honor that Baker Donelson has earned for its diversity efforts. The firm has long been recognized by MultiCultural Law magazine on its annual lists of the "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity" and the "Top 100 Law Firms for Women." Baker Donelson has also earned kudos from the Human Rights Campaign, achieving a score of 85 out of 100 in HRC's 2013 Corporate Equality Index.

Since the launch of its Diversity Initiative in 2002, Baker Donelson has made strides in growing its diverse attorney population, the number of minority shareholders, the recruitment and retention of female attorneys, and the representation of minorities in leadership positions at the firm.


Lisa Baskette Joins Pinnacle As Mortgage Advisor

Lisa Baskette has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president and mortgage advisor for the firm’s Shallowford Road office. She is based at the firm’s downtown office, 801 Broad St. until the Shallowford office is complete. Ms. Baskette, with 28 years of experience, served as a vice president and mortgage loan originator for Regions Bank. Prior roles included ... (click for more)

Flywheel Brands Welcomes Newest Member To Growing Team

Flywheel Brands, Inc. welcomed Adam Duggan as the newest team member of the Hixson-based print management company. Assuming the role of business development executive, Mr. Duggan will be supporting new clients in their efforts to generate momentum behind their brands and develop marketing strategies that yield the return they're seeking. His primary focus will be with those organizations ... (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested For Arson In Sevier County Fires

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two people in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.  Last week, at the request of 4 th  District Attorney General ... (click for more)

Shannon Whitfield Already At Work Eliminating Sole Commissioner Post In Walker County; Process To Take 4 Years

Shannon Whitfield is already at work eliminating the position he won by a landslide in the recent election. Mr. Whitfield, who takes over at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 after a 16-year reign by Bebe Heiskell, noted, however, that it is a four-year process. He said the two House members and local senator are working with him on legislation that must first be approved. That should ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You Can’t Sue You

The Hamilton County School Board will convene an hour earlier tomorrow to discuss “facilities” and the question of the hour is “Which ones?” Several communities are actively studying pulling away from the county’s Department of Education and the stew is thickening by the day. Now comes the revelation that school board attorney Scott Bennett has sent an email to the town of Signal ... (click for more)