At Butler Snow, we embrace people with unique life experiences and backgrounds. Through this environment of diverse cultural experiences, we regularly develop unique solutions for our clients‘ legal issues. In serving our clients, whether in the board room or in the courtroom, our attorneys work together as one team to resolve the myriad of legal situations they face. Through this interaction and the sharing of ideas, we offer clients the benefit of a variety of perspectives.
Our minority and women attorneys are skilled and knowledgeable in their fields and recognized leaders in their communities. Butler Snow's active participation and sponsorship of diverse organizations and events demonstrates our belief in the significance of diversity and underscores our commitment to a diverse team. We promote outreach through professional associations, mentoring, recruiting, sponsorships and networking. We interview at several law schools that have a significant percentage of minority students, including Howard University and participate in interviewing at the Tennessee Bar Association Diversity Job Fair and the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association Job Fair. By dedicating ourselves and our firm to diversity, our clients and our firm benefit.
Butler Snow is a proud recipient of the AT&T Legal Department's 2011 Diversity Award for mid-size firms.
Importance of diversity
Hear what General Counsel of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Marla Persky, has to say about Butler Snow’s diversity, click here.
Professional Women and Minorities
· Charles E. Griffin is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is Chairman of the Business Development Subcommittee of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee (Litigation Section of the American Bar Association). Charles serves as the Diversity Committee Co-Chair.
· Cara R. Baer were elected and served on the board of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA). Cara serves as the Diversity Committee Co-Chair.
Butler Snow dedicates a significant portion of the firm’s sponsorship dollars to events and programs dedicated to furthering diversity in our profession. A few of these recent sponsorships included:
· Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
· Boys and Girls Club Law Camp at Tougaloo through Magnolia Bar Association
· Magnolia Bar Association
· NAACP Annual Gala
· Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon
· Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build 2014
· Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers’ Annual Conference
· Youth Life Learning Center’s Annual Luncheon/Breakfast
· Napier-Looby Bar Foundation’s Annual Event
· American Bar Association 2014 Annual Labor and Employment Section Conference Diversity Luncheon, Los Angeles, CA.
Butler Snow is dedicated to helping promote diversity in the communities in which we work. Examples of those efforts include sponsorship and participation in:
· The National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Awards Banquet
· Memphis Benefit Dinner for Facing History and Ourselves
· Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Blitz in Jackson
· Mississippi Center for Justice’s Champions of Justice
· Minority Business Council
· Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Tribute Luncheon
· Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Jackson
· 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
Butler Snow is proud to be a Law Firm Affiliate of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
- Does the firm have preferred vendor relationships? Yes
Matter Budgeting and Financial Management
- Does the firm establish formal budgets for client engagements? Yes
- Are bills submitted electronically? Yes
Litigation eDiscovery Best Practices
- Does the firm have an established eDiscovery Committee? Yes
- Does your firm have any educational programs designed to address the changing federal rules of civil procedure? Yes
- Does the firm have a standardized protocol to guide processing clients' edata? (i.e. all data produced in PDF, meta data preserved?) Yes
- Does the firm have a standardized approach for document reviews across practice groups (i.e. established protocol for eDiscovery review depending on the needs of the case) Yes
Litigation General Best Practices
- Does the firm have a formalized new associate litigation training/mentoring program? Yes
- Does the firm's litigation department have a structured approach to early case assessment? For example: Does your firm implement a standard approach to determine risks and strengths early in a case to assess trial or settlement options? Yes
- Does the firm have an established records management team to assist clients with records retention, compliance and litigation preparedness? Yes
- Does the firm conduct end of matter reviews? Yes
- Does the firm have a disaster recovery plan in place? Yes