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Advancing Diversity - It's Our Turn


We believe that our diversity as a law firm must reflect our clients and our community. This commitment has common-sense origins: it is simply the right thing to do and it genuinely improves our ability to serve our clients. At Waller, we value the contributions of each unique individual, and our clients appreciate our good-natured approach to serving their legal needs. Clients specifically looking to partner with a diverse team of talented attorneys seek our help.

It's no accident that, while the firm has grown approximately 50 percent since 2000, the number of minority and women attorneys has increased by more than 70 percent. We actively seek candidates through strategic recruiting efforts, and have formalized our efforts through establishment of a Diversity Committee. Chaired by Matt Burnstein, who is also Chairman of the firm, the committee assists Waller's Board of Directors in ensuring that our diversity goals receive the highest priority status.

Many of our partners devote a significant amount of time to serving on Boards of Directors of organizations that support diversity. Waller's Waverly Crenshaw has been a partner in a majority law firm longer than any other African-American attorney in Nashville, and Vinh Duong, who was selected for the 2012 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), leads the firm's Immigration Practice.

Waller continues to be recognized for our achievements in promoting diversity in the workplace by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the YWCA, and others. Most recently, we were honored by UPS with their Outstanding Legal Services with a Diverse Legal Team award.

We regularly sponsor a wide range of diversity events in our community, including 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.'s Sister-for-Sister conference, and others. Each year, Waller proudly demonstrates our commitment to diversity through our annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We admire the courageous efforts of all who have endeavored to promote diversity throughout history, and recognize that it's our turn to give back.

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