IADC Announces Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as Recipient of 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Award

February 19, 2024 08:03 AM

The IADC presented its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Award for 2023 to Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP (HM&B).

HM&B partner and IADC member Jerry D. Hamilton accepted the award at the 2024 Midyear Meeting.

Created by the IADC’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee, the DEIB Award recognizes persons and organizations that have championed and taken purposeful, tangible actions yielding positive outcomes in achieving diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the legal profession. 

“The IADC is very proud to present its DEIB Award to Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel for its trailblazing commitment and action toward diversity and inclusion at the firm and in the broader legal community,” said IADC President Michele Y. Smith, a shareholder at MehaffyWeber, P.C. “By recognizing HM&B’s achievements in this area, the IADC seeks to continue to raise awareness and inspire others to achieve positive diverse, equitable, and inclusive belonging in the legal profession.”

Hamilton, who sits on the board of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), said, “We are very grateful to IADC for recognizing Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as a leader in taking meaningful action toward guaranteeing diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry. We share these goals with IADC and look forward to encouraging other firms and individuals to build workplaces with diverse professionals and staff and foster environments that value the contributions of everyone.” 

The largest black-owned law firm in the United States, HM&B has a partnership made up of more than 50% minorities, and more than 50% women. The firm has demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting and retaining a diverse workforce, which includes its attorney staff comprising more than 60% minorities.

Consistently ranked among the top ten most diverse law firms in its home state of Florida, and designated by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council as a Certified Minority Business Enterprise, HM&B also is heavily invested in the broader, diverse legal communities in cities and regions where it maintains offices and staff. The firm has supported various community efforts including mentorship and education events for students interested in the legal profession.

HM&B focuses in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, general liability defense, transportation and trucking, property and casualty, employment, professional liability, insurance fraud, admiralty and maritime, products liability, commercial litigation and commercial transactions. The firm has offices throughout Florida, as well as in New York City; Norfolk, Virginia.; Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Kingston, Jamaica; the Bahamas; and St. Thomas and St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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