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Diversity + Inclusion

At Montgomery McCracken, we value cultivating an inclusive environment for our attorneys and staff. We recognize that every employee is a vital part of the firm and that diversity and inclusion at our firm better helps us to serve the needs of our clients. We are proudly committed to providing equal opportunities for all.

We define diversity broadly as the differences among people, including race, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, language, and experiences. Our Diversity Committee is tasked with raising awareness of diversity throughout the firm and the community. Our Diversity Committee is tasked with raising awareness of diversity throughout the firm and the community. The Committee is led by its co-chairs, Alfred W. Zaher and Renee Nunley Smith.

Employee Resource Groups

Within the Committee, our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) create the space firm attorneys and staff to openly and safely discuss issues, build and maintain an equal and supportive work environment, and support members in their efforts to succeed. Each ERG is chaired by members of the staff and attorneys.

  • LGBT: The mission of the LGBT group is to build and maintain an equal and supportive work environment and to promote growth and career development of LGBT attorneys and staff. Additionally, through recruiting and outreach activities, the group intends to further the representation of LGBT attorneys and staff members within the firm. This will be accomplished through networking, mentoring, educational and professional programs, community service, LGBT events, and diversity awareness. 
  • Persons of Color: The mission of the Persons of Color (POC) group is to build and maintain an equal and supportive work environment and to promote the growth and career development of POC. Additionally, through recruiting and outreach activities, the POC group intends to further the representation of POC attorneys and staff members within the firm. This will be accomplished through networking, mentoring, educational and professional programs, community service, multicultural events, and diversity awareness.
  • Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities: The mission of the Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities group is to foster inclusion, participation, and appreciation of the unique contributions that individuals with disabilities and veterans make to the fabric of the firm and the clients and communities we serve. By promoting an enriching, healthy, and fulfilling work climate for veterans and individuals with disabilities, the group supports the broader goals of respecting and valuing our differences, with the collective understanding that diversity of thought, experience, and expertise make the firm stronger, more productive, and better equipped to address the challenges the group and our clients face.
  • Women’s: The mission of the Women’s group is to support, promote, and empower the women of Montgomery McCracken and to improve the firm as a whole through the recruitment, retention, and support of women attorneys, staff, and alumni.

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equity Index

We are proud to have received a perfect score of 100% on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

Philadelphia Diversity Law Group

We pride ourselves on our community outreach through ourdiversity efforts. We are a founding member of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Inc. (PDLG), which is committed to fostering participation of a more diverse group of lawyers in the Greater Philadelphia Region in order to make the legal profession stronger, more productive, and better equipped to address the challenges of the twenty-first century. As part of this mission, PDLG creates programs to enhance recruitment and retention of lawyers of diverse backgrounds by law firms and corporate law departments in this region.

Community Organizations

In addition to PDLG, other organizations we support within the community include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism Society Southwest New Jersey Affiliate
  • Barrister’s Association of Philadelphia
  • Black Law Students Association of Rutgers
  • Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP)
  • Human Rights Campaign Gala
  • Lavender Law Conference
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Special Olympics PA

Diversity News

ABA Young Lawyers Division Business Law Committee - Member Spotlight on Ernest D. Holtzheimer

February 28, 2018

ABA Young Lawyers Division Business Law Committee (February 2018 issue)

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"A Conversation About Bullying"

September 13, 2012

Philadelphia Magazine

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For More Information

Please contact Co-Chairs Alfred W. Zaher at 215.772.7234 or azaher@mmwr.com or Renee Nunley Smith at 215.772.7245 or rsmith@mmwr.com.