At Thompson & Knight, we understand the importance of coming together and fostering a sense of community. The following groups are important sources of camaraderie, support, development, and networking for our women and diverse attorneys.
TK became a signatory to the Houston Bar Association Gender Equality Commitment Statement on April 2, 2019. By signing the HBA’s recently revised statement, the Firm commits to developing and using objective and unbiased criteria in evaluating female attorneys for partnerships and leadership positions, and promoting policies and practices that retain and advance women.
Female attorneys make up half of TK's 2019 new Partner class
40% of TK's Management Committee members are women and/or self-identify as ethnically diverse
Named one of the "Best Places to Work" by the Dallas Business Journal for 16 consecutive years
More than half of TK Associates are gender and/or ethnically diverse
Women’s Initiative Group
The overall goal of the Women’s Initiative is to assist the Firm’s women attorneys in developing mentoring relationships and marketing opportunities to support their advancement and promotion. In particular, the Women’s Initiative focuses on the integration of women attorneys into the Firm, creating networking and marketing opportunities for women attorneys, and providing ongoing client and professional development.
We recognize the importance of diversity at the highest levels of the Firm:
- One third of our Management Committee members are women.
- Women Partners lead Firm-wide practice groups:
- Women Partners lead our hiring efforts:
“I have been out at TK since I was a Summer Associate, and I have never received anything but acceptance and support from my fellow attorneys, staff, and Firm leaders. TK is committed to diversity and inclusion for LGBTQ people, and it is presently demonstrating that commitment through the creation of an LGBTQ affinity group that will give people like me a formal way to advise the Firm on how it can do even more to make TK as open and welcoming as possible for queer attorneys, staff, and clients.”
LGBTQ Affinity Group
LGBTK, the Firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Affinity Group, is a new effort to assist in creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment where everyone feels comfortable in the workplace, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The overall goal of LGBTK is to build a stronger sense of community among our LGBTQ attorneys and provide mentoring and professional development opportunities to support their advancement and promotion.
Top: TK attorneys attended the HRC Houston 22nd Annual Gala held on April 6, 2019, in support of HRC’s vision of a world where LGBTQ people are ensured their basic equal rights and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.
Bottom: The TK Women’s Initiative Group supports a number of community organizations through holiday drives and other year-round initiatives. One of our community partners is Rainbow Days, an organization dedicated to helping children and youth in adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures.