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 attorneys.
But the benefits of our affinity groups extend beyond enrichment. Since their formation, the formal affinity groups, the Women’s Initiative Committee, LGBTK (our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer affinity group), TKBLAC (our Black Lawyer Affinity Council), and the Working Parents Affinity Group, have enhanced morale, strengthened our culture, helped develop leaders and mentors throughout the organization, and provided valuable insight and ideas.
Female attorneys make up half of TK's 2020 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
of 2020 Summer Associates are racially/ethnically diverse
Women’s Initiative Committee
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.
Lee Meyercord, Partner, Women’s Initiative Co-Chair
We recognize the importance of diversity at the highest levels of the Firm:
- 75% of our hiring partners are women.
- 60% of our 2020 equity partner promotions are women.
- 50% of our 2020 class of new partners are women.
- 40% of our Management Committee members are women.
- Women Partners lead Firm-wide practice groups:
- Debra J. Villarreal chairs our Oil and Gas Practice Group
- Women Partners lead our hiring efforts:
“Some may be surprised to learn of Dallas’s flourishing diversity, which includes a vibrant LGBTQ community that is the largest in Texas and one of the largest in the country. Dallas is also home to Cathedral of Hope, one of the world’s biggest LGBTQ-affirming places of worship, and the Resource Center, the primary LGBTQ service organization in North Texas serving more than 60,000 people each year.”
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.
Black Lawyer Affinity Council (TKBLAC)
TK’s Black Lawyer Affinity Council provides support, networking and leadership opportunities for the firm’s African American/Black attorneys and assists the Firm in attracting, developing, engaging and retaining diverse team members, and in maintaining an inclusive, respectful and engaged work environment.
Demetra Liggins, Partner Representative
Working Parents Affinity Group
Our Firm recognizes the demands of working parents and encourages work/life balance and a supportive culture through family-friendly policies, employee benefits, resources, and events. The Working Parents Affinity Group (WPAG) was established to help parents cope with the many unique challenges presented during COVID-19 and has quickly become an active and engaged community of working parents who share experiences, ideas, and helpful ‘life hacks.’ It is also integral to ensuring that our Firm remains responsive to the needs of working parents and provides an attractive, flexible environment to future parents.
Nadia Haghighatian serves as a Board Member of the Dallas LGBT Bar Association and is also Vice President of Programming; Nadia also serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Council for the LGBT Resource Center of Dallas and was recently voted onto the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Board of Directors and will be serving as the Dallas LGBT Bar Association Representative.
Heath DeJean is a founding member of the Houston Bar Association’s LGBTQ+ Committee. Additionally he participates in the annual National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair where he interviews law school candidates.