Legal news and analysis resource Law360 has selected Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC as one of the 10 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys in the U.S., and gave the firm special recognition for having the highest percentage of African-American partners among the top 10 law firms.
The Alabama-based law firm has been proactive in providing opportunities for African-American attorneys through the years. The firm has been consistently supportive of the Alabama African American Bar Association and takes at least two law clerks from the African American Bar Association each year. The initiative has been a valuable part of Beasley Allen’s business plan, benefitting both the firm as well as black attorneys.
“When you have diversity, you have different points of view. It helps attract clients. It helps us understand how juries feel. We wanted to have African-American attorneys in each section that we practice,” said Tom Methvin, Beasley Allen’s Principal & Managing Attorney. “We expect a lot out of all our lawyers, and we provide an environment where they can be successful if they want to be. Their success is the firm’s success.”
Kendall Dunson, Principal in the firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, agrees. “Beasley Allen is proud of its stance on diversity, but we’re more proud of the success of our African American attorneys. Each of us has distinguished ourselves as an excellent attorney, and an asset to the legal field.”
Dunson was named Beasley Allen’s Litigator of the Year for 2015 and has served as president of both the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Capital City Bar Association. He also served as the first African-American President of the Montgomery County Bar Association.
Law360 compiled the list by surveying more than 300 U.S. firms with a U.S. component regarding their U.S.-based overall and minority headcount numbers as of Dec. 31, 2015. The firms were ranked based on the percentage of equity and non-equity partners who self-identify as black; the percentage of non-partners who self-identify as black; and the number of attorneys who self-identify as black.