Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Jackson partner J. Will Manuel has been selected as the recipient of the firm’s 2016 Diversity Leadership Award. Mr. Manuel was formally presented with the award at Bradley’s Diversity Summit in Birmingham on June 3.
“Will recognizes that diversity results in strength. He has consistently played a key role in Bradley’s recruitment of talented, diverse candidates, and his leadership in diversity instills confidence and success within the firm’s minority and diverse population,” said Bradley partner and Diversity Advisory Committee chair Kenneth M. Perry. “Will is an incredible mentor and deserving recipient of the 2016 Diversity Leadership Award.”
Bradley’s Diversity Leadership Award was established in furtherance of the firm’s core diversity and inclusion values, to recognize a partner who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to promoting and advancing diversity within the firm and beyond. After a nominations period, the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC), with the assistance of the Associate Advisory Committee to the DAC, selected the winner. All firm partners were eligible for the award, except those who currently serve on the DAC.
In addition to Mr. Manuel’s award presentation, Bradley’s 2016 Diversity Summit was comprised of panel discussions and presentations by Bradley partners, board members, associates and summer associates, as well as general counsel from MetLife and Mallinckrodt. Discussion items included topics such as “Navigating the Waters”, “Surveying Diversity”, “Diversity in the Bar” and “Spoken Word”. Bradley’s Diversity Scholarship winners were also recognized.
“Of late, Will has developed expertise in and is a frequent speaker on topics such as LGBT issues and differences in generational work habits and management styles. These topics center on inclusion and on building relationships between disparate groups,” said Bradley partner and Labor and Employment practice chair John W. Hargrove.
Mr. Manuel focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. He has handled various disputes for both large and small businesses in Mississippi and other jurisdictions. He has worked to defend these clients in both MDL litigation and individual actions brought in Mississippi. Mr. Manuel also has experience advising businesses on issues involving age discrimination, sexual harassment and wage/overtime disputes. He manages active litigation from the initial discovery process through trial.
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