A word from Bradley's Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan Skeeters:

“I want to reaffirm our commitment to one of Bradley’s fundamental core values: [a] working environment that is rewarding, respectful, collegial, diverse, and inclusive. We are committed to putting inclusion and diversity at the forefront of our initiatives and embracing an environment that reflects our collective views, experiences, capabilities, and cultures. We all have something to contribute, and we believe our success and our clients’ successes are dependent upon everyone’s contributions.”

Our Vision of Success: Inclusion & Diversity Statement 

Bradley’s success derives from the ingenuity, intelligence, values, skills, and diverse perspectives of our people. At Bradley, maintaining a working environment that is rewarding, respectful, collegial, diverse, and inclusive is one of our core values. Upholding that core value is a source of strength for our firm and is critical to delivering high-quality legal services to our clients. To that end, our objective is to attract, retain, and promote into leadership roles individuals who foster inclusion and reflect the diversity we value. Bradley is committed to a work environment in which our people thrive and reach their full professional potential regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or socio-economic status.

Diversity and equality are core values at Bradley. Our law firm’s success relies on the ingenuity, intelligence, and interpersonal skills of our people. By employing attorneys and staff from a variety of backgrounds, we leverage a wide range of perspectives that help us achieve the results that we expect and our clients demand. Workplace diversity and equality are essential to our business strategies, professional ideals, and relationships with the clients and communities we serve. That is why we are committed to supporting strategic opportunities and platforms for discussion, reflection, and growth as we pursue a more diverse and engaged work environment. 

Women and minorities hold ownership interests in Bradley’s limited liability partnership, and we are always seeking to broaden the voices and perspectives in our workplace. That commitment is reflected in our recruitment and hiring policies. Named one of the Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women in 2012, 2015 and 2016, women represented almost 50 percent of Bradley’s summer associate class, which included 11 ethnically diverse law students. We also provide several scholarships and fellowships to bring fresh outlooks to the firm and expand opportunities for people from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the legal marketplace.

The firm empowers our attorneys and employees by encouraging a diverse culture that promotes the unique talents and perspectives of individuals without regard to age, ancestry, gender, color, national origin, disability, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other legally protected status. We have a strong nondiscriminatory hiring policy and actively recruit qualified women and minority candidates.

At Bradley, we recognize that the strength of our law firm is determined by the strength of our commitment to our core values and relationships, and that diversity in our workplace is both a goal and an asset in our practice.

Bradley is honored to have received local, regional and national recognition for our commitment to diversity, including:

  • Named one of the 2016 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women. Honorees are selected and applauded for raising the bar through family-friendly policies, talent cultivation, business development initiatives, and ultimately creating best practices that retain women by advancing them into the leadership pipeline.
  • Recipient of the 2017 Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Committee Leadership Award, marking the 15th time the NBA has honored the firm for its commitment to diversity since the program began in 1994. Honorees are selected for demonstrating a “continued commitment to enhancing diversity and access to professional success.” Award recipients are evaluated on the ethnic diversity of their recruitment and hiring efforts, retention and growth rates, and summer associate and internship programs that promote diversity within the law profession.
  • Recipient of the 2011 Law Firm Diversity Recognition Award from the Chevron Law Function, the in-house legal department of Chevron. The energy company annually singles out firms doing legal work for Chevron that have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a commitment to diversity.

Bradley is also proud to have supported other diversity initiatives, including:

  • Member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project and signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, a firm-instituted policy encouraging every attorney to provide a minimum of 60 hours of annual pro bono work that advances issues and concerns of people from diverse communities and backgrounds.
  • Sponsor of and participant in the Momentum Women’s Leadership Program.
  • Participant in the Youth Employment Program of the nonprofit Operation Shoestring by hosting minority high school students as summer interns.
  • Support of the R. Jess Brown Scholarship for Leadership in Racial Reconciliation at the Mississippi College of Law.
  • Host of a construction and business law seminar for minority contractors in conjunction with the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority.
  • Sponsor of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association’s annual Leadership and Award Reception honoring the MWLA’s Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year.
  • Cosponsor of the “Breach of Peace” art exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.
  • Active supporter of the Defense Research Institute’s Diversity Committee, American Bar Association’s Woman Advocate Committee, and Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
  • Sponsor of minority recruitment job fairs in our legal markets.
  • Sponsor of the ACE Mentor Program of Alabama, which encourages minority high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction.
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