MIAMI – April 18, 2019 – In an effort to continue advancing the issue of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and the workplace, Nikki Lewis Simon, shareholder and chief diversity officer for global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A., recently spoke at several Florida legal events. The events served as a platform for discussions about the importance of providing a supportive culture to help promote workplace diversity and social inclusion, advancing the pipeline for diverse talent, as well as the business and community benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Simon spoke at the St. Thomas University School of Law, Black Law Students Association, 2019 Umoja Pre-Graduation on April 4; moderated the Leadership Roundtable: The Eighth Judicial Circuit’s Diversity Conference titled “The Business of Inclusion” on April 12 in Gainesville; and moderated the panel “Hail to the Chief: Championing Diverse Talent for the CLO/GC’s Role” during the ACC Foundation’s Good to Great Retreat on April 16 in Orlando.
Simon is active in numerous legal and diversity-focused organizations and serves as the current chair of the 160-member Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of The Florida Bar. In this role, she works with other members of the committee to increase diversity and inclusion in The Florida Bar to better reflect the demographics of the state and develop opportunities for community involvement. The goal is to make leadership roles within the profession and The Florida Bar accessible to all attorneys, including those who are racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBTQ community and persons with disabilities.
“As chief diversity officer for the firm and in my role as chair of The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, I see it as my responsibility to help increase awareness of the importance of advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Simon, who is based in Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office. “Participating in conversations that allow us to share insights, experiences, and best practices is important to all of us.”
As chief diversity officer for Greenberg Traurig, Simon works to strategically align the firm’s diversity and inclusion programming and initiatives with client needs thereby serving as an integral component of the firm’s global business development efforts. She also works to help expand the firm’s diversity initiatives in collaboration with cross-firm stakeholders. Prior to assuming primary responsibilities on the business side of the firm, Simon has represented her cross-industry clients’ business objectives by protecting their capital, whether human, intellectual or financial, against claims of wrongdoing in complex commercial and class action litigation matters.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.