Our Commitment to Diversity

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting individuals of diverse backgrounds to ensure that our firm reflects the clients we represent and our values of inclusion.  We believe that embracing differences in ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, religion, and other characteristics, helps us consider the full range of perspectives our clients face and the goals they seek to achieve, allowing us to provide more creative, insightful, and complete guidance and counsel.  By affirmatively embracing and appreciating those differences, we create a supportive working environment at Shumaker for all individuals of the firm.

Below are photos from recent events:

Tampa Immigration Partner María Ramos received the President’s Award for her service and dedication at the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association 11th Annual Scholarship Gala on November 2, 2017

Kate Decker, pictured center below, was a recipient of the Ohio State Bar Foundation Award.

KSDecker OSBF award

Diversity in Action

Shumaker’s commitment to diversity is reflected in the following measures:

  1. Creation of a Diversity Committee to coordinate and direct our diversity initiatives.  Our committee is made up of partners (including at least one member of the Firm’s management committee), associates and administrative personnel.
  2. Recipient of the 2013 Gold Standard Certification by Women in Law Empowerment Forum, which is given only to firms that have demonstrated that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, are involved in the highest leadership positions and have meaningful representation in the ranks of the firm’s most highly compensated partners.  Shumaker was one of only 47 firms in the country to have received this prestigious award in 2013.
  3. Creation of Shumaker’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, a firm-sponsored group dedicated to promoting, developing and fostering the potential of our female attorneys, helping them to navigate a path to a successful and satisfying legal career at the Firm, and to serve as leaders within the legal and business communities.
  4. Membership and active participation in organizations that support diversity initiatives in our communities.  Such organizations include, without limitation, racial, ethnic, disability, gender/LGBT and age initiatives.
  5. Diversity in our hiring, advancement and leadership practices, for attorneys as well as staff members, including our Summer Associate Program.
  6. Annual participation in the Toledo Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship Program.
  7. Annual participation in the Ohio State Bar Foundation Law and Leadership Program, a program to establish a pipeline into the legal profession for disadvantaged students from underserved schools.
  8. Membership in Partners in Education, a program in which our employees serve as tutors and mentors and provide ongoing financial support to area schools and students in need.
  9. Cultivation of leadership opportunities among all attorneys and staff, recognizing the importance and benefit of diversity in leadership.
  10. Firm-wide participation in periodic diversity education seminars or training programs.
  11. Informal programs implemented firm-wide to enhance our awareness and understanding of the importance and benefits of diversity among our workforce and promote inclusion. 

News Releases

12.06.2018Shumaker Attorneys Named to 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers® and Ohio Rising Stars
11.15.2018Caitlin G. Duckworth Joins Shumaker
09.25.2018Katherine S. Decker Honored with 20 Under 40 Leadership Award
09.21.2018Mechelle Zarou Spoke at TEDxToledo Annual Conference
09.10.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Toledo Business Journal’s "Who’s Who In Toledo Area Law"
09.07.2018Mindi Richter Appointed to Chair of The First Tee of Tampa Bay Advisory Board
08.24.2018Rebecca E. Shope Delivered Keynote Address at Heidelberg University
07.06.2018Kate Decker Raised Over $70,000 to Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
05.30.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2018
05.17.2018Christina E. Disch Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.07.2018Janis E. Susalla Foley Appointed to Supreme Court of Ohio Commission
04.06.2018Katherine S. Decker Nominated for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year
01.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Five New Partners
11.15.2017Dipawali ("Dipa") Shah Elected Regional Vice President (Tampa) of South Asian Bar Association
11.09.2017Maria del Carmen Ramos Receives Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association's President's Award
10.05.2017Maria Del Carmen Ramos Panelist at Pinellas Florida Association for Women Lawyers CLE Program
09.21.2017Shumaker Women’s Leadership Event Highlights Sarasota Philanthropies
09.21.2017Katherine S. Decker Recipient of Ohio State Bar Foundation Award
08.30.2017The Women Presidents’ Organization Welcomes Michele Leo Hintson as Newest Member of Prestigious Women’s Business Organization
07.26.2017Rebecca E. Shope Recipient of Heidelberg University’s Young Alumni Achievement Award
07.20.2017Leadership Shumaker Donates to Local Charities
06.14.2017Jenifer A. Belt Panelist at United Way Emerging Leaders Event
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
05.24.2017Shumaker Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2017
04.17.2017Shumaker Announces First Diversity Scholarship Recipient
02.22.2017Jonathan Ellis Recognized for Advocacy Work
02.09.2017Jonathan Ellis Honored with the Tikkun Olam Award
01.16.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces New Partners
12.15.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Accepting Diversity Scholarship Applications
12.09.2016Maria del Carmen Ramos Appointed to Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association
12.01.2016Michele Leo Hintson Panelist at HR Tampa's Diversity Summit
11.21.2016Shumaker to Sponsor Collaborative Exhibition Between The Mint Museum and The Toledo Museum of Art
09.23.2016Shumaker's Charlotte Office Accepts NFL Hispanic Heritage Month Award
06.22.2016Jenifer A. Belt Recipient of Ohio LGBT Ally Award
06.03.2016Shumaker Presents Special Performance and Discussion of “Alabama Story”
05.26.2016Shumaker Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2016
05.19.2016Leadership Shumaker Donates to Local Charities
03.11.2016Cheri A. Budzynski Panelist at Ohio Diversity Council’s Toledo Women in Leadership Symposium
02.18.2016Erin Smith Aebel Earns International Client Service Accolade
11.30.2015Attorney Dana Drew Shaw’s Experience On and Off the Court a Slam Dunk for Shumaker
11.17.2015Timothy M. Hughes Elected to Board of Directors of PARC
10.27.2015Shumaker Hosts Pride Scholarship Reception
10.05.2015Rebecca E. Shope Recipient of 20 Under 40 Leadership Award
08.17.2015Erin Smith Aebel to Speak at Women Leaders in Healthcare Law Conference
08.13.2015Mary Ellen Pisanelli Appointed to University of Toledo Board of Trustees
08.10.2015Cathleen E. O'Dowd Reappointed to Tampa's Barrio Latino Commission and Named Vice-Chair
07.22.2015Moses Luski Presented Shumaker Legal Minute at Latin American Chamber of Commerce
06.11.2015Michael H. Robbins Named General Counsel of the Florida Holocaust Museum
06.10.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2015
02.12.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attends Inclusion Summit
01.27.2015Julio C. Esquivel Named First Hispanic Managing Partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
12.01.2014Neema Bell Featured in AALP Discipline Publication
09.24.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attends Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair
09.24.2014Shumaker's Women's Leadership Initiative Hosts Networking Event and Supports Local Business
09.24.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Sponsors Thurgood Marshall Law Association Luncheon
08.25.2014Erin Smith Aebel Wins 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award in Legal Services Category
07.15.2014Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected to Latino American Who's Who
06.18.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Sponsors Pride & Passion
06.13/2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2014
06.05.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Recipient of TWBA Family Friendly Award
05.30.2014Cheri A. Budzynski Selected for Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute Class of 2014-2015
05.12.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Sponsors Chamber Women of Influence Luncheon
03.26.2014Shumaker Extends Health Insurance Benefits to Domestic Partners of All Employees
02.15.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP attends the Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA)-Regional Convention Job Expo in Jacksonville, Florida
02.11.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Celebrates Philanthropic Efforts of Attorneys
01.30.2014Shumaker Proud to Support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast
11.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and Stetson Law Celebrate Diversity in the Legal Community on October 22, 2013
10.28.2013Jenifer A. Belt Recipient of “2013 Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Ohio” Award
06.28.2013Vanessa Goodwin Named to Lawyers of Color's Hot List 2013
06.20.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Recipient of Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum
06.06.2013Sharon M. Fulop Recipient of "Ohio Glass Ceiling Award"
09.28.2012Shumaker's Charlotte Office Recipient of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys' Award



Events and Presentations

12.02.2018Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla, Toledo, Ohio
10.17.2018United Way's Women's Initiative: Pursuing Inspiration
09.27.2018Toledo Women's Bar Association Kickoff Luncheon
08.17.2018Toledo Pride
07.19.2018Diversity Committee Luncheon
03.28.2018YWCA: Milestones for Women
01.15.2018Martin Luther King Day Luncheon
12.03.2017Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla, Toledo, Ohio
11.10.2017Veteran's Day Luncheon
11.01.2017"Women, Wine and Wealth: Mind, Body & Soul"
10.25.2017"Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists" Networking Event
10.18.2017United Way's Women's Initiative "Pursuing Inspiration"
09.20.2017Ohio State Bar Association: District 4 Annual Meeting
09.13.2017Toledo Women's Bar Association: 2017 Kick-Off Luncheon
07.18.2017Marathon Classic LPGA "Women’s Summit"
07.15.2017"EqualityToledo Loves "Love Fest"
05.25.2017Toledo Women's Bar Association: Annual Meeting
05.18.2017Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo “Toledo Ladies for the Clubs Luncheon”
02.25.2017Junior League of Toledo:  Inspire Toledo
03.10.2016YWCA Milestones: A Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon
03.02.2016"Branding: Becoming Visible and Importance of Self," Ohio Diversity Council
02.25.2016Diversity Forum
11.10.2015"Women, Wine and Wealth: Managing Stress"
11.05.2015Professional Women's Network Kick-Off Event - "Bubbles and Baubles"
10.21.2015Wine Tasting Networking Event
09.28.2015Women Leaders in Healthcare Law Conference
06.29.2015Stephen Rothschild Featured Guest on WTOL News Regarding Legal Impact of Same-Sex Marriage Recognition
06.12.20152015 NALP/ALFDP Diversity and Inclusion Summit
05.29.2015"Flextime on a Partnership Track"
04.23.2015WLI Spring Mixer
03.10.2015"Women, Wine and Wealth: Health Edition"
02.18.2015WLI Lunch & Learn
10.15.2014"Women, Wine & Wealth - Workplace Edition"
09.24.2014Women's Leadership Initiative Networking Event
05.14.2014"Women, Wine & Wealth"
05.08.2014"Woman to Woman" Luncheon
02.24.2014"Black History Month Luncheon"
11.7.2013"OWBA 'Giving Back Statewide Event'"


For more information on our commitment to diversity and our policies and procedures, please contact:

Michele Leo Hintson
Partner, Diversity Committee Co-Chair
Direct 813.227.2338
Tampa, FL

Rebecca E. Shope
Partner, Diversity Committee Co-Chair
Direct 419.321.1453
Toledo, OH