Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mayor Ballard Gives Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Award

Today was the 8th Annual City of Indianapolis Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Awards Luncheon, moderated by Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. Bob Grand, Managing Partner of Barnes & Thornburg, was on the small committee selecting the winners for the Mayor. (After all, who better to judge racial diversity than a wealthy white man like Bob Grand?) So who do you think won the first award for diversity at the luncheon? If you guessed Barnes & Thornburg, you would be correct. Yep, the law firm won for promoting diversity in the community.

I could not attend because I had a deposition for one of the eight African-American nurses I represent in a lawsuit against a big corporation based, in part, on allegations they suffered racial discrimination at their place of employment. What law firm is representing the big corporation? Barnes & Thornburg, of course. A lot of big companies hire Barnes & Thornburg to aggessively go after African-Americans and other minorities who have filed lawsuits against those companies alleging discrimination. But hey, Barnes & Thornburg deserves a "diversity" award. After all, the law firm does not discriminate among the big companies they represent, as long as they come in the door with plenty of green in hand.

I have to admit, Bob Grand and company have chutzpah. There is no shame at 111 South Meridian Street.

7 comments:

Diana Vice said...

Well, heck, Paul, let's get all your friends together and vote for you to receive a special award. What shall we call it?

Paul K. Ogden said...

I wish I would have had you nominate me and my law firm. We have an actual minority owned law firm here with actual diversity. We actually represent minorities in discrimnation cases. I guarantee you B&T has never done that.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Sounds like they have a mutual admiration society. That's just what Peterson did.

Did Angie's List get a diversity award? That company deserves one! It's one of the most diverse places you will ever see.

Anonymous said...

Now Barnes & Thorburg "high-jacks" diversity.

Downtown Indy said...

Oh now, B&T is quite diverse: Rich corporations, rich politicians, rich businessmen, rich sports franchises, rich construction firms, rich athletes, rich lawyers...

Paul K. Ogden said...

HFFT, I'm not sure. I'm pretty sure Angie's Lists odds of winning would go up if they retained Barnes & Thornburg.

Anonymous said...

Too many attorneys in the stew has spoiled the quality of service to citizens in this city.

Peterson had Ice Miller, before Barnes & Thornburg, before them it was Baker Daniels handling the city's business.
All of these attorneys geting rich off the taxpayers.

It is clear the public thinks only attorneys can run the government. Why don't they hvea private law practice. Lazy lawyers run for public office or accept appointments. Judges and prosecutors, yes, but administrative positions no,

Bill and Hillary Clinton, Evan and Susan Bayh, Barack and Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Sen Edward Kennedy, Mitch Daniels, Bart Peterson, Ed and Ann Delaney, Scott Newman, Jeff Modisett, etc.

The exclusive club of barristers know all the loop holes in the laws reason we have so much corruption.