Our Commitment to Diversity
Diversity Committee Mission Statement
Buckingham is dedicated to increasing diversity among its attorneys and staff to improve the practice of law internally and throughout the community. Building a diverse workforce is not achieved in a moment. It requires a sustained commitment, concerted effort and the time and attention of all of us. Our Firm is striving to continue to create an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity in order to better serve our clients. Buckingham believes that to be a strong Firm, we need to have a diverse table with people bringing ideas from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
A Message from our Managing Partner
Together we can achieve more
At Buckingham, we believe diversity drives innovation and plays an important role in being successful. Having individuals with a wide range of experiences can help generate new ideas about services and practices. Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity is an important part of our culture at Buckingham. We recognize that providing exceptional service to our clients can best be accomplished in a thriving, diverse workplace. We are committed to strengthening diversity within our Firm through diversity-related education and training opportunities, and also by recruiting and retaining the finest talent from all backgrounds, perspectives and abilities. Promoting diversity is an integral part of our mission to strive for excellence as individuals and as a Firm.
Diversity, equity and inclusion will continue to be key areas of focus at Buckingham as we continuously drive the progress of these critical concepts. We are a place where different perspectives are not only accepted, but celebrated.
We are one Buckingham, comprised of many individuals with unique perspectives and experiences to best serve our clients, our employees and our communities.
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Buckingham’s Diversity Committee:
Christina Williams, Associate, Diversity Committee Co-Chair
Erin Myers, Director of Marketing, Diversity Committee Co-Chair
Brandyn Costa, Associate
Scott Cerny, Paralegal
Katie DeFino, Associate
Erin Dickinson, Of Counsel
Steve Dimengo, Managing Partner
Nick George, Partner
Jamie Grippi, Paralegal
Derrick Haines, Partner
Lou Maglione, CFO/COO
Michelle Manley, Canton Receptionist
Caytie Matti, Director of Human Resources and Talent Sucess
Hannah Mink, Associate
Chris Niekamp, Partner
Sara Pakrashi, Director of Business Development
Carmen Roberto, Of Counsel
Ellison Starnes, Associate
Heather Steele, Associate
Jenn Venuto, Senior Event Planning and Marketing Specialist
Dustin Vrabel, Partner
Recent Initiatives & Events
- Working with diverse student groups at several area law schools
- Attended Akron Urban League’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
- Sponsored MLK Power Love Justice weekend
- Conducted firm-wide annual DEI training (past topics include implicit bias, generational diversity, etc.)
Equal Employment Opportunity
Buckingham is committed to fostering a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. It is the policy of our firm to provide equal employment opportunity at all times without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Click here for our EEOC Policy Statement.
For more information about our firm’s diversity efforts, please contact Steve Dimengo, Buckingham’s Managing Partner, or Christina Williams, Chair of Buckingham’s Diversity Committee.
Steve Dimengo: [email protected] or 330.258.6460
Christina Williams: [email protected] or 216..736.4234