MMM’s new practice group serving LGBTQ-conscious businesses is earning significant interest from the news media. The firm founded the group to ensure the rapidly-growing LGBTQ business sector has what it needs to thrive – and to help Fortune 500 companies find diverse vendors.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle noted that MMM, one of Atlanta’s largest law firms, is the first Southern law firm to create such a practice, adding that the attorneys “will work with LGBTQ-owned businesses on legal issues such as real estate, finance, mergers and acquisitions and litigation. The group would also help corporations fulfill diversity goals.”
Bloomberg mentioned the new practice group in its national “Business & Practice” newsletter.
In an interview with Law360 Pulse, group co-chair Doug Selph told Law360 Pulse that connecting people has always been integral to the firm's culture. Co-chair Charles Hicks noted that the firm aims to fill the void LGBTQ companies often face when they want to grow and to develop a level of sophistication.
Law.com’s Pro Mid-Market Daily Update newsletter shared the story as well. Selph, who launched an LGBTQ Affinity Group nine years ago, described MMM as a “conscious, welcoming and accepting workplace.” Hicks, who has been working on the idea of the dedicated practice area for about six months, added that it makes sense for MMM to offer business owners a safe and socially conscious place and partner with them as their companies grow.
Media outlets written for members of the LGBTQ community in Atlanta and Chicago took notice as well. Georgia Voice, the premier media source for LGBTQ Georgia, highlighted the firm’s volunteer work and score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
The Windy City Times ran a story quoting both Hicks and Selph in a wrap-up of timely national news items.