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Diversity Statement

Hovey Williams LLP believes that a talented and diverse firm culture provides a key competitive advantage not only for ourselves but for our clients as well. Hovey Williams LLP is dedicated to seeking out and retaining the finest individuals to ensure top business growth and performance. In doing so, we are fortunate to have a workforce that represents the varied and diverse community that we serve. The diversity at Hovey Williams LLP encompasses differences in ethnicity, gender, language, age, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, military service, thinking styles, experience, and education. We believe the wide array of perspectives that results from such diversity promotes innovation and business success.

Hovey Williams LLP believes that it is important to do more than simply profess these beliefs. In the past several years, our firm has taken measurable steps to support, promote, and improve diversity and inclusion in our firm and legal community at-large. The firm, in collaboration with retired partner Robert Hovey, supports a scholarship at KU Law School in recognition of the historical underrepresentation of women and minorities in engineering, science, and intellectual property law. It is our hope that the Hovey Williams Award for Inclusion and Diversity in Intellectual Property encourages students from various backgrounds to consider a career in this rewarding field. Hovey Williams LLP is also a proud supporter of the Diverse Student Coalition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  More recently, Hovey Williams LLP became an early adopter of the KCMBA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, publicly expressing our commitment to not only recruit and hire diverse lawyers, but maintain an active commitment to their mentoring, professional development, and advancement in our firm.

Hovey Williams LLP is also proud to have a number of women in leadership roles within the firm and community. Nearly 50% of our firm’s owners are women. These same women devote their time and talent outside of work to a variety of civic and professional organizations that support and promote STEAM education for elementary school students, women in business and the legal profession, provide safe havens for victims of domestic abuse, volunteer to provide legal services for the arts, pro bono legal work for an organization that supports the families of killed and injured first responders, and volunteer with animal rescue projects. The attorneys of Hovey Williams LLP also provide community service to organizations that raise money to provide shelter, medical care, and emergency services for those affected by HIV/AIDS and provide domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes education and victim advocacy to the LGBTQ community.

Hovey Williams LLP treats all individuals with respect and dignity. We strive to create and foster a supportive and understanding environment in which all individuals realize their full potential within the company, regardless of their differences. We recognize the importance of reflecting the diversity of our clients and workforce. The diverse capabilities that reside within our attorneys and staff position Hovey Williams LLP to anticipate and fulfill the needs of our diverse clients, both domestically and internationally. Managing diversity makes us more creative, flexible, productive, and competitive.

Hovey Williams Establishes Award for Inclusion and Diversity in Intellectual Property

Hovey Williams LLP has an ongoing commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal community, particularly in the area of intellectual property law. Along with Robert Hovey, the firm has established an award fund at the University of Kansas School of Law to support law students interested in pursuing a career in IP law and to promote diversity and inclusion in the field. “Diversity is critical to the success of an intellectual property law practice, particularly when representing clients across the globe,” said Andrew Colombo, a partner at Hovey Williams, on behalf of the firm. “However, there is a historical underrepresentation of women and minorities in the sciences and intellectual property law. It is our hope that this endowment will encourage KU Law students from various backgrounds to consider a career in this rewarding field,” Colombo said. This initiative is one of many steps the firm has taken over the years to promote diversity and inclusion in IP law. The firm named its first female partner in 2003, and by 2019 reached 40% female ownership. Since 2012, the firm has also supported one of its female partners, Crissa Cook, in teaching a course in patent law at the University of Kansas School of Law, which has become a regular part of the curriculum. Hovey Williams LLP remains committed to supporting and seeking out diverse legal talent in the IP field to join its team. http://blog.law.ku.edu/giving/hovey-williams-establishes-new-student-ip-award/