Diversity

AGG is highly committed to its mission of fostering diversity in our workplace, in our relationships with clients, in our profession, and in our community.

Our Mission

“Providing legal services of the highest quality requires the greatest possible breadth of background, perspective, orientation and experience. Building on the progressive and pioneering values that led to our founding, AGG is committed to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion that embraces the differences and similarities among all people.”

We seek to fulfill our diversity mission by:

  • Listening and responding to our clients’ needs for diverse perspectives and talents;
  • Fostering a working environment of fairness and mutual respect;
  • Attracting, retaining and developing talent that is representative of the growing diversity of our clients, their businesses and our communities;
  • Being a leader in community initiatives, which recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion; and
  • Driving change in the legal profession.

AGG is a charter founding member of the Atlanta Large Law Firm Diversity Alliance, a group of 11 law firms, which, working in partnership with the American Institute for Managing Diversity, developed a curriculum to train law firm leadership on how to manage and improve diversity in their firms. AGG is also an active member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Diversity Program and our attorneys serve in leadership roles.

Leadership

Our Diversity Committee works regularly to develop effective programs and best practices for promoting and supporting diversity within the firm. The Committee works with the firm’s Executive Committee to ensure our diversity goals are incorporated into the firm’s strategic initiatives. The Committee consists of the following AGG attorneys and directors:

Programs

High School Pipeline Project for Minority Students

We host the Georgia State Bar Association’s annual luncheon and a one-on-one mentoring session as part of the High School Pipeline Project for Minority Students. The summer program targets high school students and has two primary objectives: improving students skills in grammar, writing and speech to assist them in college and law school; and providing mentoring sessions with members of the judiciary and attorneys who can inspire, educate and motivate students to consider law as a career.

Women’s Initiative

Our Women’s Initiative promotes internal networking and teambuilding among the firm’s women attorneys, female summer associates, clients and the community. The firm supports and seeks to develop female leadership within the firm and to align itself with the firm’s female clients by understanding and supporting their unique needs as professional women.

Attorney Maternity and Paternity Paid Leave Policy

To help facilitate a smooth transition for attorneys with new family members, we offer maternity and paternity paid leave policy to enable new parents to spend time with their newborn, newly adopted or recently placed foster children. We recognize the physical, emotional and psychological demands of both childbirth and adoption, and believe a period of leave can be important for the well-being of both the parent and the child.

Childcare Subsidy

As part of our efforts to support the unique family needs of our employees, AGG offers subsidized childcare services for our attorneys and staff members residing in our Atlanta office. We provide 50% of the monthly tuition cost at two conveniently located local daycares.

AGG's Women's Initiative Works Hand-in-Hand with the Diversity Committee

Community

We are proud to be leaders in community initiatives which recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion. Here is a sampling of past and present highlights:

  • Althea Broughton is one of five members to be appointed to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council for a three year term.
  • Jason Bring is a member of the Diversity Law Institute.
  • Mike Burke has won awards from the ABA Section of International Law as co-author of a policy supporting U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a policy opposing various laws around the world that criminalize homosexuality.
  • Aaron Danzig served as Board Chair for Our House, Inc.
  • Brooke Dickerson is on the Membership Committee of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Atlanta chapter and is a Board Member of The Temple and serves on its Membership and Governance Committees.
  • Kevin Coy is a member of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
  • Jim Gober served as a board member of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers’ Foundation for almost 10 years and served as AVLF’s President.
  • David Marmins is a member of the Civil Rights Committee of Anti-Defamation League in the Southeast Region and serves on the Interfaith Committee of The Temple.
  • Alan Minsk served on the Board of Trustees and as past President of the Atlanta Jewish Academy, a K-12 Jewish day school.
  • Matt Ohm is an elected board member of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, Inc., an organization which supports the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Carol Saul is a Board Chair of Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential.
  • Teri Simmons serves as Chair of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, as appointed by former Mayor Kasim Reed. She is also the past President and Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce, current board member and legal counsel to the German American Cultural Foundation, past Chair and national board member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and past scholarship recipient for travel to Israel with the American Jewish Committee. Additionally, she is the co-organizer of the Center for Civil and Human Rights/ Nuremberg Trial Exhibition Exchange and a recipient of the Nuremberg International Prize of Honor.