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Growth Inclusion Teamwork
Our Firm is committed to recruiting, developing and retaining talented attorneys and professional staff from all backgrounds. In order to succeed, we take great pride in a culture of inclusion where everyone at Ice Miller feels respected, is treated fairly and has the opportunity to perform at the highest potential.  
 
We are steadfast in our efforts to build a workplace that embraces difference, is collaborative, welcoming and focused on growth—positioning Ice Miller to thrive today and tomorrow. 
 
To learn more about the Firm’s current diversity & inclusion initiatives, please contact Kristen Matha, Director of Diversity & Inclusion. 
 
Our Mission
As a Firm dedicated to helping our clients stay ahead of a changing world, we know creativity and innovation are essential. A diverse team that sees challenges from different perspectives and cultural references drives creativity, fuels innovation and strengthens relationships. We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce, which leverages our differences to provide the best possible legal services to our clients.

Building a Better Ice Miller

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Partner-in-Charge

Diversity & Inclusion Council

Well-Being in the Legal Profession

Partner-in-Charge

Partner-in-Charge

Partner-in-Charge
Myra Selby serves as Partner-in-Charge of Diversity and Inclusion. Myra is focused on ensuring the Firm is positioned to meet our clients’ diversity and inclusion expectations. In this role, she works closely with the Chief Managing Partner, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to promote strategic alignment.

Myra has the distinction of being both the first woman and the first African American to serve as an associate justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. She currently serves as chair of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness.  
 


Diversity & Inclusion Council

Diversity & Inclusion Council

Diversity & Inclusion Council 
Strategy & Engagement
We know diverse perspectives and life experiences combine for powerful results, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment where our team members can bring their whole selves to work each day.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Council is led by Greg Gorospe, partner and co-chair, and Heather James, partner and co-chair. In 2019, the Firm combined its Diversity & Inclusion Committee and its Women’s Initiative Committee to promote intersectionality and to strengthen our ability to view issues through multiple lenses.  The new Diversity & Inclusion Council also strengthens our inclusion leadership at the local level and empowers each office to advance the Firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Our Council collaborates with Firm leadership to achieve our strategy for recruiting, developing, retaining and advancing underrepresented talent. The Council also partners with external organizations to promote greater equality in our communities and legal profession.
 
Inclusive Leadership Skills & Cultural Awareness
The Council is focused on growing the Firm’s inclusive leadership skills and cultural awareness by providing Firm-wide learning opportunities for all team members. Most recently, we provided Firm-wide unconscious bias training and incorporated inclusive leadership skills training into our retreats and academies. The Firm also provides monthly cultural awareness learning opportunities and offers a Firm-wide diversity and inclusion “lunch-and-learn” program. In 2018, we featured representatives from Lambda Legal, who discussed the challenging legal landscape that LGBTQ+ people navigate and shared insights on full workplace inclusion. Further, we featured the Chief Talent Officer at the United Way of Central Indiana for a talk on generational diversity in the workplace.

Learn more about our work by reviewing Ice Miller's 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report.      
 
Firm Contacts
Name Position Phone Email
Greg Gorospe (Co-Chair) Partner 614-462-1042 greg.gorospe@icemiller.com
Heather James (Co-Chair) Partner 317-236-2199 heather.james@icemiller.com
Randall Arndt Partner 614-462-2235 randall.arndt@icemiller.com
Reena Bajowala Partner 312-726-6220 reena.bajowala@icemiller.com
Paul Bittner Partner 614-462-2228 paul.bittner@icemiller.com
Kristine Bouaichi Managing Partner 317-236-5994 kristine.bouaichi@icemiller.com
Margaret Butler Partner 212-824-4947 margaret.butler@icemiller.com
Isaac J. Colunga Partner 312-726-7157 isaac.colunga@icemiller.com
Aaron Ettelman Partner 215-377-5033 aaron.ettelman@icemiller.com
Christl Glier Partner 317-236-2314 christl.glier@icemiller.com
Joanne Goldhand Partner 614-462-1107 joanne.goldhand@icemiller.com
Michael S. Jordan Managing Partner 614-462-2283 michael.jordan@icemiller.com
Kristen Matha Director of
Diversity & Inclusion
317-236-2475 kristen.matha@icemiller.com
Myra Selby Partner 317-236-5903 myra.selby@icemiller.com
Freedom Smith Partner 317-236-5893 freedom.smith@icemiller.com
Kip Tew Partner 317-236-2255 kip.tew@icemiller.com

 


Well-Being in the Legal Profession

Well-Being in the Legal Profession

Well-Being in the Legal Profession
Ice Miller is a proud signatory of the American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge. By joining other top law firms and legal employers in this pledge, the Firm recognizes the significant challenges substance use and mental health problems present in the legal profession and acknowledges that more can and should be done to improve the health and well-being of lawyers and legal professionals.

The Firm has committed to raising awareness and working to improve lawyer and legal professional well-being. We provide confidential access to mental health experts and resources, in addition to free in-house mental health self-assessment tools. We offer Firm-wide quarterly well-being workshops and incorporate well-being education into broader professional development opportunities. Through the Firm’s Wellness Program, we also provide a number of resources for physical well-being for all attorneys and staff.


Our Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

Advancing Inclusion: Women

Advancing Inclusion: People of Color & LGBTQ+

Our Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan
Ice Miller's approach is centered on building a work environment that will attract talented attorneys and professional staff who are seeking an inclusive organization to grow their careers. The Firm's strategic focus is directed at building an inclusive culture and equitable systems in order to retain and advance team members from all backgrounds. This focus will enrich our work environment and provide opportunities to better understand and serve our clients. 

Ice Miller remains focused on building a welcoming and inclusive workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
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Our Inclusion Principles
By collectively committing to this work, we will experience increased engagement, drive better performance and ultimately build a stronger and more successful Firm. 

To guide our collective effort, we've asked every member of our Firm to:

1. Commit Personally: focus on individual contributions, engagement and accountability for building an inclusive culture. 
2. Create Transparency: focus on sharing information and knowledge to support success.
3. Embrace Difference: focus on valuing all contributions, treating people with respect and investing in their careers.

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Our Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

Our Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

Our Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan
Ice Miller's approach is centered on building a work environment that will attract talented attorneys and professional staff who are seeking an inclusive organization to grow their careers. The Firm's strategic focus is directed at building an inclusive culture and equitable systems in order to retain and advance team members from all backgrounds. This focus will enrich our work environment and provide opportunities to better understand and serve our clients. 

Ice Miller remains focused on building a welcoming and inclusive workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan Image
Our Inclusion Principles
By collectively committing to this work, we will experience increased engagement, drive better performance and ultimately build a stronger and more successful Firm. 

To guide our collective effort, we've asked every member of our Firm to:

1. Commit Personally: focus on individual contributions, engagement and accountability for building an inclusive culture. 
2. Create Transparency: focus on sharing information and knowledge to support success.
3. Embrace Difference: focus on valuing all contributions, treating people with respect and investing in their careers.

Click the image above to view the strategic plan overview. 


Advancing Inclusion: Women

Advancing Inclusion: Women

Advancing Inclusion: Women
Ice Miller continues to build upon the Firm’s long history of investing in our women leaders by committing resources to professional development, career building and networking opportunities for women attorneys.

In 2018, the Firm hosted multiple receptions across several offices to strengthen internal networks and broaden client relationships. Additionally, we sponsor a Business Development Mentoring Program, which pairs women associates and counsel with women partners. This program provides mentees with the opportunity to learn about cultivating a professional profile, networking effectively and developing strategies for attracting new clients.

2018 also featured our Women’s Leadership Conference, which brought the Firm’s women together to focus on relationship building and professional development. Sessions included Dealing with Conflict and Difficult Situations, The Art of Asking for What You Want, Expanding Your Network and Improving Your Practice with Project Management.

WILEF LogoThe Firm also achieved Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) 2018 Gold Standard Certification, which demonstrates that women represent a meaningful percentage of our equity partners, of our highest leadership positions, of our governance and compensation committees and of our most highly compensated partners.


Learn more about women's leadership at Ice Miller.
Women of Ice Miller 


Advancing Inclusion: People of Color & LGBTQ+

Advancing Inclusion: People of Color & LGBTQ+

Supporting Diverse Attorneys
Ice Miller is focused on the development, retention and advancement of our attorneys of color and LGBTQ+ attorneys. We continue to commit resources to enhance internal networking opportunities and client-facing business development experiences for our attorneys of color and LGBTQ+ attorneys.

In 2018, our attorneys attended the Defense Research Institute’s Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo, the Charting Your Own Course Career Conference as well as the LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair. 2018 also featured our Diverse Attorney Retreat, which brought together our attorneys of color and LGBTQ+ attorneys for relationship building and professional development. The program included a workshop on how to respond to unconscious bias and a discussion on industry leadership.

The Firm is an active partner with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and was named a “Top Performer” for 2018. The LCLD program provides tremendous development opportunity for our attorneys and in 2019 we are continuing our participation in the Fellows, Pathfinder and 1L Scholars Programs. Most recently, the Firm hosted a Fellows Leadership Lunch, a Mentoring Program Luncheon, a Fellows and Pathfinder Networking Reception and a Fellows Alumni Experiential Learning Series Program.

We believe it takes a multi-faceted approach to train and develop new attorneys to reach their full potential and become successful practitioners. Our Career Coaching Program provides broad-based development for all of our associates and counsel in such areas as business development, strategic networking, leadership, credentialing, public speaking, community involvement and work-life integration. All associates and counsel are matched with a partner who serves as their career coach and who will expand their networks, assist them with navigating the profession and support their continued growth.
 
At Ice Miller, we want you to openly be who you are. Our Firm is an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Our Firm offers transgender inclusive healthcare benefits, domestic partner benefits and gender neutral parental leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

In 2018 our Firm engaged in several initiatives in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Specifically, we attended the LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, marched in the Indianapolis Pride Parade, donated legal services to Trinity Haven, the first residence in Indiana dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth who are experiencing homelessness.



By the Numbers

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of our managing partners are women

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of attorneys who joined our Firm in 2018 are members of underrepresented groups

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of our equity partners are women


Contributing to a Diverse & Inclusive Legal Community
Ice Miller invests in organizations and participates in programs that expand the legal diversity pipeline.  
 

 

Belief in Action

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Ice Miller Named LCLD 2019 Top Performer
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Ice Miller is Proud Sponsor of DRTCI Annual Conference
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