Our History of Diversity
Greensfelder’s history of diverse viewpoints dates to its initial partnership of Christian and Jewish attorneys in 1927 — the year Forrest Hemker joined the firm Bernard Greensfelder had established three decades earlier. As the firm grew, so did its initiatives toward diversity and inclusion. In the early 1990s, Greensfelder was an early supporter of initiatives such as the St. Louis Minority Clerkship Program and a high school internship program.
In 2004, Greensfelder created a diversity committee charged with addressing diversity initiatives and community outreach efforts. After a consultant’s assessment of the firm’s diversity efforts in 2006, a new position of director of professional development and inclusion was added to the staff. In 2016, the firm appointed its first chief diversity officer.
Our diversity initiatives were recognized in 2012 with a Joint Diversity Award, sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis and the Mound City Bar Association. Other recognition includes a Legal Employer Diversity Award from the Washington University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association and the Thomas C. Hullverson Anniversary Award for support of the St. Louis Internship Program.