The law firms commitment to gender and ethnic equality in the legal category is an example of how the business of law is evolving.
West Palm Beach, FL, June 29, 2019 –(PR.com)– The population of our country continues to become more and more diverse particularly in and around our southern states. Florida for instance has become one of the most diverse states in the country, primarily because of its huge agriculture industry and is an international tourist destination.
One such industry in Florida that must adjust to the ever-changing cultural environment is the legal trade, law firms. With so many Central and South Americans along with the numerous Caribbean Island influence and Europeans, it would seem that a business would need to have a full-time translator to do business daily.
Here is a quick look at Florida’s ethnic breakdown. According to the 2010 census, the racial distributions are as follows; 54.1% White, 16.9% African American (includes Afro-Caribbeans), 2.9% Asian American, 0.5 Native Americans, 25.6% are Hispanics or Latino.
The Palm Beach market place, which consist of a five-county area, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties, mirror closely the state itself with 60% Caucasian, 17% Hispanic, 15% African American and 8% other.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is one of the state’s top ten largest personal injury law firms with a staff of nearly 80. About 30% of the support staff is Hispanic. Of the 9 associate attorneys, 2 are African American and 2 are Hispanic. “Every firm needs to look at the makeup of their firm and make sure that diversity is a key factor,” said Lake “Trey” Lytal, a co-founder of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath in West Palm Beach. “Without diversity in a firm, you’re not mirroring the community that you’re working for.” The firm also encourages their associates to become involved in their legal community by taking leadership roles in different community and legal organizations. The firm partners set an example for their associates to follow. Trey just finished his year long term as President of the Florida Justice Association, the state’s largest plaintiffs’ bar group. Joe Reiter is a past President of the Florida Bar Association while Lance Ivey and Kevin Smith focus their attention on legal ethics and law enforcement boards. Todd Fronrath is involved with community outreach foundations and student athletes. Many of the firms associates follow suit. Lytal noted some of his firm’s diverse attorneys have held leadership positions in affinity bars and the Florida Bar. Jason McIntosh is president of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association, a voluntary group founded by black attorneys in Palm Beach County in the 1970s, and Nelson Baez is a former president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and Kelsey Burke is currently President Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association.
When clients come to the firm they appreciate and recognize the diversity in the firm and know we can breakdown almost any language barrier if need.
“I don’t think there’s any question that of anywhere in the country, South Florida ought to be leading the charge with diversity at law firms,” expressed Mr. Lytal.
About Lake H. Lytal III:
Trey Lytal is a partner at the trial law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. Lake H. “Trey” Lytal, III is a top civil trial attorney specializing in personal injury and wrongful death litigation including automobile accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and premises liability. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, the highest level of recognition for attorney competency and experience. He has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients throughout Florida and the United States.
About Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath:
The law firm was established in 1985 and represents the plaintiff in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents and nursing home abuse cases. Their national reputation for representing and fighting for the rights of those who have been injured is well known.
For more information on Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, call the West Palm Beach office at 561-655-1990.
Published at Sat, 29 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000