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Doug Kauffman Named Leader in Diversity by Birmingham Business Journal
Doug Kauffman, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Labor and Employment Practice, was recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal’s (BBJ) annual “Leaders in Diversity” list, published January 16, 2024. This list highlights individuals who prioritize diversity and serve as creators and facilitators of innovative DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives in the metro area. Honorees will receive awards at a ceremony on March 21.
This recognition reflects Doug’s dedication to championing DEI efforts. He has played a pivotal role on Balch's DEI Council since its inception and chaired the committee in 2016 and 2017.
Doug has helped to grow Balch’s annual Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success since its launch in 2011. The annual program focuses on attracting promising students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession and from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as students facing other significant barriers to entering the legal profession, aiming to equip them with the tools needed to succeed in law school and in their careers. From leading Boot Camp sessions, to serving as a mentor for participants, to chairing the committee in 2016 and 2017, his continued service and leadership has supported the success of the program.
Doug's commitment to supporting students extends to his involvement with the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), where he has served as a guest speaker for BLSA meetings at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. In support of Black History Month, he initiated a mentorship program in partnership with BLSA, organizing meetings at Balch with law students and attorneys to foster mentorship connections and engage in discussions about career opportunities and pathways to success in the legal field.
Additionally, Doug has served as a driving force of DEI initiatives within the Birmingham business community. In 2016, he organized a Diversity Summit that brought together corporate leaders to discuss diversity initiatives, recruitment strategies, and the retention of diverse employees.
For more than 20 years, Doug has counseled large and small employers, helping them stay up to date on the law, regulations, and best practices with respect to employment compliance. When issues arise in the workplace, Doug provides real-time solutions. He also handles complaints or audits by various government agencies, such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he litigates all employment issues in court. Well respected on both sides of the table, Doug is frequently invited to speak at seminars sponsored by government agencies.
Doug is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the nation’s top attorneys in Labor & Employment law, and he has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. The BBJ named Doug to be among the Best of the Bar in 2021.