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Pond Lehocky Disability attorneys and staff recognize nation’s injustices

As a firm that fights for the rights of others every day, it is our duty to educate ourselves and stand with our clients, employees, and partners of colorPond Lehocky Disability partner, Thomas J. Giordano, shares his thoughts early Tuesday morning in an all-staff email.   

I feel completely helpless, frustrated and quite honestly, ill-equipped to even comment on what is happening in our city and in our country,” Tom writes.While my life was far from perfect, I know nothing of the struggles that minorities in this country, especially African Americans, deal with every day. We are listening, and most importantly we want to know how we can help. We don’t have the answers. We need your help; we need your feedback.  

This message did not fall on deaf ears at the firm. Donald (DJ) Russel, a Pond Lehocky Disability Case Manager, activist, and member of the LGBTQ/black community, shares that he feels resilience as he readTom’s email that touches on the current state of our nation.  

As always, I felt our company has been aware and inclusive of all voices! Now more than ever, our black brothers and sisters’ voices need to be heard,” DJ said. “I am sad. I am overwhelmed. I am angry. We are tired. I am glad to be a part of an organization that doesn’t silence the voices of the people who must be heard. We have a long way to go, but with the continued support and acknowledgement by our partners, we can move forward to a place of peace.”  

Pond Lehocky fosters open communication and input from its staff. Culture and community remain core values at the firm. The firm hosted a dress down day fundraiser during Black History Month and matched all staff donations to Institute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY). Staff also donated canned food goods for Broad Street Ministry.  

“As an African American, I strive to not only set a positive example for my clients, but to also foster better relationships and understanding with my coworkers from all backgrounds.  I hope that my willingness to have open communication about my background serves as a tool to truly break barriers and create a positive working environment,” Pond Lehocky attorney Danielle Webb shared during Black History Month earlier this year.  

I needed to say something so that everyone in this firm knows that this movement matters to us and to me,” Tom emphasized.  


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