The Lawrenceville-based law firm of Stark & Stark on Wednesday announced that shareholders Trina Glass, Bhaveen Jani and Thomas Onder have been elected to new leadership roles within the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Glass and Jani are co-chairs, while Onder will serve as secretary of the committee. Glass is a member of Stark & Stark’s Investment Management & Securities Group and a member of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color. Jani, a trial attorney in the firm’s Accident & Personal Injury Group, is a past president of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey and serves on the DE&I Committee of the New Jersey Association for Justice. Onder serves as chair of Stark & Stark’s Shopping Center & Retail Development Group, is also state chair of ICSC’s NJ/PA/DE Region and a board member of the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice.
“Everyone at Stark & Stark is very proud of what our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee has accomplished since its inception,” Managing Shareholder Michael Donahue said. “As Trina, Bhaveen and Tom take on their new roles, we are excited by their vision and commitment to stewarding the committee’s further progress.”
“As a diverse attorney, it is important to me that all people have a voice and are free to be their authentic selves. Over the next few years, my co-chair and I will work with the committee to promote collaboration within and outside the firm from a DE&I perspective, set strategic goals designed to enhance and measure DE&I and create action plans to achieve those goals,” Glass stated.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee at Stark & Stark engages and leads organizations outside of the firm that seek to improve diversity and inclusion, educating others on the importance of a diverse and inclusive environment and guiding the firm’s diversified recruiting efforts. Stark & Stark relies on the unique backgrounds of its attorneys and staff to meet its goals of excellence, ethically serving its clients and learning from each other.
“When we engage in open dialogue about our differences and what we have in common, our firm becomes more inclusive and a better place to work and thrive. I’m excited to take on this new role, because Stark & Stark is committed to DE&I from the top down and I’m confident that we will grow because of it,” Jani added.
Onder concluded: “It is a privilege to be selected as the secretary for our firm’s DE&I Committee. I am excited about helping to coordinate and plan our path forward as we all return to the office.”