Nate Lampley Jr.

Nate Lampley Jr., managing partner
of the Cincinnati office, is the only
African American to lead a major
Cincinnati law firm. He is also a
member of the firm’s
Management Committee.


2019-2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ReportDiversity is a core value at Vorys.  Our commitment to diversity has created an atmosphere in which our people thrive and are encouraged to use their different talents, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences to serve our clients.  Likewise, we believe that through our commitment to diversity, we better serve the communities in which we live and work. 

Since 2008, Vorys has been recognized as one of the top gay-friendly workplaces in central Ohio on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

Vorys earned the WILEF Gold Standard Certification for the first time since in 2019 and again in 2020.  Under new more stringent criteria, Vorys is one of only 48 law firms across the United States to have earned the WILEF Gold Standard Certification designation in 2021. 

Additionally, the firm has been a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity since its inception.

Vorys is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the firm to provide equal opportunity at all times without regard to sex, marital status, race, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, military/veteran status or handicap/disability.

Recruiting Diverse Talent

We are committed to recruiting the best and the brightest from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Members of the Hiring Committee attend minority job fairs and participate in events to meet talented and diverse law students, judicial clerks, and lateral candidates. These include events sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the career fair at the annual Lavender Law Conference, sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association. Our lawyers also regularly visit school campuses, build relationships with student associations, and meet with law students in informal settings to discuss legal careers.

Vorys is proud to be a demonstrated leader in recruiting diverse talent into the legal profession. More than 20 years ago, a partner in our firm co-founded the nationally recognized Minority Clerkship Program sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association. 

Vorys has established the George Corey Scholarship program in memory of our beloved partner, George Corey, whose immense legal talent, professionalism, and warmth left an indelible mark on the Ohio legal community, and who was passionate about recruiting the best and the brightest from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The program awards a scholarship each year to law student who is (i) a member of one of the underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups, (ii) a member of the LGBTQ community, and/or (iii) person with a disability.  

Retaining Diverse Talent

Recruiting talented lawyers is only the first step.  We are also dedicated to developing, retaining, and promoting our attorneys.  In addition to a firm culture of collegiality and mutual respect, we have created mentoring and professional development programs to ensure that our lawyers receive every opportunity to achieve personal growth and professional success. 

Some of these efforts include: