Tommy Shi is the Director of Inclusion & Diversity – US for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, responsible for strategic initiatives and the delivery of projects and activities related to inclusion and diversity in the US offices of the firm. Tommy collaborates with firm leadership, the Global Inclusion & Diversity Action Board, Partner Champions and firm Affinity Groups in advancing the firm’s Inclusion & Activity goals.
Tommy most recently served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Day Pitney, where as a member of the senior management team, he led the development and implementation of the firm’s strategic diversity and inclusion plan by serving as a thought leader, ambassador and advocate.
Prior to Day Pitney, Tommy was the Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Mercedes-Benz USA, leading the strategic direction, development and implementation of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Tommy’s responsibilities embraced Marketing, Sales, Human Resources and Dealer Network Activities. Tommy was also responsible for the company’s Corporate Giving activities. Tommy joined Mercedes-Benz USA as a Counsel in the legal department after working as a litigation associate at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti in Morristown, New Jersey.
Active in diversity activities and organizations and a frequent speaker on diversity issues, Tommy has received a Corporate Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey; an Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award and a Vanguard Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame. Other awards include an Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Diversity Advocacy Award from the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers Association and a Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Tommy is President of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and a past president of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey. Tommy has served as a member of the Leadership Advisory Council of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; the Association of National Advertisers’ Multicultural Marketing and Diversity Committee; the PGA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Corporate Advisory Board of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and the Board of the Tri-State Diversity Council.
Tommy served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character and also as a Trustee and Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Committee of the Morris County Bar Association.
A graduate of the Boston College Law School, Tommy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University.