Adrian Thompson

Chief Diversity Officer Cleveland
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Adrian serves as Taft’s first Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, he leads the firm’s commitment and strategy regarding diversity and inclusion across Taft’s 10 offices. He also co-chairs Taft’s diversity and inclusion committee, a group of 18 attorneys and senior staff who collaborate to create initiatives toward a comprehensive mindset of inclusiveness in the firm’s thinking and actions. Adrian also helps to develop and oversee the implementation of policies and programs designed to recruit, train and retain a diverse workforce, thereby guiding Taft to become an employer of choice.

In addition to his role as CDO, Adrian is co-partner-in-charge of Taft's Cleveland office and maintains a full-time practice in the Employment Law and Education practices. He is also a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Adrian’s areas of responsibility as Chief Diversity Officer include:

  • Being the firm’s spokesperson on topics related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Creating an environment where implicit bias is openly discussed and understood and does not distort opportunities for inclusion.
  • Articulating, promoting and reinforcing Taft’s mandate for diversity and inclusion and commitment toward creating a culture of inclusion for all Taft team members.
  • Encouraging Taft attorneys to be thought leaders and change agents in the communities where they work and live.
  • Serving as a resource, mentor and advisor to Taft leadership teams and personnel.
  • Implementing best practices across Taft’s offices.
  • Participating in professional organizations and networks that promote diversity and inclusion.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America for Education Law (2012-present)

  • Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers

  • Taft 2017 Legacy Award Winner

  • Greater Cleveland Partnership 2018 Best in Class - Diversity in the Legal Profession


  • The Ohio State University College of Law (1986)
  • Bowling Green State University (1983)


  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Member
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership

    AMP Steering Committee Member

  • Ohio State Bar Association Member
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Member, Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland President Emeritus of the Board of Directors
  • Norman S. Minor Bar Association Member