Columbus, Ohio – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC member Michael E. Flowers has been named to the inaugural Board of Visitors for West Virginia State University. Board of Visitors members serve as advocates, advisers, and ambassadors to the university in an effort to maintain and enhance its standing in the region and throughout the nation. Flowers received the appointment based on his professional success as well as his commitment to leadership and service.
Flowers joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2016 and is the firm’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He works with the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee to execute diversity initiatives as well as assist with programs designed to attract and retain diverse talent. He liaises with clients to learn more about their diversity and inclusion programs and develops strategies that benefit the client as well as the firm. Flowers led the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee as it developed the firm’s innovative Diversity Due Diligence initiative, or D-Cubed, which is designed to provide each firm lawyer with a role in building a more inclusive firm by making diversity a central consideration when undertaking any business activity.
In his legal practice, Flowers advises businesses involved in major transactions and assists with business structuring, acquisitions and divestitures, and business financings (debt and equity). He also has an active practice in commercial real estate including working with developers who are focused on producing more affordable housing.
Flowers was appointed by several Ohio Governors to serve as a member of the Minority Development Financing Advisory Board through 2026 and he now serves as the Chair of this Board. He is a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law and past member of its Board of Governors. Flowers helped initiate legal reform in six African countries on the ABA’s behalf and now serves as an advisor to its Rule of Law Initiative Board, which is active in legal reforms in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Flowers earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.
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