Thomas L. Sager is an attorney who opens doors for others. Standing beside a stranger in an elevator, he says, “after you” and waits to leave. He enjoys being a mentor to younger attorneys, often taking the initiative to invite them to lunch to discuss their careers.

He helped develop the DuPont Legal Model, an industry benchmark and process for law firms to promote diverse and inclusive cultures while redefining how they measure success.

“Diversity in your law firm is not something you can check off in a day, a week, a month or even a year,” says Sager, a founding board member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). “It’s a journey that needs to be discussed or talked about often. It’s a day-to-day commitment that needs to be in place, and it needs to be personal.”

Sager retired from DuPont last summer after spending his entire 37-year legal career with the company. Three months later, at age 64, he joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia, Pa. and Wilmington, Del., offices. The move from the corporate world to private practice means he no longer is on the MCCA board of directors, but he plans to remain involved with the association.

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