Diversity and inclusion define our culture and the way we do business. We know that combining diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations and ages contributes unique perspectives, adds business value and attracts and retains top talent. Diversity is not just about smart business. It’s about doing what’s right for our clients, our people, our profession and the world in which we live. It’s about all of us thriving together.

Because It Matters

A Proud Legacy

More than a century ago, our predecessor firms challenged the status quo, building a proud legacy of promoting key tenets of diversity and inclusion that significantly shaped the legal landscape, championing issues of hiring discrimination, civil rights and women in the workplace.

Client-Centric Commitment

We value our clients’ commitment to diversity and inclusion and its connection to their overall business objectives. We partner with clients around our common goal of creating a more inclusive world. We present on diversity issues to our clients, participate in their diversity initiatives, and offer diverse students an opportunity to split their summer associateship with our clients.

The Power of Inclusion

Our resource groups offer lawyers and staff the platform to exchange ideas, navigate work/life challenges, develop business competencies and build relationships to expand their careers and assume leadership roles. Our Diversity & Inclusion Allies group meets regularly to get practical tips on creating an inclusive workplace. Recognized for our unstinting promotion of women into leadership roles and lauded for LBGTQ equality, we sustain our lawyers for the long haul, and offer alternative arrangements that do not remove lawyers from consideration for partnership.

Diverse Student Success

Fearless trailblazers, we lead the way in supporting diverse student success. Our innovative podcasts combine with a strong history of related initiatives and programs to positively impact the legal profession and build a strong pipeline of future leaders. This commitment to success extends into associate training and professional development through the Work Allocation Monitoring System (WAMS). This system ensures that all associates have equitable access to career-enhancing assignments and mitigates any potential unconscious biases in assignment distribution.

Ensuring the Well-Being of Our Attorneys

As a signatory to the ABA’s Well-Being Pledge, we recognize the demands of those in the legal industry and are committed to providing full wellness support to our attorneys and staff. Learn more.

Mansfield Certification Plus 2021

Stinson has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status for 2021 after completing a 12-month certification program. This certification requires firms to have affirmatively considered at least 30% lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ lawyers for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions, ensuring a broad candidate pool and talent pipeline. “Plus” status indicates that, in addition to meeting or exceeding the pipeline consideration requirements for certification, Stinson successfully reached at least 30% diverse lawyer representation in a notable number of current leadership roles and committees. Learn more.

We Make A Powerful Difference

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Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

Ann Jenrette-Thomas


Ann guides the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives and institutes best practices and training for attorneys and staff. Ann works with firm leadership and the board of directors to grow a culture that values all backgrounds and perspectives and to incorporate successful diversity strategies in the firm's strategic planning. 

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