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 1L Minority Fellowship for students from underserved populations and 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.

Powerful Difference


Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

Pat Konopka

Pat Konopka
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

Shane Swanson

Shane Swanson
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

Ann Jenrette-Thomas

ANN JENRETTE-THOMAS
CHIEF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER

Ann guides the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives and institutes best practices and training for attorneys and staff. Ann works with firm leadership, the board of directors and the diversity committee 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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