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Our Commitment to Diversity

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a core value that motivates and inspires our team. 

As a global law firm with more than 45 offices on five continents, we have built a workplace that is intrinsically diverse in experiences, perspectives, and ideas. We believe we build better teams, forge better client relationships, and provide better service because of our diverse, collaborative team of professionals. We seek and welcome the talents of those from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds. These are the threads that make up the fabric of our firm.

We pledge to listen, be educated, take action, and work together to help in the fight to end inequality and foster a more inclusive society.

Leading By Example

A firm’s culture is directly influenced by its leadership. Our leadership actively promotes global diversity and inclusion as a top priority, as demonstrated by:

Our lawyers and allied professionals around the world contribute to the important work we are doing to advance diversity and inclusion. We recognize that much work remains to be done and much more progress is required on many fronts. For this reason, we encourage everyone to get involved in any way that inspires them, whether by continuing to educate yourself, engage in challenging conversations, or work alongside clients and one another in the community. We take these steps as a firm to better understand our shared history and to meaningfully improve the outlook for our shared future. 

Mansfield Rule

We are among the leading law firms to have achieved Mansfield Rule certification in Diversity Lab’s latest round of its program. The certification recognizes firms that “have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and are making meaningful progress on diversifying law firm leadership.”

The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers, including women, racial and ethnic minority, LGBTQ+, and disabled lawyers in law firm leadership, promotion, and senior lateral positions by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities.

Educating Ourselves

We developed a robust educational toolkit containing a curated collection of resources such as articles, books, podcasts, and films to help individuals learn more about the compound subject of racism.  

Listening to Authoritative Voices

Launched in 2020, our firmwide speaker series, Conversations About Race and Diversity, focuses on the lingering effects of inequality and systemic racism in our society, and the importance of diversity and inclusion. Thousands of stakeholders at the firm have listened and learned from our guest speakers, making this series the most well-attended web event this firm has ever held. 

Past notable speakers include:

  • Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • Honorable Tony Coelho, Former House Majority whip and primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Honorable Bernice B. Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, author, historian, biographer, and journalist
  • Kevin Jennings, CEO of Lambda Legal
  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP
  • Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies of the UC David School of Law
  • Reverend James M. Lawson, Civil Rights Movement activist, professor and minister
  • Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Justice Mary I. Yu, Washington State Supreme Court Justice

Similarly, the firm hosts ongoing conversations with subject matter experts and prominent clients on gender equality in the legal industry. 

Implementing Bias Training

The Diversity and Inclusion team actively seeks feedback on areas of interest and areas of improvement in minimizing the impact of bias in the workplace from our lawyers and allied professionals. Currently, the firm offers the following trainings: 

  • Unconscious Bias
  • Creating an Inclusive Culture, the next iteration to unconscious bias training
  • Interviewer Bias
Global Diversity and Inclusion Hours Policy

The firm offers non-billable, credited hours to all lawyers for their time spent towards diversity and inclusion. The policy encourages our lawyers to have meaningful participation in diversity and inclusion efforts both within and outside the firm for the benefit of the firm and our clients. 

Associate Engagement

We conduct a program of “stay interviews” with associates. These interviews focus on learning what the firm can do to keep associates engaged and integrated with the firm, and to identify any potential issues that might affect their decision to stay a part of our team. We believe candid input from associates is critical to determine where we should focus our efforts to ensure the most significant impact on our engagement and retention strategy.

Pathway to Success

Launched in 2020, we partner with Ms. JD to offer a 12-week business training and client-engagement program called Pathway to Success. The program focuses on high performing, experienced women associates and offers tailored market-facing training and exposure around business and market engagement for their advancement and career growth. 

Offering live modules from in-house counsel speakers, we recognize that providing access to the philosophies and views of a diverse group of in-house counsel regarding effective strategies and best practices for business development and client engagement is critical on the path to partnership. 

Ms. JD is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. It was founded at Stanford Law School in 2006 by a group of female law students from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Stanford, UCLA, UT Austin, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and Yale. Today, Ms. JD is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of law students and recent graduates and supported by a small group of independent contractors. 

Mentorship Programs 

We regularly partner with clients and external organizations to offer a wide variety of mentoring programs for our lawyers. We also offer our own formal and informal mentoring and coaching programs that are intently tailored to the various groups among our lawyers. These programs help lawyers advance into partnership and leadership roles at the firm.

Lawyer Retreats

The firmwide Diversity Committee sponsored the firm's first Diverse Lawyers' Retreat in 2022. US diverse lawyers, allies, and diversity and inclusion champions across our offices and practices were invited. The retreat offered in-person conversations about how our shared experiences can and should impact our client engagement and business development activities. The theme of the retreat was “Building Communities and Businesses Together,” and featured both external and internal market networking sessions, and both professional development- and client engagement-focused sessions.

Internal Communities

Across the global platform, our Women in the Profession Committee, Diversity Committee, LGBTQ+ Subcommittee, Disability Inclusion Taskforce, and Veterans Taskforce refine and create new programs and policies that reinforce our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our firmwide and local committees, subcommittee, and taskforces partner with offices across the firm to celebrate and honor the varied cultural backgrounds and heritages of our colleagues and friends each year.

Inclusive Support and Benefits

The firm has made impressionable efforts to be thoughtful of our people’s needs in and outside of the firm and to be a leader in our benefits. Our leadership regularly reviews and enhances our gender neutral Parental Leave Policy to aptly address the needs of our colleagues. In the United States, we offer up to 24 weeks of leave to our employed lawyers. Furthermore, we added a miscarriage provision to support our colleagues in the unfortunate event of a miscarriage at any time during the pregnancy.

We have expanded our benefits to offer an inclusive family formation and fertility health benefit for our personnel and their spouses and domestic partners, and we have enhanced our transgender health benefits in all of our firm medical plans. Our family formation and fertility health benefit offers our people access to exclusive resources to make fertility care more accessible and affordable for all. Participation in the firm’s medical plans and medical diagnosis are not required to receive this firm benefit.

How We Approach Recruitment

Our recruiting practices reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We maximize every opportunity to diversify our candidate pool and to ensure that every candidate we interview understands and honors our firm’s values. We maintain this high standard of inclusive recruitment through several approaches:

  • Participation in and certification of Mansfield Rule
  • Deliver interviewer bias training to all lawyers and senior management
  • Recruit at Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) law schools
  • Continue our commitment to key national and local recruiting events and programs 
  • Provide an inclusive and voluntary self-identification demographic and disclosure form that recognizes identities beyond the standard EEOC race, sexual orientation, and gender identity categories
1L Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Programs

We are devoted to creating and sustaining pipeline programs aimed at increasing the pool of talent. The firm regularly participates in a variety of programs and partnerships to attract and support top legal talent from wide-ranging backgrounds and is a sponsor of and/or participant in several inclusivity-related events and organizations.

We devote several programs such as fellowships and scholarships to first-year law students, or 1Ls each year. This includes fellowships for individuals who have shown a strong commitment to civil rights, diversity, and inclusion within their local community and more broadly. One of our notable 1L diversity and inclusion programs is the K&L Gates Power of Partnership program. The program offers first-year law school students a unique opportunity to experience legal work at both a law firm and an in-house setting. The program forges deeper bonds between our firm and client partners while providing meaningful learning opportunities for first-year law students, all with the end goal of promoting a more diverse and inclusive workforce. 

Please click here to learn more about our 1L Fellowship programs or contact Catherine Clement, Director of Legal Recruiting. 


Commission on Disability Rights

Awarded Top Score in the 2023-24 Corporate Equality Index

For the 13th consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign awarded our firm its top score of 100 in the organization’s Corporate Equality Index, naming it a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion.”

Recognized as a Top Performer

We have been recognized with both the 2023 Top Performer and Compass Award designations from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). These distinctions recognize organizations and law firms with the highest level of engagement with LCLD, signaling a commitment to building more diverse organizations and a more inclusive legal profession.

Awarded Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum

Our global law firm has been awarded a United States Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the eleventh time, recognizing the high levels of success by the firm’s women as partners and leaders.

Recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion”

Our global law firm has been named one of the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” in the 2023 Disability Equality Index (DEI) by Disability IN. We are one of only seven law firms to achieve this distinction.

Microsoft’s Law Firm Diversity Program

We were honored as a top achiever in advancing diversity within the legal profession by Microsoft’s Law Firm Diversity Program, tying for first place for our work in increasing diversity across three key areas: the firm’s overall partnership and leadership, among Microsoft’s relationship partners, and on Microsoft’s client matters.

Chevron’s Law Firm Diversity Awards Program

We were recognized by longtime client Chevron U.S.A. for our commitment to inclusion and diversity at Chevron’s annual law firm diversity awards program. The award recognized Chevron law firm partners that have distinguished themselves through their commitment to diversity in the legal industry and by fostering an inclusive work environment.

Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Diversity Awards Program

We were recognized by Lockheed Martin Corporation for our excellence in diversity and inclusion. The honor was based on the strength and diversity of the client’s outside legal teams, including the percentage of minority and female timekeepers working on the client’s matters. This was the first time an outside law firm had been recognized for excellence in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Conversations About Race
As a firm, we reject racism and social injustice.

As a firm, we reject racism and social injustice. We believe that education is key to activate change; therefore, we are actively hosting a speaker series titled, Conversations About Race to convene voices around diversity.

Watch these powerful discussions.


As part of our ongoing commitment to increasing diversity in our ranks, we have joined the 117 law firms that have pledged to adopt the Mansfield Rule 4.0. To achieve this certification by Diversity Lab, at least 30% of leadership candidates must be from historically underrepresented groups, including women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities.

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Our Management Committee is composed of 25% women lawyers, 25% lawyers of color, 6% LGBTQ+ lawyers and 6% veteran lawyers.

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