Diversity and inclusion US


The Legal 500 is launching a major new diversity and inclusion initiative in the United States. Much is written and talked about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. It is a complicated issue with no immediate answers or solutions, but we want to recognise the work that is being done, and to encourage more open and honest debate about some of the pathways to better diversity and inclusion in the law. From this homepage, you will be able to read articles and opinions from a variety of commentators. You will also be able to view some of the initiatives that law firms have in place, and also view firms that have been transparent by giving you direct access to their diversity and inclusion statistics.

Diversity commitment: the law firm view

Jacqueline Marcus, Business Finance & Restructuring Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Business Finance & Restructuring Partner Jacqueline Marcus discusses her role as diversity committee co-chair, tower co-chair, and one of the firm’s first flex-time partners.

Zarrar Sehgal, Diversity Committee Leader, Clifford Chance

Zarrar Sehgal, partner of Clifford Chance, leads the firm’s Diversity Committee in the US. He also heads up Clifford Chance’s Americas Banking & Finance practice and global Transport and Logistics sector.

Rajeev Gupta, Partner, Finnegan

Rajeev Gupta, Partner of Finnegan, discusses his role as leader of Finnegan’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Leslie Minier, Chief Diversity Partner, Katten

Leslie Minier is Chief Diversity Partner and founder and co-chair of the Diversity Committee at Katten, discusses her firm’s approach to diversity.

Larren Nashelsky, Chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP

Larren Nashelsky, Chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP, discusses the firm’s commitment to diversity.

Madeline McDonough, Chair, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Madeleine McDonough, Chair at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, discusses the firm’s approach to diversity.

Diversity profiles

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