About Hanson Bridgett


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At Hanson Bridgett we value diversity. We feel that a workforce that reflects the needs and interests of our clients and a workplace that provides an array of opportunities and an inclusive environment for people with varied backgrounds is essential. Hanson Bridgett’s commitment to diversity and inclusion begins with the law schools where we seek to recruit diverse classes of summer associates and support the needs of underrepresented students through the Gerald Marcus Fellowship, which was established in 2002. We also help students from diverse backgrounds prepare for professional careers through the firm’s annual 1L Interview Workshop, now in its fourteenth year. Within our firm’s daily activities, we have joined the effort to provide greater opportunities reflected in the BASF’s Goals and Timetables, Mansfield Certification, and the No Glass Ceiling Initiative, and undertake pro bono activities that protect the rights of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

Within our industry, we play a leading role in organizations committed to increasing diversity in the profession such as the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) and seek to provide meaningful support to bar and community organizations that assist underrepresented communities. Creating and sustaining diversity is a continuing, worthwhile challenge and we have chosen not to be indifferent.

Diversity Recognition

While we firmly believe there is much more work to be done to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive, our firm is proud to be recognized for the work that we have done in support of the promotion of diversity in the legal field. It is an essential value of our firm to not just say the right things, but to actually take real action that moves the needle forward on diversity and inclusion. We are appreciative of these awards as a measure of that progress.

  • Beacon of Justice Award, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, 2022
  • NLJ 500: LGBTQ Scorecard, National Law Journal, 2022
  • NLJ 500: Women's Scorecard, National Law Journal
    • #7 in 2022
    • #9 in 2019
  • Diversity Scorecard, The American Lawyer
    • #6 in 2022
    • #37 in 2021
    • #24 in 2019
    • #28 in 2018
  • Best Law Firms for WomenSeramount, (formerly Working Mother Media), 2010–2022
    • Hall of Fame List, reserved for those who have been ranked on the list for 10+ years, 2019–2022
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
    • George B. Vashon Award, 2021
    • Thomas L. Sager Award, 2004
  • Mansfield 4.0 Certification Plus, 2021
  • ELEVATE Break the Ceiling: Corporate Leadership Award, The Registry, 2016, 2021
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association Diversity Award
    • Platinum, 2019–2021
    • Gold, 2018
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    • Top Performer, 2014, 2016–2021
    • Compass Award, 2019–2020
    • Rick Palmore Fellows Alumni Award – John Cu, 2017
  • #2 on The American Lawyer’s A-List: Female Equity Partner Scoreboard, 2020
  • Inspirator Award at ELEVATE: An Event Honoring Diversity & Women’s Leadership in Commercial Real Estate, The Registry, Nominee Managing Partner–Elect Kristina Lawson, 2020
  • Elevation Award at ELEVATE: An Event Honoring Diversity & Women’s Leadership in Commercial Real Estate, The Registry, Nominees Managing Partner Andrew Giacomini and DIN Chair André Campbell, 2020
  • Best Law Firms for Female Partners, Law360
    • Ceiling Smasher (Most Women in Equity Partnerships), 2015–2018, 2020
    • #3 in 2019
    • #2 in 2018
    • #4 in 2015
    • #3 in 2009
  • #2 of Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys, Law360, 2019
  • Best Law Firms for Minority Equity Partners, Law360
    • #7 in 2019
    • #3 in 2018–2017
  • Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys, Law360
    • #9 in 2019
    • #10 in 2018
  • Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award – Nancy Newman, 2018
  • Diversity Law Institute Award, 2017
  • California Minority Counsel Program
    • Diversity Leader Hall of Fame Inductee, Garner Weng, 2016
    • Drucilla Stender Ramey Majority Law Firm Diversity Award, 2003
  • The California Diversity Council’s Multicultural Leadership Award – André Campbell, 2016
  • Worklife Employer of the Year, The ARC San Francisco, 2016
  • BASF Barrister’s Diversity Award for contributions to diversity programs, 2010, 2015
  • Beacon Award for Diversity Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, 2013
  • Law Firm of the Year Award Aids Legal Referral Panel, 2013
  • Gold Standard Certification Award from Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), 2011–2012
  • BASF Unity Award, 2012
  • State Bar of California Diversity Award, 2011
  • Fourth Highest Percentage of Women Partners in the 50 Biggest Law Firms in California, California Lawyer, 2009
  • Commitment to Diversity Award Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, 2006
  • Law Students of African Descent at Boalt Hall Award of Distinction, 2004

Our Commitment

We are dedicated to establishing a workforce that reflects the needs and interests of our clients and a work environment that provides opportunities for people with varied backgrounds. Our commitment begins with the law schools where we seek to recruit diverse candidates and support the needs of minority students.

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Jennifer Martinez
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105