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We are not interested in the mere optics of diversity. Our desire to make the legal profession more representative and equitable as a whole, while also increasing diversity and inclusion among our own ranks, is reinforced by our real, tangible actions.

Our firm is currently headed by a female managing partner, our C-Suite is 50% women and nearly 30% LGBTQ+, 50% of our Section Leaders are women, and our leadership committees are more than 50% diverse. More than 60% of our entire attorney population are from backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession. As an all-California firm, it is important that we reflect the great state in which we live and work.

Our real action approach also shows itself in our approach to recruiting, retention, and connection with the legal community. We look for talent at all schools local to our offices, as well as HBCUs, specifically in an effort to target more diverse student populations. We sponsor and participate in career fairs hosted by organizations that share the common goal of increasing diversity of all kinds in the legal profession. We encourage our attorneys to get involved in bar associations that do the same, and we pay their membership fees and offer billable credit for serving in leadership positions. We are proud to play a leading role in the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), and many other organizations. We have received recognition from for our continued commitment to diversity in the legal profession from these organizations and numerous others. And we have obtained Mansfield Plus Certification every year since 2021.

Internally, we take real action to address inclusion and equity, including requiring unconscious bias training for all members of attorney evaluation committees, providing billable credit for DEI and other community work, conducting “stay” interviews, and implementing policies such as an expanded reduced time program, one of the most generous parental leave policies among the AmLaw 200, and a one-of-its kind sabbatical program for attorneys.

While we are proud of these efforts and believe we are a thought leader on these issues, DEI work is a journey and we believe there is still more work to be done, both internally and in the communities we serve. We meet the challenge head on as we integrate our DEI goals at every step.

 

Professional Recognition

We do more. It is an essential value of our firm to not just say the right things, but to take real action to move the needle forward on diversity and inclusion. We continue our daily effort to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive, and we are proud to be recognized for the work accomplished and appreciate these awards as a measure of our commitment and continuing progress.

  • DEI: Outstanding Firm (shortlist), Chambers USA, 2024
  • Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Award, The Recorder, 2023
  • Best Law Firms for Women, Seramount, 2010–2024
    • Hall of Fame List - ranked for 10+ years, 2019–2024
  • Silver DEI Leadership Seal, State Bar of California, 2023
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion - Jennifer Martinez, Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence and Power in Law awards, 2023
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility Visionaries - Jennifer Martinez and Raffi Zerounian, Los Angeles Times, 2023
  • Community Impact Award of the Year - Raffi Zerounian / Hanson Bridgett, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2023
  • Beacon of Justice Award, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, 2022-2024
  • Mansfield Certification Plus, 2020-2023
  • UPS Legal Diversity Award, 2023
  • Diversity Scorecard, The American Lawyer
    • #7 in 2023
    • #6 in 2022
    • #37 in 2021
    • #24 in 2019
    • #28 in 2018
  • Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys, Law360
    • #5 in 2023
    • #9 in 2022
    • #9 in 2019
    • #10 in 2018
  • Best Law Firms for Minority Equity Partners, Law360
    • #9 in 2023
    • #10 in 2022
    • #7 in 2019
    • #3 in 2018–2017
  • Best Law Firms for Female Partners, Law360 
    • #6 in 2023
    • #5 in 2022
    • #4 in 2020
    • #3 in 2019
    • #2 in 2018
    • #2 in 2017
    • #25 in 2016
    • #13 in 2015
  • Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys, Law360
    • #15 in 2023
    • #14 in 2022
    • #4 in 2020
    • #2 in 2019
    • #4 in 2018
    • #4 in 2017
    • #24 in 2016
    • #4 in 2015
  • Social Impact Leaders, Law360
    • #2 101-250 attorneys, 2022-2023
    • #11 overall, 2023
    • #10 overall, 2022
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    • Top Performer, 2014, 2016–2021, 2023
    • Compass Award, 2019–2020, 2022-2023
    • Rick Palmore Fellows Alumni Award – John Cu, 2017
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association Diversity Award
    • Platinum, 2019–2021, 2023
    • Gold, 2018
  • NLJ 500: LGBTQ Scorecard, National Law Journal, 2022
  • NLJ 500: Women's Scorecard, National Law Journal
    • #7 in 2022
    • #9 in 2019
  • Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times
    • Laura Long, 2022
    • Jennifer Martinez, 2021
    • Kristina Lawson, 2019-2020
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
    • Corporate Recognition Award, 2022
    • Corporate Recognition Award, 2008
  • California Minority Counsel Program
    • Drucilla Stender Ramey Majority Law Firm Diversity Award, 2003, 2022
    • Diversity Leader Hall of Fame Inductee – Garner Weng, 2016
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
    • George B. Vashon Award, 2021
    • Thomas L. Sager Award, 2004
  • #2 on The American Lawyer’s A-List: Female Equity Partner Scoreboard, 2020
  • ELEVATE Awards, The Registry
    • Break the Ceiling: Corporate Leadership Award, 2016, 2021
    • Inspirator Award Nominee Kristina Lawson, 2020
    • Elevation Award Nominees Andrew Giacomini and André Campbell, 2020
  • Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award – Nancy Newman, 2018
  • Diversity Law Institute Award, 2017
  • The California Diversity Council’s Multicultural Leadership Award – André Campbell, 2016
  • Worklife Employer of the Year, The ARC San Francisco, 2016
  • 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, Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2011–2012
  • Bar Association of San Francisco 
    • Barrister's Diversity Award, 2010, 2015
    • 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

For More Information

Jennifer Martinez
Jennifer Martinez
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Partner
Walnut Creek, CA
Briana Jeffery
Briana Jeffery
DEI and Social Impact Manager
San Francisco, CA