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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a significant priority at Jackson Lewis, and it remains a core value as we expand.

Diversity & Inclusion

Overview

“Diversity and inclusion is a never-ending journey and an area where our practices will continue to grow and evolve without ever reaching a resting place. To ensure progress, we challenge every person at Jackson Lewis to be intentional about D&I. When everyone is engaged in moving the needle forward, we are succeeding.”

Kevin G. Lauri - Firm Co-Chair

Kevin G. Lauri
Firm Co-Chair

William J. Anthony - Firm Co-Chair

William J. Anthony
Firm Co-Chair

At Jackson Lewis, we believe an inclusive culture makes us a stronger, better firm. We share our clients' goals to emphasize diversity, inclusion, integrity and respect for the contribution of every employee. We understand the importance of having a workforce that reflects the various communities in which we work. We strive to create an environment where diverse attorneys want to work and can flourish.

Our Guiding Principles

The firm’s senior leadership recognizes that diversity strengthens the fabric of our firm, and understands that when our people are thriving, the firm is thriving. We strive to adhere to the following guiding principles:

  • Encourage a better understanding of how diverse individual experiences and backgrounds can strengthen the firm and its service to clients through a continuing firm-wide communication and educational process
  • Inspire every employee to realize their professional potential within the firm
  • Treat every person with dignity and respect
  • Promote understanding and acceptance of individual differences
  • Respect our employees’ needs to have work/life flexibility

Our Advancements

Our guiding principles are further supported by Jackson Lewis’ focus on intentionality: we are deliberate in our goals, programs and initiatives in order to best support our people. No matter the differences a member of the Jackson Lewis community brings to work, we are purposeful in creating an environment that motivates and encourages our attorneys to reach their full potential. Highlights include:

  • We have developed a formalized election process to the Board to ensure we have the broadest diversity, including gender, race and ethnicity and generational, in senior leadership positions.
  • We spearhead the Vincent A. Cino Scholarship program, which currently provides more than $150,000 in scholarships annually to students across the country who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession and wish to pursue a career in workplace law.
  • In 2018, Jackson Lewis committed to training all attorneys on unconscious bias and strategies to interrupt these biases.
  • We established Practicing and Parenting, an internal resource group for parents and allies at Jackson Lewis. Currently a pilot program out of our Orange County, California office, the Group meets quarterly to discuss issues such as time management, work-life balance, and tips for career advancement during the early stage of parenthood.
  • We created a firm Ombuds team to further support a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for our workforce.
  • We hired our first-ever Director of Diversity & Inclusion, who reports directly to the Firm Co-Chairs and works closely with the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Jackson Lewis’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee is chaired by Principal Weldon H. Latham, a nationally recognized attorney with over 20 years of experience advising clients in diversity representation, corporate diversity compliance reviews and diversity enhancement action plans.

Our Diversity

“The next generation of lawyers is more diverse, our clients are more diverse, and we have an opportunity to incorporate all this diversity — whether it’s race, gender, sexuality, educational background, and professional background — into everything we do. Our commitment to excellence is strengthened because of our various races, genders, sexual orientations, and backgrounds, and we can only get better from here.” - William J. Anthony and Kevin G. Lauri, Firm Co-Chairs

*The Firm has recently initiated a process for voluntary self-identification of LGBT status.

Our Commitment

Our Awards and Recognitions

Jackson Lewis has received national awards and honors recognizing our diversity and inclusion efforts, including:

  • Jackson Lewis received a score of 95 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
  • Jackson Lewis was recognized for “Tipping the Scales” as part of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2019 New Partner Report for having 50% or more women in its 2019 partner class.
  • For the eighth year in a row, Jackson Lewis has been recognized as a “Gold Standard Firm” by the Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). This designation is reserved for large firms that have successfully integrated female attorneys into their top leadership positions. To meet WILEF’s requirements for Gold Standard designation, Jackson Lewis successfully demonstrated that female attorneys are well represented among its equity principals and hold key leadership positions, including on governance and compensation committees, and that the firm recognizes the contributions of women through compensation.
  • Jackson Lewis was named a Ceiling Smasher by Law360 in its 2019 Glass Ceiling Report and is ranked #2 in their Best Law Firms for Women list, based on our representation of women lawyers.
  • Jackson Lewis was named a D&I Leader by Lawyers of Color. This designation is presented to law firms based on data collected in the Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools & Firms.
  • Jackson Lewis ranked in Working Mother's 2019 “Best Law Firms for Women,” a report distinguishing the U.S. law firms who are utilizing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.
  • Jackson Lewis was listed in Law360’s Best Law Firms for Women and Minority Attorneys” and was highlighted as one of four firms of its size that has above-average representation of both women and minorities at every level.
  • Jackson Lewis ranked #75 in The American Lawyer's "2019 Diversity Scorecard.”
  • In 2019, Jackson Lewis was listed in Law360’sBest Law Firms for Minority Attorneys."

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Jackson Lewis’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee supports firm wide D&I strategy and includes our five Attorney Resource Groups (ARGs). The D&I Committee is chaired by Board Member Weldon H. Latham. The ARGs share the following mission:

  • Support firm D&I strategy across all resource groups.
  • Serve as a resource for our diverse workforce and allies to feel connected and empowered across all JL offices.
  • Serve as a firm wide resource to improve retention and attract lateral and new hire candidates.
  • Enhance relationships with national minority-based organizations and associations.

 

Our Leadership

Weldon H. Latham

Weldon H. Latham

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Jana  Simon

Jana Simon

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Maurice G. Jenkins

Maurice G. Jenkins

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David R. Jimenez

David R. Jimenez

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Michelle E. Phillips

Michelle E. Phillips

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Michael R. Hatcher

Michael R. Hatcher

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Gretchen  Reising

Gretchen Reising

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African American Attorney Resource Group

Marlo Johnson Roebuck

Marlo Johnson Roebuck

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Otieno B. Ombok

Otieno B. Ombok

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Asian American Attorney Resource Group

Monica H. Khetarpal

Monica H. Khetarpal

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Gillian P. Yee

Gillian P. Yee

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Hispanic Attorney Resource Group

Jason C. Gavejian

Jason C. Gavejian

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Angela Quiles Nevarez

Angela Quiles Nevarez

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Out Professionals and Allies in Law (OPAL)

Michelle E. Phillips

Michelle E. Phillips

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Wayne S. Yoshigai

Wayne S. Yoshigai

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Women’s Interest Network

Adriana R. Midence

Adriana R. Midence

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Marla N. Presley

Marla N. Presley

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Sarah J. Ryan

Sarah J. Ryan

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Our Recruiting

We continue to enlist the services of Diverse Attorney Recruiter, Ron Jordan, of Carter-White & Shaw LLC. Mr. Jordan, the founding Principal of Carter-White & Shaw, has over 20 years of experience in attorney placement with his company, whose mission is to be the leader in discovery and promotion of diverse legal talent. He devotes his efforts to seeking diverse Principals, Of Counsel and Associates for all of Jackson Lewis’ locations throughout the nation, and regularly liaises with the Co-Chairs of the firm, representatives of the firm’s Board of Directors, and the firm’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion.