Professional Development, Diversity, and Inclusion

Ogletree Deakins is proud to have a tradition of professional development, diversity, and inclusion.

In more than 40 offices, lawyers of diverse gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, and physical abilities have significant positions of responsibility. These positions include a seat on the Compensation Committee and more than a dozen managing shareholders of our offices.

Why This Matters

We believe that professional development, diversity, and inclusion are integral to our outstanding performance and exceptional client service.

We are committed to having a highly talented, vibrant workforce that reflects the growing diversity of our communities and our clients.

We believe that such a workforce is able to contribute unique perspectives and creative approaches. This, in turn, generates the highest quality of legal service and serves the needs of our clients and the communities where we live and work.


“Our firm has its roots in a bold decision that the 16 original Ogletree Deakins' lawyers made 35 years ago … to leave a law firm dictatorship and establish a new model to service clients. The principles adopted in those early days of the firm remain core values of our firm today: premier client service; teamwork and collaboration; treating each other with respect; hard work; and open governance. These core values permeate the firm’s culture and are the bedrock upon which we build our diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Kim F. Ebert, Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins


Commitment to Professional Development, Diversity, and Inclusion

The firm’s commitment to professional development, diversity, and inclusion is demonstrated by the leadership of  Michelle Wimes, Esq., the firm’s full-time Director of Professional Development and Inclusion, and her team.


“I am proud to serve as the firm’s first Director of Professional Development and Inclusion. Diversity and inclusion are two cornerstones of the firm’s core values and underlie our ability to provide premier client service. As our firm continues to grow and prosper, so does our commitment to providing an environment where each attorney can bring his or her unique talents to the table and leverage those talents for the benefit of our clients.”

Michelle Wimes - Director of Professional Development and Inclusion