Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Ogletree Deakins believes that because of its philosophy and practice of inclusion - soliciting, valuing, and incorporating the myriad viewpoints of its lawyers - the firm is more creative, stronger, and better able to address the evolving issues in the workplace.  

Ogletree Deakins encourages and supports membership and participation in local, state, and national professional associations.  Our lawyers are active in organizations such as the National Bar Association, National Asian-Pacific Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, Lambda Legal, and the Cuban American Bar Association

Additionally, the past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the National Bar Association and an Officer and Board member of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California are members of the firm.  Firm members regularly participate in programs sponsored by the National Employment Law Council, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and Corporate Counsel for Women of Color.

Ogletree Deakins is proud of the unique combination of individuals with different backgrounds and life experiences who make up our firm. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has been recognized nationally. Our 2012 MultiCultural Law Magazine rankings are:

  • #2 in the Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans
  • #4 in the Top 100 Law Firms for Women
  • #39 in the Top 50 Law Firms for Partners
  • #53 in the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity and Inclusion

We believe in the importance of recognizing individual worth and individual differences within the legal community as well as all work environments.  Throughout the firm, lawyers of diverse backgrounds have positions of responsibility, including women, LGBT, and racially diverse lawyers who hold positions as Managing Shareholders in our local offices. All of the committees in the firm benefit from the diverse viewpoints of their members and Chairs, including the Compensation Committee which is 25% diverse.

Because the firm has a long tradition of diversity among its lawyers and staff, we are uniquely situated to assist our clients with creative and effective solutions in the increasingly diverse global economy.  To maintain this competitive edge, the firm is proactive in recruiting, hiring, promoting, mentoring, and retaining its diverse talent pool including individuals of different races, genders, religions, sexual orientation, disabilities, ethnicities, and national origin.  

Ogletree Deakins’ Director of Professional Development and Inclusion, along with other firm leaders, attend and participate in diversity organizations such as The Leadership Council for Legal Diversity , the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business,  and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals.  The events sponsored by these organizations allow members of the firm the opportunity to exchange ideas on best diversity and inclusion practices and assist the firm in retaining an innovative edge.

Ogletree Deakins advises and encourages its clients to address and be sensitive to diversity issues and to recognize and understand that the diversity of its workforce is a source of innovative ideas and competitive advantage.  We work with our clients to manage and benefit from their workplace diversity through counseling, development of diversity initiatives, and on-site training.