Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion By the Numbers

WilmerHale Women

WilmerHale’s women lawyers deliver exceptional results as trusted advisors to our clients while providing leadership within the firm and the profession at large.

WilmerHale Women: Trial Lawyers

More than 100 of the firm’s women lawyers have trial experience. We present to you women partners who have led high-stakes trials and offer you the chance to learn about some of the victories in which their focus, dedication and years of practice have made the difference.

WilmerHale Stands for Equal Justice

Since its earliest days, WilmerHale has been guided by an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of equal justice.

For Prospective New Associates

We are committed to attracting an exceptional and diverse group of lawyers and law students. This progress is reflected in the composition of our partner, counsel and associate ranks, but begins with our summer associate program.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Contacts

Recognition

  • Award Text

    Corporate Equality Index 100% Rating

    Human Rights Campaign Foundation

    2009–2021

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    Mansfield Plus Certified

    Diversity Lab

    2018–2021

  • Award Text

    Best Law Firm for Women

    Seramount/Working Mother

    2007–2021

  • For the fourth consecutive year, WilmerHale achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status in 2021
  • WilmerHale again earned a top-ten spot on The American Lawyer’s A-List in 2021, which marks 18th year that WilmerHale has been listed and the firm’s sixth consecutive year in the top ten. This prestigious list highlights the top 20 law firms in the nation that excel in diversity, associate   satisfaction, finances and pro bono.
  • In Law360’s 2021 Diversity Snapshot, WilmerHale placed fifth out of 65 peer firms for its high representation of minorities in the equity partnership and 8th for its portion of minority equity partners, nonequity partners and associates. In Law360’s 2021 Glass Ceiling Report, WilmerHale placed fourth out of 66 US law firms with the greatest overall representation of women.
  • WilmerHale’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department was named a recipient of the third annual Diversity Team Award in a 2021 quarterly edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal
  • Seramount/Working Mother named WilmerHale a 2021 Best Law Firm for Women. WilmerHale is one of only two law firms recognized for being on the list since its inception in 2007.
  • The firm was named among the Top Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness by Yale Law Women, an organization which seeks to advance the status of women and traditionally underrepresented gender identities at Yale Law School and in the legal profession at large. WilmerHale has regularly been recognized on Yale Law Women’s top firms for women and family lists since 2006.  
  • The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) recognized WilmerHale with its 2021 Law Firm/Legal Department [email protected] Award. CLI gives the award to one firm or department each year in honor of its efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusivity in its workplaces and community.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, in 2020 WilmerHale was again named a Top Women-Led Business in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe and The Commonwealth Institute.
  • WilmerHale earned a 100 percent rating in the Corporate Equality Index for the 13th consecutive year in 2021, based on the annual Human Rights Campaign Foundation survey to identify the best places to work for LGBTQ equality.
  • The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance recognized WilmerHale as “Tipping the Scales” for having 50% or more women in its 2020 US-based new partner class.
  • PracticePro recognized WilmerHale with its 2020 Diversity Leadership Award, which highlights law firms that are actively working toward a more inclusive and diverse legal profession.
  • WilmerHale was named a Top-Scoring Firm in the 2019 Inclusion Blueprint survey, a collaboration between Diversity Lab and ChIPs that measures law firm inclusion and diversity at the leadership and practice group levels.
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum awarded WilmerHale the Gold Standard Certification Award for the sixth time in 2019 for dedication to women in leadership roles and commitment to equal compensation.
  • Wilmerhale was recognized by Get Konnected! as a Diversity & Inclusion champion for leading the way in promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal community.
  • The firm placed first in The Washington Post’s 2019 Top Workplace ranking of large companies in the national capital region, and Catherine Carroll, partner-in-charge of the Washington DC office, was quoted extensively in an accompanying feature article on the  successes and challenges in promoting workplace diversity.
  • Law360 listed WilmerHale as a “Best Firm for Women and Minority Attorneys” for the second year in a row in 2018 and ranked the firm of only two large firms to have above average representation at all levels in terms of both race/ethnicity and gender on its Glass Ceiling Report and Diversity Snapshot. Law360 also listed the firm as a “ceiling smasher” for the second year in a row based on the percent of women equity partners.
  • Dell awarded WilmerHale its Legal Diversity Award in 2017, given annually to one of Dell’s partner law firms that excels at embracing and promoting workplace diversity. Selection was based on the overall diversity and inclusion strategy, the critical role of diversity programs and the Women's Leadership Initiative, and key metrics related to recruiting, advancement, and leadership.
  • TIAA selected WilmerHale as a recipient of its Diversity & Inclusion Award in 2017 for the firm’s efforts to recruit, develop and promote diverse lawyers.
  • WilmerHale received the inaugural Honor Roll Award given by ChIPs at its 2017 Women in Tech, Law, and Policy Global Summit for making a deliberate effort to increase diversity and inclusion and demonstrated success giving women true leadership positions and visibility.
  • The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association awarded WilmerHale its Law Firm Diversity Award in 2017, which recognizes firms that actively, affirmatively, and consistently recruit,  retain, and promote Asian Pacific American lawyers to equity partnership and firm leadership.