Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.
Raising the bar – one law firm at a time.
The 2022 Bloomberg Law DEI Framework
From clients to talent – the key to tomorrow’s success is inclusion today.
It’s never been more critical for law firms to demonstrate their commitment to DEI. The biggest companies and the most promising attorneys are all looking for firms that promote equity, and rejecting those that don’t.
If you want to recruit or retain the brightest legal minds to choose or remain at your firm, DEI is essential.
It’s not lip service: the large corporate clients you want to work for are demanding firmwide diversity, equity, and inclusion as a prerequisite.
The world is watching to see which organizations are elevating equity as a priority and judging those that aren’t—harshly.
What is the Bloomberg Law DEI Framework?
The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Framework is a listing of law firms that meet or exceed a rising standard for diversity, equity, and inclusion in their firm.
Standardized disclosure of diversity-related data allows firms to attract and retain talent, and also allows companies looking to procure legal services to easily compare law firms from a supplier diversity standpoint through the following benchmarks:
- Leadership & Talent Pipelines
- Recruitment & Retention
- Business Innovation & Strategy
- Bias & Harassment Training
- Diverse Brand
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Report and list of firms are published
Bloomberg Law Diversity Equity and Inclusion Framework FAQs
What are the eligibility criteria for inclusion in the Listing?
At this time, only U.S. based law firms are eligible for Listing inclusion and participation in the Framework.
Are law firms ranked?
No. The Listing is a catalog of all law firms that meet or exceed an established threshold of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
What is Bloomberg Law’s policy for data collected as part of the Framework?
A full description of the DEI data policy can be found at: https://www.bloombergindustry.com/privacy-policy/.
Is there any cost associated with submitting data or inclusion in the Listing?
No. Submitting data and inclusion in the Listing is free to all U.S. law firms.
Will my firm’s data be available online?
No, any individual firm responses submitted will not be identified, included, or published on our website or in the Listing itself. However, the firms included in the Listing will be publicly available on our website. Aggregate high-level findings—including overall reported industry demographics and percentage of firms with various policies—will also be available on this website once all data is analyzed in Q3 2022. Firms who make the Listing may also have an identifier attached to their firm profile within the Bloomberg Law platform and on the Bloomberg Terminal.
What if I submit data and don’t make the Listing?
Names of firms that do not meet or exceed the established threshold of diversity, equity, and inclusion specified by the Framework will not be disclosed. Scoring breakdowns and a summary report will be available to all firms who submit their data.
For details on the data collection process, data privacy and security, and the framework listing, download the full FAQ document.
You can also download the full questionnaire for the 2022 DEI Framework now.
A successful first year, and many more to come
Businesses of every size, across nearly every sector are acknowledging the reality that promotion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is not merely a moral imperative but rather an essential element to remaining competitive in a complicated and fast-changing world.
The market for legal services is no exception to this trend. As the drive to advance DEI takes root in corporations, general counsel increasingly seek to engage law firms that reflect their values. The desire to incorporate DEI into the selection process for outside legal services presents a new challenge: How does one measure and benchmark a law firm’s commitment to DEI?
At Bloomberg Law, we have endeavored to bring our industry expertise and strength in data analytics to bear on this problem. The result is the Bloomberg Law DEI Framework, a comprehensive survey and scoring methodology developed in collaboration between Bloomberg Law and Bloomberg L.P., with input from many respected DEI leaders at firms and companies across the country.
We are pleased to announce the results of that survey. Our ambition is to continue to expand the reach of this program in the years to come, with a goal of celebrating those law firms who distinguish themselves in this space. We are off to a solid start.
In closing, we would like to acknowledge the dozens of firms who participated in the program in this inaugural year. Your commitment to moving the needle in DEI has made the success of the program possible.
Joseph P. Breda
President, Bloomberg Law
2021 Member Firms
- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
- Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
- Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP
- CDF Labor Law LLP
- Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, PC
- Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
- Covington & Burling LLP
- Crowell & Moring LLP
- Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Epstein Becker Green
- Fish & Richardson P.C.
- Fox Rothschild LLP
- Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
- Frost Brown Todd LLC
- Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
- Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Kutak Rock LLP
- Lane Powell PC
- Lowenstein Sandler LLP
- McCarter & English, LLP
- McDermott Will & Emery LLP
- Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
- Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC
- Potomac Law Group, PLLC
- Reed Smith LLP
- Thompson Coburn LLP
- Vinson & Elkins LLP
Findings from the 2021 DEI Framework Data
Why Bloomberg Law?
As part of the Bloomberg organization, we believe that by bringing together professionals from all walks of life, we ensure that unique, diverse perspectives inform our work and enable us to provide unique, diverse solutions to our customers.
Being a neutral third party that provides essential legal intelligence to both in-house counsel and law firms, we have the understanding necessary to know what works best for all legal professionals.
Our history as a trusted source for the news and analysis untangling complex and opaque issues impacting our customers means that we’re well suited to compile, analyze, and distribute DEI data and expertise.