Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Raising the bar – one law firm at a time
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 with are demanding firmwide DEI as a prerequisite.
Now is the time for the legal industry to prioritize equity and lead the way for others.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Framework is a listing of law firms that meet or exceed a rising standard for diversity, equity, and inclusion in their firms.
Benchmarking diversity-related data provides proof of a law firm’s efforts to hire and retain talent and allows businesses to evaluate the firm’s commitment to DEI by established criteria, including:
- ︎Leadership and talent pipelines︎
- Recruitment and retention︎
- Business innovation and strategy
- ︎Bias and harassment training
- ︎Diverse brand
A note from the President
In 2021, we launched the inaugural edition of the Bloomberg Law DEI Framework, a groundbreaking program designed to recognize law firms’ commitment to DEI through a rigorous, quantitative methodology. We were so impressed with the response – from both participants and the legal industry – that our biggest concern was how to keep the momentum going.
I’m pleased to report that the number of participants in the DEI Framework again saw double-digit growth year-on-year. This is a clear signal that momentum for championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in law firms has continued to grow. The Bloomberg Law team finds it immensely rewarding to provide a framework against which firms can benchmark their efforts.
Our results indicate participants are not only talking about DEI but also putting plans into action. For example, the vast majority of firms that submitted data require diverse candidate pools for management and leadership positions. Many firms go further — the majority of recognized firms have also established diversity and inclusion goals for practice group leaders.
Congratulations to the 55 member firms most recently recognized, and thank you to all the firms that participated in the process.
Joseph P. Breda
President, Bloomberg Law
- ︎Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
- Barnes & Thornburg LLP
- ︎Beveridge & Diamond PC
- ︎Blank Rome LLP
- ︎Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
- ︎Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
- ︎Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
- ︎Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
- Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
- Crowell & Moring LLP
- ︎Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- ︎Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP
- ︎Dykema Gossett PLLC
- ︎Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum
- Epstein Becker & Green PC
- ︎Fish & Richardson PC
- Foley & Lardner LLP
- ︎Fox Rothschild LLP
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
- ︎Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP
- ︎Frost Brown Todd
- ︎Greenberg Traurig LLP
- ︎Haynes Boone LLP
- ︎Hodgson Russ LLP
- ︎Hogan Lovells
- ︎Holland & Knight LLP
- ︎Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
- ︎Husch Blackwell LLP
- ︎Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
- ︎Kutak Rock LLP
- ︎Lane Powell PC
- ︎McCarter & English LLP
- ︎McDermott Will & Emery
- Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
- ︎Nixon Peabody LLP
- ︎Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC
- ︎O’Melveny & Myers LLP︎
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
- Potomac Law Group PLLC
- ︎Proskauer Rose LLP
- ︎Reed Smith
- ︎Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
- ︎Robinson & Cole LLP
- ︎Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
- Sheppard Mullin
- ︎Steptoe & Johnson LLP
- ︎Thompson Coburn LLP
- ︎Thompson Hine LLP
- ︎Tucker Ellis LLP
- Vinson & Elkins LLP
- ︎Wiley Rein LLP
- Wong Fleming PC
About the DEI Framework and law firm eligibility
The Bloomberg Law Diversity Equity and Inclusion Framework (the “Framework”) is a listing of law firms that meet or exceed an established threshold of diversity measured across areas such as recruitment and retention, leadership and talent pipelines, and business strategy — as determined by a panel of experts from industry, academia, and the legal industry. There are numerous studies that demonstrate the positive impact of diversity on business outcomes, and many corporations are now requiring outside counsel to demonstrate their commitment to diversity before winning business. Bloomberg Law’s DEI Framework provides a platform for standardizing law firm diversity metrics, allowing firms to provide their data in one comprehensive Data Collection Instrument (the “Collection Instrument”) and corporations to quickly access a DEI Framework Listing (the “Listing”) of firms that meet or exceed an established threshold of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Bloomberg Law team worked closely with our partners from Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index team, as well as diversity leads at major law firms to design a comprehensive data collection instrument. Going forward, the Collection Instrument will be reviewed and updated annually to ensure alignment with global trends, methodologies, and best practices.
DEI Framework listing inclusion
At this time, only U.S.-based law firms are eligible for listing inclusion and participation in the Framework.
Not yet. However, this is an important and evolving area, so we may expand the DEI Framework to include in-house legal department at some point.
No. The Listing is a catalog of all law firms that meet or exceed an established threshold of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Yes. Once you receive your personal invitation (see “Submitting Your Data” section below for more details), the first page of the data upload site will provide a link to download a PDF of all questions, or request a copy by emailing us at DEI_Framework@bloombergindustry.com
We encourage you to answer and provide data for as many questions as possible to give the fullest picture of the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at your firm. However, each firm has the discretion to decide the number of questions within the Collection Instrument it chooses to answer and data it chooses to disclose.
Once data is submitted, a Bloomberg Law data analyst will review your submission to validate and confirm the submission, including reviewing any links provided. If we have any clarifying questions for you, we will reach out to you with notes on your submission to review. Final data will be scored for Listing inclusion and you will also receive a summary report of your score for internal benchmarking purposes. You may download a PDF of your full submission once you have finished entering your data. You can also request that we send this to you. Email your request to DEI_Framework@bloombergindustry.com
We use a proprietary scoring model to determine each firm’s Framework score, and those firms with a score at or above an established threshold will be included in the Listing. The scoring model is developed and validated by a panel of experts from industry, academia, and the legal industry. Detailed scoring methodology from 2023 can be viewed here. The 2023 scoring will be largely the same.
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 pro.bloomberglaw.com/DEI. Aggregate high-level findings—including overall reported industry demographics and percentage of firms with various policies—will also be available on this website once data is analyzed in Q3 2024. 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.
No. There is no appeals process; however, if you believe there is an element of diversity, equity, and inclusion that the Framework is missing please let us know as we intend to update the Collection Instrument annually.
Submitting your data
Bloomberg Law takes extensive measures to protect and secure your personal information and company data. Data is collected through Qualtrics Labs, Inc. (“Qualtrics”). For more information about Qualtrics’ security practices, see here. For information on their handling of personal information please see their Privacy Statement here.
A full description of the DEI data policy can be found at: https://www.bloombergindustry.com/privacy-policy/
Users (i.e. those individuals wanting to participate in the Framework) are reviewed by a Bloomberg Law analyst to ensure they are an appropriate data contributor from a qualifying U.S. law firm.
The Bloomberg Law team is here to support you throughout the entire reporting process. You may contact the team at DEI_Framework@bloombergindustry.com or Molly Huie (Team Lead – Data, Legal Analytics & Business) directly at email@example.com or Brittany Long (Assistant Team Lead – Data & Surveys) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or feedback. We are also happy to schedule a call to discuss your questions.
No. Submitting data and inclusion in the Listing is free to all U.S. law firms.
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.
Bloomberg Law’s DEI Framework will be accepting data February 26, 2024 – May 10, 2024.
Data collected should reflect FY23. The full Listing will be available Q3 2024.
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