Diversity & Inclusion articles

The Prudential Financial Inc. building stands in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Meet Akin Gump’s New Diversity Chief, Hired from Prudential

Meet Akin Gump’s New Diversity Chief, Hired from Prudential

Akin Gump has hired Michele Meyer-Shipp, former chief diversity officer of Prudential Financial, as the firm’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The hire makes Akin Gump the latest Big Law firm with a dedicated diversity officer, a role that has gone from obscurity to near-ubiquity in the legal industry over the past ten years. Earlier

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KPMG Hires WilmerHale Alum as General Counsel

Accounting giant KPMG announced the appointment of Tonya T. Robinson as the company’s top lawyer, replacing Joseph I. Loonan, who held the role of general counsel for 12 years. In a statement released Monday, KPMG said that Loonan will remain as special counsel to the chairman of KPMG. Robinson takes over responsibility for coordinating legal

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Wake Up Call: Winston & Strawn Hit by Gender Bias Suit

• IP lawyer Constance Ramos has filed a gender bias lawsuit against Winston & Strawn, the latest of several such suits targeting Big Law firms. Ramos, who left the firm in August to start her own California-based intellectual property boutique, was a Honolulu high school classmate of former President Barack Obama. (Law.com) • Dentons is again the top

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Oracle’s Top Lawyer on the ‘Cascading Effect’ of Diversity

As the general counsel of Oracle, Dorian Daley believes she has an important role to play in increasing gender equality and diversity within the ranks of her outside counsel. But Daley, who oversees a 457-member legal department at the computing giant, also believes she can do the same for women in tech.  “There can be this helpful,

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Wake Up Call: PwC to Open U.S. Law Firm

• PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is set to launch a U.S. law firm called “ILC legal” later this month, with an office in Washington, D.C., in the latest move into law firms’ turf by Big Four accounting firms. (Am Law Daily) • Kasowitz Benson Torres announced a management reset, naming Cindy Caranella Kelly and Wallace L. Schwartz as co-managing partners for day-to-day

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Women Make Slight Gains In Big Law Equity Partnership: Report

Women have made modest gains in the highest ranks of Big Law firms, but they remain underrepresented and out-earned by their male counterparts, according to the results of a new survey. According to the survey conducted by the National Association of Women Lawyers, women make up 19 percent of equity partners, compared to 16 percent

In perhaps a case of art imitating life, Better Call Saul's Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) leaves the fictitious New Mexico big law firm of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill to start her own firm.

Why Women Leave Big Law to Start Their Own Firms – Ep. 1 (Podcast)

  Why are many women lawyers choosing to leave big law and starting their own law firms, even after they make partner? In the first of a two-episode podcast series, Big Law Business explores that question with Stephanie Russell-Kraft, who recently reported on the topic, and Nicole Galli, a former partner at Pepper Hamilton, who now has her

Why Women Leave Big Law to Start Their Own Firms

Why Women Leave Big Law to Start Their Own Firms – Ep. 2 (Podcast)

  Starting in the 2000s it was women who had already made partner, and who were not leaving [big law] for work-life balance reasons, but were leaving for business reasons and I don’t think that trend is going to change. – Nicole Galli, former litigation partner at Pepper Hamilton, who now has her own small

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10 Accounts of Women Who Left Big Law to Run Their Own Firms

Nancy Mertzel started her own firm in New York in 2017 “I found that in large law firms it wasn’t helpful for me to have any initiative or investigate things. I kind of squelched that aspect of who I am.” “Once I decided to explore hanging out a shingle, I started getting in touch with

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Top Lawyer to Investigate Legal Profession’s Gender Problem

Before Hilarie Bass, co-president at Greenberg Traurig, began her tenure as president of the American Bar Association in August, she had already raised over $350,000 for her signature agenda item: a national research study to find out why women leave their careers in the law. Specifically, the president-elect hopes to find out why so many women leave law firms