Inclusiveness@Work Law Firm/Legal Department Nominee: Armstrong Teasdale
Armstrong Teasdale (AT) recognizes creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion is more than policy statements and written goals. It requires ongoing initiatives to recruit, support and retain diverse attorneys and staff, and AT is committed to remaining ever vigilant on this issue.
According to April 2017 data from the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), women and minorities remain significantly underrepresented in the partner population at law firms. In the Denver office, 40 percent of the partners are women and 20 percent are racially diverse – more than double the average calculated by NALP. In addition, nearly 50 percent of AT’s Denver employees are women and roughly 30 percent identify as racially diverse. The firm’s success relies on a diverse group of lawyers and staff, working in an environment where each person can reach their maximum potential.
For three consecutive years, the firm received the highest possible score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. AT has internal programs that help diverse attorneys build their practices and raise their profiles. AT’s female partners are among the best business generators, serve as relationship managers for some of the firm’s largest multi-national clients, and regularly first-chair some of the most significant litigation and transactional matters.
Additionally, Armstrong Teasdale participates in over 10 separate efforts aimed at attracting diverse talent, including the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars program which expands opportunities for diverse, first-year law students.
The Denver office is active in the community by serving in leadership and advisory roles for many organizations, such as the Latinas First Foundation, Sam Cary Bar Association, and the National Employment Law Council. Recently, the Denver office hosted diverse client Michelle Lucero of Children’s Hospital Colorado for an inspiring presentation about standing out in a crowd and raising strong women, who in turn become strong business leaders.
Armstrong Teasdale maintains a Supplier Diversity policy to encourage the use of Minority, Women and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (MWDVBE) and currently uses 218 vendors which are either minority, women, veteran or LGBTQ-owned.
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