Colorado Firms Receive Diversity Certification

by Tony Flesor

Several firms based or operating in Colorado received the Mansfield Rule Certification from Diversity Lab. Forty-one firms around the country received certification for completing the Mansfield Rule pilot, Diversity Lab announced yesterday, and of those, 13 operate in Colorado and two — Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Holland & Hart — are based in Denver.

The Mansfield Rule pushes for diversity among leadership and governance positions at law firms by requiring firms to make up 30 percent of its candidate pool for such positions with women and attorneys of color.

To receive certification, participating law firms had to establish a baseline metric to analyze their talent pipelines and create a method to document their progress. Diversity Lab reported that those measurable metrics showed a “surge” in firms that track and measure their pipelines and that many of the certified firms have already demonstrated progress in improving diversity.

Diversity Lab also noted the increase in representation that is already taking effect across partner promotions and new hires. For example, according to Diversity Lab, 40 percent of the participating firms increased the representation of women and diverse lawyers in leadership and governance roles.

The Mansfield Rule Certified law firms operating in Colorado are:

  • Akerman
  • Arnold & Porter
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Cooley
  • Dentons
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Holland & Hart
  • Holland & Knight
  • Littler Mendelson
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • WilmerHale

Several firms were also recognized for Mansfield Certification Plus status, which indicates that in addition to meeting or exceeding the certification requirements, they also achieved at least 30 percent women and minority lawyer representation in leadership roles and committees. Those firms are Arnold & Porter, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Cooley, Covington, Day Pitney, DLA Piper, Dorsey & Whitney, Faegre Baker Daniels, Fish & Richardson, Holland & Hart, Holland & Knight, Latham & Watkin, Littler Mendelson, Miller Canfield, Morris Manning & Martin, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles & Olson, Nixon Peabody, Orrick, O’Melveny & Myers, Reed Smith, Seyfarth Shaw, Sheppard Mullin, WilmerHale and Winston & Strawn.

Diversity Lab also announced that in July, it launched the “2.0” iteration of the Mansfield Rule, which runs from July 2018 to July 2019, with 65 law firms participating. In addition to the expanded pool of participating law firms, the requirements will also be expanded to include LGBTQ+ lawyers and will measure consideration for roles in client pitch meetings and will ask participating law firms to make appointment and election processes transparent to all lawyers in their firms.