Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody LLP is proud to announce that legal industry incubator Diversity Lab has named the law firm as one of eight Inclusion Champions out of 240 firms that participated in Diversity Lab’s Inclusion Blueprint.
In addition to the firmwide recognition, Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property practice has been named an Inclusion Champion for IP.
Diversity Lab—which aims to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the legal profession—developed the Inclusion Blueprint to measure actions that lead to greater diversity and provide firm management and practice group leaders with a roadmap of inclusion initiatives to ensure underrepresented lawyers have fair and equal access to quality work, influential sponsors, and other opportunities.
“We are proud of our firm’s progress in building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, and while this recognition validates that we are making a positive impact, we know there is much more hard work to be done,” said Nixon Peabody CEO and Managing Partner Stephen Zubiago. “As our attorneys help an increasing number of businesses create DEI strategies for their own workforces, we have a responsibility to continue building on our progress to create a more inclusive organization and profession.”
To achieve the Inclusion Champion honors, the firm and its Intellectual Property practice had to score at least 70 out of 100 across four key metrics:
- Diversity representation based on average or above-average thresholds
- Year-over-year diversity representation progress
- Diversity representation tracking
- Meaningful inclusion practices and activities
Diversity Lab analyzed factors such as inclusion activities for lawyers with disabilities, pay equity and business generation factors that affect compensation, and linking practice group leaders’ compensation to diversity headcount or inclusion efforts, among other areas. This year for the first time, Inclusion Champions had to meet a diversity representation threshold or show year-over-year progress for each of the four underrepresented populations assessed by the Inclusion Blueprint: women lawyers, underrepresented racial and ethnic lawyers, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities.
Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property practice is one of 13 practice groups across the country to be recognized, and one of only two to be honored in the area of IP.
“It is critically important that colleagues from all underrepresented groups receive equitable access to opportunities, and we’re honored to be recognized for our efforts in this area,” said Nixon Peabody partner Seth Levy, leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. “We are committed to the recruitment, retention, training, and development of diverse colleagues across our IP practice, and we are willing to push the envelope to try new things.”
Click here to learn more about Nixon Peabody’s DEI initiatives and additional recognition of the firm’s programs and practice areas.