Diversity enlivens our workplace. It jostles traditional thinking and brings rich experience to our clients and communities.

Our priority is to attract, retain and promote talented individuals who reflect an array of racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious and personal backgrounds. Nixon Peabody is recognized as a diversity leader by important measures like the Corporate Equality Index. We are incredibly proud of our 100% rating and actively work to keep it.

While we are proud of our diversity record, we know our actions going forward are the more important story. Through continuous attention to recruitment, training, mentoring and policies we will achieve our goal of ever greater diversity in the future.


Rekha Chiruvolu, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion

Recent Recognition

  • 2017 Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for the eleventh consecutive year. Highest rating (100%) on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in corporate America. Also named to the HRC’s 2017 “Best Places to Work For (LGBT) Equality” list.
  • 2017 Equality Illinois (EQIL). Specified as one of the top Illinois firms for LGBT diversity and inclusive practices.
  • LGBT Advocacy Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California (2014)
  • Chambers: Women in Law—Most Innovative Gender Initiative award has honored Nixon Peabody as a finalist for 2013.
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), an organization dedicated to advancing the interests of women at law firms, recognized Nixon Peabody with a Gold Standard Certification Award. Achieving this distinction means that a significant number of women have attained the highest leadership levels at Nixon Peabody. The firm is one of only 50 law firms to meet WILEF’s “Gold Standard” criteria.
  • Work Life Matters magazine named Nixon Peabody among the “Top Companies for LGBT Equality” in recognition of the firm’s diversity programs and initiatives. Work Life Matters is a national publication that educates executives and advocates about the importance of work life services and resources throughout the nation’s workforce.
  • Vault included Nixon Peabody in its 2012 rankings of the “Top 100 Firms for Diversity.” Nixon Peabody was ranked in three categories, earning #17 for overall diversity, #17 for diversity with respect to minorities and #13 for diversity with respect to LGBT. Vault’s 2012 rankings were based on the responses of 16,000 associates across the U.S. This is the second time Vault has recognized Nixon Peabody for outstanding diversity.
  • The Rosoff Awards recognized Nixon Peabody in the “Diversity Initiative: Internal” category for its firmwide “Diversity Challenge” program that focuses on driving diverse recruiting and retention. The program challenges each attorney to devote 40 hours annually to a diversity initiative or activity.

The Mentor

Long Island Business News | May 26, 2017

Long Island health care associate JoAnna Nicholson is featured in this Q&A about her career, work-life balance and women in law.

Attitudes toward women on agenda

Albany Times Union | May 06, 2017

Albany commercial litigation associate Leah Threatte Bojnowski is mentioned in this article as one of the speakers at the upcoming Women@Work Summit on the New York State of Women.

Start Out partners with Nixon Peabody for first-ever diversity-focused law accelerator

Nibletz: The Voice of Startups Everywhere Else | April 26, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted in this article about the new StartOut Growth Lab in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Top women in law honored

Long Island Business News | April 26, 2017

Long Island health care associate JoAnna Nicholson is mentioned in this article for being named one of Hofstra Law School’s “Outstanding Women in Law” award recipients.

Most influential women lawyers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Journal | April 24, 2017

The Los Angeles Business Journal named Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers.

The Daily Record names its 2017 Excellence in Law winners

The Daily Record | April 13, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera was recognized by the 2017 Excellence in Law awards as a “Top Woman in Law.”

These law firms made the most women partners in 2016

Bloomberg Big Law Business | January 12, 2017

This article focuses on the diversity of partner classes in AmLaw100 firms. Nixon Peabody is mentioned as one of the few law firms who had a partner class in 2016 with at least 50% women.

Chicago firms, legal field rank high in LGBT study

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | December 09, 2016

Manager of diversity & inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this article which mentions Nixon Peabody’s 11th consecutive year of receiving a perfect rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th annual Corporate Equality Index.

BigLaw sets the bar for LGBT equality policies

Law360 | December 05, 2016

Nixon Peabody is included in the below articles covering the firm’s 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign, which evaluates companies on policies and benefits that support LGBT employees.

Law firm nets highest Human Rights Campaign rating

Long Island Business News | December 05, 2016

Nixon Peabody is included in the below articles covering the firm’s 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign, which evaluates companies on policies and benefits that support LGBT employees.

Firm makes courting diversity full-time focus

Los Angeles Business Journal | November 14, 2016

Manager of diversity and inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is featured in this story for her role and the many ways Nixon Peabody has made hiring and retaining diverse attorneys a priority. Los Angeles partner Jill Gordon is also quoted throughout.

Top women in the law

New York Law Journal | November 14, 2016

Rochester commercial litigation partner and office managing partner Carolyn Nussbaum is profiled in this article as a result of her recent “Top Women in the Law” recognition.

How one law firm is tackling diversity

Forbes | October 24, 2016

This feature Q&A with Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher highlights Nixon Peabody’s diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry.

Top Women in Law 2016

New York Law Journal | September 16, 2016

Rochester office managing partner Carolyn Nussbaum, nominated by the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, was selected by New York Law Journal among the 2016 “Top Women in Law.” The list shines a light on the outstanding work and notable achievements of female attorneys across New York State.

Shout-Out: Nixon Peabody Scores Win for Planet Fitness in Transgender Locker Room Suit

American Lawyer Litigation Daily | January 13, 2016

This feature story highlights the firm’s efforts securing a dismissal of transgender locker room policy lawsuit for client Planet Fitness. The Boston team of partner Art Pressman and associate Troy Lieberman are noted as counsel.

Attorneys Thrive on Forward Thinking

Buffalo Business First  | December 07, 2015

Buffalo office managing partner Martha Anderson and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist Rekha Chiruvolu are featured in this story on progressive law firms. Martha and Rekha discuss the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

BigLaw Takes Top Spot for LGBT Equality Policies

Law360 | November 18, 2015

Managing Partner & CEO Andrew Glincher is quoted in this feature article on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. The coverage notes this is NP’s 10th consecutive year with a 100% ranking.

Five Questions With...

Buffalo Law Journal | November 06, 2014

This Q&A is conducted with partner Sheldon Smith. The profile notes Sheldon's practice and his community involvement including his Catholic Health System Board of Directors position. Sheldon also addresses the need to understand a client’s business, the importance of corporate diversity, and how attorneys can prepare clients for the future.

Out of the Closet and Into the Courts

Law360 | November 03, 2014

Providence Commercial Litigation associate Britt Killian authored this column noting that while circuit court decisions do not yet establish a clear privacy right in one’s sexual orientation, they do suggest such a right is emerging.

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