Diversity & Inclusion



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.

We’re proud of our progress in building a more diverse and inclusive firm, but we know there's more work to do. Watch what we’ve accomplished so far.

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.

Contacts

Rekha Chiruvolu
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
rchiruvolu@nixonpeabody.com

Joseph Ortego
Chief Diversity Officer
jortego@nixonpeabody.com

Recognition

  • 2019 Mansfield Certification Plus. Diversity Lab honored Nixon Peabody with Mansfield Certification Plus status for achieving over 30% gender, racial/ethnic, and LGBTQ+ diversity in the majority of our leadership roles within our firm.
  • Diversity Champion award, South Asian Bar Association (2019)
  • 2019 Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for the 13th 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.
  • 2018 Mansfield Certification Plus. Diversity Lab honored Nixon Peabody with Mansfield Certification Plus status for achieving over 30% gender and racial/ethnic diversity in the majority of our leadership roles within our firm.
  • Boston University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) named Nixon Peabody as its 2018 Law Firm of the Year, recognizing the firm’s “exceptional commitment to increasing diversity.”
  • 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.

‘It Gets Better’ CEO Seth Levy on being out in BigLaw

Law360 | June 20, 2019

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy talks about his involvement with the It Gets Better Project and his experience as an openly gay man in the legal profession. Click here to read the full article.

Panel looks at gay rights progress 50 years after Stonewall

D.C. Bar | June 11, 2019

This article highlights Nixon Peabody’s Pride event at the Washington, DC, office, which featured a panel discussion on LGBTQ+ progress moderated by Complex Commercial Disputes associate Brian Whittaker.

How I Made Partner: Nixon Peabody’s Kathleen Ceglarski Burns

Law360 | May 31, 2019

In this Q&A, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns discusses her legal career and path to partnership.

2019 Women of Excellence: RBJ honors 7 women in legal community

Rochester Business Journal | March 21, 2019

Rochester Private Clients partner Stephanie Seiffert is honored in this article for earning Rochester Business Journal’s 2019 Women of Excellence award, which recognizes high-achieving female attorneys based on their professional experience, leadership and community involvement. Rochester of counsel Susan Robfogel, a retired partner, was also recognized and will be inducted to the publication’s Circle of Excellence.

And the LOTW runners up...

American Lawyer | March 14, 2019

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath, Tom Hecht and Tina Solis are mentioned in this article as runners-up for AmLaw’s Litigators of the Week award for their win at the Iowa Supreme Court in a matter involving Medicaid coverage of gender-affirming surgery for transgender people.

Iowa justices say Medicaid covers sex-change surgery

Courthouse News Service | March 08, 2019

In the following coverage, Chicago partners Tom Hecht, Seth Horvath and Tina Solis are mentioned in a series of articles covering the Iowa Supreme Court decision in favor of their clients, two transgender women who were denied Medicaid coverage for their gender-affirming surgeries, in violation of the Iowa Constitution and civil rights statutes. Chicago associate Bill Kirby and eDiscovery specialist Anders van Marter were also on the team.

Transgender Medicaid patients notch big win in Iowa

Bloomberg Law | March 08, 2019

In the following coverage, Chicago partners Tom Hecht, Seth Horvath and Tina Solis are mentioned in a series of articles covering the Iowa Supreme Court decision in favor of their clients, two transgender women who were denied Medicaid coverage for their gender-affirming surgeries, in violation of the Iowa Constitution and civil rights statutes. Chicago associate Bill Kirby and eDiscovery specialist Anders van Marter were also on the team.

Medicaid must cover trans women's surgeries: Iowa justices

Law360 | March 08, 2019

In the following coverage, Chicago partners Tom Hecht, Seth Horvath and Tina Solis are mentioned in a series of articles covering the Iowa Supreme Court decision in favor of their clients, two transgender women who were denied Medicaid coverage for their gender-affirming surgeries, in violation of the Iowa Constitution and civil rights statutes. Chicago associate Bill Kirby and eDiscovery specialist Anders van Marter were also on the team.

Growing up as a Title IX kid

Medium.com | January 31, 2019

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon authored this column about women and leadership in the legal industry. She recaps her experience at an ALAS conference focused on advancing women in law firm leadership and how discussions about implicit bias and inclusion—inside and outside the law firm—are helping create concrete solutions for the future.

Episode S2E7: The Future is Female

To Live and Law in LA | December 05, 2018

Los Angeles associates Jade Turner-Bond and Shannon Egan host this week’s episode, featuring a discussion of California’s new law, SB 826, which requires every publicly traded company in the state to have at least one woman on its board. The hosts discuss SB 826 with Megan Sette and Miki Reynolds, heads of Grid 110, a downtown Los Angeles startup accelerator with a focus on women founders.

Men who get it: Andrew Glincher, CEO/Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody

The Glass Hammer | November 28, 2018

Managing partner and CEO Andrew Glincher is featured in this article discussing his personal belief in the value of diversity and inclusion, Nixon Peabody’s programs to promote equitable hiring and promotion, and how his own socioeconomic background has shaped his views.

The story behind the nation's first standalone LGBTQ+ accelerator, which graduates its 20th startup today

Entrepreneur | November 28, 2018

San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor is featured in this article about how a personal experience with anti-LGBTQ discrimination led to his role in the creation of the StartOut Growth Lab, the first standalone business accelerator for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. StartOut graduated its third cohort of businesses on Thursday.

Making partner with kids in tow

Best of Both Worlds Podcast | November 26, 2018

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Burns was a guest on the Best of Both Worlds podcast, discussing her experience as a working attorney with four children and highlighting Nixon Peabody’s many family-friendly policies.

Making partner with kids in tow

Best of Both Worlds Podcast | November 26, 2018

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Burns was a guest on the Best of Both Worlds podcast, discussing her experience as a working attorney with four children and highlighting Nixon Peabody’s many family-friendly policies.

Simple strategies to promote diversity and inclusion

Huffington Post | November 26, 2018

Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher wrote this contributed article about Nixon Peabody’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

What Boston must do to get more black lawyers

Boston Business Journal | October 17, 2018

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tarae Howell is quoted in this article about his journey to practicing law and how he serves as a role model for young African Americans who are interested in legal careers.

The 1993 March on Washington remembered (photo essay)

Los Angeles Blade | September 22, 2018

Nixon Peabody last week co-sponsored a bicoastal celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 1993 March on Washington, a watershed event in the LGBTQ equality movement. San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor is pictured and quoted in this photo essay looking back at the March.

Accelerating success

Delta Sky Magazine | August 31, 2018

This article about startup incubators and accelerators highlights how Nixon Peabody partnered with a national nonprofit to create the StartOut Growth Lab, an accelerator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Diversity initiative names 'certified' firms for women, minority leadership

The American Lawyer | August 19, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article for meeting the Mansfield Rule requirements for representation of women and minorities in leadership or governance roles, partner promotions and senior lateral hires. NP is one of 41 firms nationwide to be Mansfield Certified, and one of 27 firms to earn the “Plus” certification.

Effort to boost diversity in leadership touts top law firms

Law360 | August 19, 2018

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this story discussing Nixon Peabody’s commitment to increasing diversity in its leadership and partnership ranks—an effort that culminated in a Mansfield Certification Plus designation from Diversity Lab.

Managing a multigenerational law firm

Practical Law | July 31, 2018

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this article for her view on how law firms can successfully support a multigenerational workforce, which is another aspect of ongoing conversations about diversity.

The new civil right: How the LGBTQ community can knock down barriers to economic empowerment

San Francisco Business Times | June 14, 2018

Nixon Peabody and San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is featured in this article about the importance of making economic empowerment the next goal of the LGBTQ rights movement.

An APP-etite for Feedback

Medium.com | June 04, 2018

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu wrote this contributed article about Nixon Peabody’s instant feedback tool for associates, called Here and Now: Real-Time Feedback.

LGBT pride: Weighing the state of equality in the law

Law360 | May 31, 2018

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and Los Angeles intellectual property partner Seth Levy are quoted in this story on the strides LGBT attorneys have made in the legal industry.

East County gym sued over transgender locker access

Fox 5 San Diego | May 01, 2018

Los Angeles labor and employment associate Erin Holyoke is quoted in this article about a discrimination lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody and the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties on behalf of their client Christynne Wood, a transgender woman, against a Crunch Fitness gym in San Diego county.

Above & Beyond: Honoring 30 of New York’s Most Remarkable Women

City & State New York | March 26, 2018

New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen has been named one of the New York’s most remarkable women for her work on housing policy.

Nixon Peabody opens tech incubator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs

ABA Journal | November 30, 2017

This article features Nixon Peabody San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab, an incubator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted for launching the initiative.

Law firms lead the pack for LGBTQ corporate equality

Law360 | November 09, 2017

Manager of Diversity & Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this article about the most recent edition of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which highlights Nixon Peabody among the law firms receiving a perfect score of 100 and earing recognition as a “Best Place to work for LGBTQ Equality.”

At this unusual startup accelerator, being gay is a prerequisite 

San Jose Mercury News | October 29, 2017

In this article about StartOut Growth Lab, the first startup accelerator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office, the firm is mentioned for its role in providing legal advice and office space.

Trans student files motion to defend Frederick school policy

Washington Blade | October 22, 2017

This article mentions Washington DC commercial litigation attorneys John Hayes, Brian Whittaker and Ken Nichols for serving as counsel on the motion to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the Frederick County School Board and its policies to prevent discrimination against transgender students in the school system.

Preventative discrimination training should be ongoing

Rochester Business Journal | October 19, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera and manager of diversity and inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu were quoted in this special report regarding why employers should provide preventative discrimination training in the workplace.

ACLU takes legal action defending rights of Maryland transgender students

LGBT Weekly | October 19, 2017

This article mentions Washington DC commercial litigation attorneys John Hayes, Brian Whittaker and Kenneth Nichols for serving as counsel on the motion to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the Frederick County School Board and its policies to prevent discrimination against transgender students in the school system.

Wake up call: Uber close to hiring a top legal executive, reports say

Bloomberg Law: Big Law Business | September 17, 2017

This news roundup mentions the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Nixon Peabody's on-site incubator a boost for LGBT entrepreneurs

American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Law.com | September 13, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and IP counseling and transactions partner On Lu are quoted in this feature article about the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Why midsize firms run the gamut on diversity

Law360 | August 20, 2017

Washington DC IP counseling and transactions associate Anthony Duncan is quoted in this article about how a law firm’s size affects diversity.

Here's how businesses are welcoming nonprofits to share their space

San Francisco Business Times | July 19, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted extensively in this feature on the San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab. The article highlights the program, the inspiration behind how it got started, and the synergies between Nixon Peabody and StartOut.

The Mentor

Long Island Business News | May 25, 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 05, 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 25, 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 25, 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 23, 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 12, 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 11, 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.

Victory as New York trans man granted legal name change at appeal

Pink News | December 19, 2016

Buffalo counsel Laurie Styka Bloom is mentioned in this article for her pro bono work on behalf of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) to help a transgender man obtain the right to legally change his name.

Chicago firms, legal field rank high in LGBT study

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | December 08, 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 04, 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 04, 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 13, 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 13, 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 23, 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 15, 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.

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