As an experienced litigator now serving as Nixon Peabody’s firmwide Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Rekha brings her career-spanning passion for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to oversee the firm’s diversity initiatives. She develops trainings and other programming featuring inspiring thought leaders, and works with the firm’s practice groups and recruiting, professional development and business development teams to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into all aspects of the firm.
Additionally, Rekha frequently assists firm clients with the development of their own diversity and inclusion programming, trainings and related initiatives.
Rekha is an attorney who practiced litigation for almost 10 years. During this time, she was very active in various minority bar associations, advocating for greater diversity and inclusion in the profession. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Rekha was the Assistant Director of the Office of Career Services at the University of California—Los Angeles School of Law. In that role she worked closely with employers and various bar associations to implement programming and initiatives for diverse law students and graduates.
Rekha is also active in various diversity-related bar organizations. She currently serves as the Vice President of Sponsorship and Development for the South Asian Bar Association of North America.
We’re seeing a shift from diversity being the “right thing to do” to it being the “smart thing to do.” Studies show that diverse teams come up with better solutions to problems and are more innovative and creative. As a firm that prides itself on being forward-focused and sensing ahead, diversity and inclusion are key characteristics of the Nixon Peabody brand. We know that businesses that embrace diversity and practice inclusion will be better positioned to attract and retain talent and as a result will provide better overall services to their customers. Through its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Nixon Peabody is applying the collective intelligence of our many perspectives to create a more inclusive workplace and better serve our clients.
Law360 | October 27, 2017
This article about law firm’s efforts to improve diversity through variations of the Mansfield Rule quotes diversity and inclusion manager Rekha Chiruvolu on Nixon Peabody’s recruiting initiative that requires at least 20 percent of all lateral candidates to be diverse.
Rochester Business Journal | October 20, 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.
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.
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.
Huffington Post | September 01, 2016
Manager of diversity & inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu, Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy and Los Angeles public finance associate Jade Turner-Bond are quoted in this article that highlights Nixon Peabody’s efforts to create an inclusive workplace.