Commitment to Diversity

A Message from Our Chair

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges means that same sex couples in any state of the union may enjoy the rights, privileges and personal dignity of lawful marriage. I am proud of the role that Ropes & Gray, through our appellate team led by Doug Hallward-Driemeier, played in bringing about this historic outcome. Read more.

At Ropes & Gray, diversity has long been an essential part of our firm identity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and family structures. We see our individual differences as an asset that enhances the quality of life for each of us and strengthens what we can accomplish as a firm. We work hard to create a workplace that allows our attorneys, paralegals, technical advisors, and staff to transcend differences and value similarities to ensure we provide our clients with an exceptional level of client service.

Ropes & Gray has consistently been recognized amongst the nation’s leading law firms in the area of diversity & inclusion. Ropes & Gray has earned the top rating of 100 percent since 2009 by the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This top rating was achieved by Ropes & Gray based on the firm’s non-discrimination policies which focus on making the firm a welcoming workplace for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Ropes & Gray was recognized by The New York Times, along with other leading businesses and law firms, for a benefits practice that extends reimbursement policies to same sex couples in a domestic partnership.

Ropes & Gray was honored with the MCCA’s Thomas Sager award in 2012 and 2013 and recently the Strength in Diversity Award at Managing IP’s 2013 North American Awards in Washington, D.C. for the firm’s demonstrated commitment to diversity. In April 2014, Ropes & Gray was recognized for having the “Best Mentoring Program” at the 2014 Chambers Women in Law Awards in New York. Chambers highlighted the firm’s program, noting “The mentoring circles allow female attorneys to share experiences across all levels, departments and locations and offer regular networking sessions.” Ropes & Gray has also received Category Honors in Gender Parity in Partner Promotions in Yale Law Women’s 2014 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms survey. This is a survey conducted by the non-partisan Yale Law Women, and to qualify for Category Honors in Gender Parity in Partner Promotions, elevations to partnership must include at least 40 percent women.

Other recent recognition includes high rankings by Vault, year after year, in its survey of the 100 most prestigious law firms in the country. In the 2017 Vault guide, the firm was ranked #1 for overall diversity, marking the eighth consecutive year in which the firm has been ranked in the top five overall. 

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