Organizational strategy

We are proud to celebrate our wide range of diversity and all of the steps we take to ensure that we are inclusive in our actions. We support organizations that share our commitment to diversity and inclusion with our time, talent and financial resources. Our diversity is broad-based and stems from varying ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, languages, nationalities and religions. All of these factors aid us as we strive for a workplace where all of our team members, without regard to title or position, can thrive as legal professionals.

The Firm is consistently looking inward for barriers which may impede the retention of women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ lawyers and lawyers who are differently abled. In conjunction with this process, we have engaged in extensive education, including interactive and honest dialogue, regarding these issues. The Firm continues its strong commitment to diversifying its team members in order to operate a superior law firm that is reflective of the communities in which we live and work.

Just a Sampling of Locke Lord's Involvement Includes: 

  • Locke Lord achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status for 2021, recognizing the Firm for hitting targets designed to boost the representation of diverse lawyers considered for a variety of roles and opportunities within the Firm
  • Locke Lord achieved a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year, and Locke Lord predecessor firm Edwards Wildman earned a 100 percent rating for seven consecutive years from 2009-2015. A perfect score in this annual report evaluating policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ employees earns the Firm the distinction of being an employer of choice for LGBTQ+ employees
  • Firm Chair David Taylor made a public pledge as part of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Leaders at the Front movement, which focuses on creating actionable plans to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession
  • Locke Lord has been recognized with the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Benchmark Award, acknowledging the Firm for demonstrating passion and commitment to leading the advancement of women's issues
  • Locke Lord was recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity with the 2021 Top Performer designation and Compass Award, underscoring the Firm’s leadership in building a diverse workplace and a more inclusive legal profession
  • Locke Lord signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ CEO Pledge, which aims to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace
  • Locke Lord is a member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, which aims to amplify voices oppressed by racism, use the law as a vehicle for change for communities of color and promote racial equity in the law
  • Locke Lord signed the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network’s CRE Pledge for Action, designed to advance women and elevate actions that encourage greater diversity and inclusion in the commercial real estate industry
  • Chicago Partner Ernesto Palomo was named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the 2022 Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, recognizing his leadership as Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and significant impact advancing these principles in the community
  • Dallas Office Managing Partner Elizabeth Mack was named a 2022 Women in Business honoree by Dallas Business Journal, recognizing the region’s most successful women business leaders
  • Chicago Partner Carolyn Blessing was named a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Salute! Top Women in Law honoree, recognized for her impact on the legal profession, leadership and success while mentoring and promoting other women
  • Providence Partner Krystle Tadesse was named a 2022 Leader in the Law by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly. The award honors current leaders of the bar for their outstanding accomplishments across the legal profession. She was also named to Providence Business News’ 18th annual 2022 40 Under Forty list, recognizing her outstanding career success and involvement within the community
  • Chicago Partners Jennifer Kenedy and Carolyn Blessing were recognized as a 2022 Notable Women in Law by Crain’s Chicago Business for their ability to effect change, serve as a role model and mentor to other women attorneys and promote inclusive practices in the workplace
  • Austin’s Chris Richardson, was named a 2022 Most Influential Lawyer Award honoree by Austin Black Business Journal, recognizing the region’s most outstanding Black professionals in the legal field
  • Houston’s Akilah Craig was named 2022 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, recognizing the achievement of young women lawyers in the legal profession exemplified by proficiency, service to the profession and dedication to the ‎community
  • Austin’s Caron Byrd was selected as a 2022-2023 Fellow of the National Bar Association’s Associate Advancement Academy for Excellence. She was one of only 20 Fellows chosen for the initiative, which is designed to help Black associates in large law firms advance their careers
  • Chicago Partner Julie Webb was recognized as one of the 2021 40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association, recognizing her distinction in her field and profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality. She was also named to Crain's Chicago Business' 2021 Notable LGBTQ Executives
  • Los Angeles Office Managing Partner Nina Huerta was honored among Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2021 Latinas of Influence for her tremendous service and leadership as well as her work to promote the Latina community
  • Boston Partner Christine McCay was recognized as a 2021 Top Women of Law Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, recognizing her among exceptional women lawyers who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models
  • Houston International Partner Ann Ryan Robertson was named a 2021 Women Who Mean Business Honoree by Houston Business Journal as an Outstanding Business Leader in Law
  • Houston’s Alicia Castro was selected as a member of the 2022 Fellows Program for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity representing the most recent Locke Lord lawyer to participate in the program
  • Houston Partners Alicia Castro, Lauren Doughty and Mia Lorick were named to the Texas Diversity Council’s 2021 Top Women Lawyers list, recognizing their impact on the legal industry, insight and leadership
  • Chicago’s Nina Vachhani was named to Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization’s 2021 5 Under 40, recognizing her commitment to working toward increased diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal field
  • Dallas Partner Arthur Anthony was recognized in 2020 with the Hon. Cleo R. Steele Committed Mentor Award from the J.L. Turner Legal Association for his commitment and contributions to justice, equality and diversity in the legal profession
  • Boston Partner Stephanie Massey was recognized as a 2020 Top Women of Law Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, which celebrates the achievements of exceptional women lawyers
  • Chicago’s Wasim Bleibel and Nick O’Conner were selected in 2020 as Fellows in The Chicago Committee’s inaugural Pathway to Partnership program, which is designed to help senior associates and other lawyers develop client relationships and increase the number of diverse partners at large law firms in Chicago
  • Ernesto Palomo, Partner in Locke Lord’s Chicago office, was selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as a 2019 Notable Minority in Accounting, Consulting and Law honoree for his dedication to advancing the causes of justice and equality as well as mentoring a diverse generation of new lawyers
  • Matt McTygue, Boston Office Managing Partner, was selected as the Boston Business Journal’s 2019 LGBT Business Trailblazer Award honoree in recognition of his distinguished record of leadership in the LGBT community
  • Art Anthony, Partner in Locke Lord’s Dallas office, was selected by the National Bar Association as a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Heman M. Sweatt Award
  • Ernesto Palomo, a Partner in Locke Lord’s Chicago office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, was honored as 2019 Latino Attorney of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association. He was also recognized as a leader in law in Negocios Now’s 2019 Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago
  • Bilal Zaheer, a Partner in Locke Lord’s Chicago office, was selected as a Best Lawyers Under 40 honoree by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2019, recognizing his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion and strong commitment to Asian Pacific American civic and community affairs
  • Partner Carolyn Blessing was named to the 2019 40 Under Forty list by Law Bulletin Media, publisher of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer. The list recognizes up-and-coming lawyers for their intelligence, passion, success and work in the community
  • Houston Partners Alicia Castro and Lauren Doughty were named to the National Diversity Council’s 2019 Top 50 Women Lawyers, an honor recognizing their leadership in the legal industry and ongoing role in championing diversity and inclusion
  • Natalie Jersak, an Associate in Locke Lord’s Boston office, received the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys’ 2019 Analisa Smith-Perez Rising Star Award, recognizing her commitment to the Latino community
  • Chicago's Wasim Bleibel was selected by Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization to receive the 2019 5 Under 40 Award for legal professionals in the Chicago area

 

Looking Forward

While we know, as most law firms do, there is always room for improvement, based upon our previous accomplishments and the foundation which has been established, we believe we are poised to become a recognized leader of law firm diversity and inclusion.