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 2021 Corporate Equality Index for the fifth 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
  • 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 2021 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Providence’s Krystle Tadesse was selected as a member of the 2021 Fellows Program for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and Dallas’ Ashley Thurman were named to LCLD’s Pathfinder Program, representing the most recent Locke Lord lawyers to participate in both programs
  • Locke Lord Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (Retired) Paulette Brown was selected as a member of Law360’s 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Editorial Advisory Board, which provides feedback on Law360's coverage and insight on how best to shape future coverage
  • 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’ Cameasha Turner was selected as a Fellow in the National Bar Association’s inaugural Associate Advancement Academy for Excellence, an initiative designed to help Black associates in large law firms advance their careers
  • 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
  • Chicago Partners Miki Goodin, Jennifer Kenedy and Ashlee Knuckey were recognized as 2020 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
  • 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
  • Locke Lord was recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) with the 2019 Top Performer designation and Compass Award, underscoring the Firm’s leadership in building a diverse workplace and a more inclusive legal profession. Top Performers are LCLD’s most active members, and the Compass Award recognizes engaged participants in its Fellows, Pathfinder and pipeline programs
  • Miki Goodin and Ernesto Palomo, Partners in Locke Lord’s Chicago office, were selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as 2019 Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting and Law honorees for their 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
  • Austin Partner and Executive Committee Member Michelle Earley was named to Austin Black Business Journal’s 2019 Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyers List
  • 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
  • In 2019, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (Retired) Paulette Brown was inducted into the National Bar Association’s prestigious Fred David Gray Hall of Fame for her significant contributions to the cause of justice. She was also named to Savoy Magazine's 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America list for her work to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession
  • 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
  • Wasim Bleibel, an Associate in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, 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.