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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 individuals of all genders. And our talent must 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.

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.


Jennifer Kuenster
Diversity and Inclusion Partner

Rekha Chiruvolu
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Recent Recognition

  • 2015 Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Highest rating (100%) on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in corporate America. Also named to the HRC’s 2015 “Best Places to Work For (LGBT) Equality” list.
  • Equality Illinois (EQIL). Specified as one of the top Illinois firms for LGBT diversity and inclusive. (2015)
  • 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.

Media Clips

  • Meet the Board: Colleen Raimond
    Empty Closet (a Genesee Valley Gay Alliance publication) | March 16, 2016
    Rochester associate Colleen Raimond, a board member of the Genesee Valley Gay Alliance, is profiled.
  • Shout-Out: Nixon Peabody Scores Win for Planet Fitness in Transgender Locker Room Suit
    American Lawyer Litigation Daily | January 13, 2016
    This feature story highlights the firm’s efforts securing a dismissal of transgender locker room policy lawsuit for client Planet Fitness. The Boston team of partner Art Pressman and associate Troy Lieberman are noted as counsel.
  • Attorneys Thrive on Forward Thinking
    Buffalo Business First  | December 7, 2015
    Buffalo office managing partner Martha Anderson and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist Rekha Chiruvolu are featured in this story on progressive law firms. Martha and Rekha discuss the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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  • BigLaw Takes Top Spot for LGBT Equality Policies
    Law360 | November 18, 2015
    Managing Partner & CEO Andrew Glincher is quoted in this feature article on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. The coverage notes this is NP’s 10th consecutive year with a 100% ranking.
  • Five Questions With...
    Buffalo Law Journal | November 6, 2014
    This Q&A is conducted with partner Sheldon Smith. The profile notes Sheldon's practice and his community involvement including his Catholic Health System Board of Directors position. Sheldon also addresses the need to understand a client’s business, the importance of corporate diversity, and how attorneys can prepare clients for the future.
  • Out of the Closet and Into the Courts
    Law360 | November 3, 2014
    Providence Commercial Litigation associate Britt Killian authored this column noting that while circuit court decisions do not yet establish a clear privacy right in one’s sexual orientation, they do suggest such a right is emerging.
  • Niagara County Transgender Woman Secures Name Change
    Buffalo News | May 6, 2014
    The pro bono work of Buffalo Commercial Litigation associate Lynnette Nogueras-Trummer was featured in this article about a transgender woman who was able to secure a name change after being unable to pay the court filing fee.
  • Closing Argument: Learning to Celebrate You
    USF Lawyer | May 1, 2014
    San Francisco associate Cameron Cloar authored this contributed column discussing the firm’s pro bono involvement in partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California to protect the rights of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club and its members at California’s Sultana High School.
  • Women Are Leading Law Firms
    Long Island Business News | March 14, 2014
    Real Estate practice group leader Denise Pursley, immediate past Long Island office managing partner, is quoted in this piece discussing female leaders in the law.
  • Law Firm Nixon Peabody Seeks a New Take on an Old Brand
    Washington Post | January 6, 2014
    In this feature article, CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher discusses the firm’s new brand and how we are taking unconventional approaches to some of the challenges facing the legal industry. IPED and NP Capital Connector®, as well as our Diversity Challenge, are highlighted in the piece.
  • The Case for GLBT Seniors Housing
    Affordable Housing Finance | September 24, 2013
    Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Randy Kelly discusses the need for seniors housing for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
  • BigLaw Attys Praise High Court's Gay Marriage Rulings
    Law360 | June 26, 2013

    Boston Private Clients associate Jen Collins provides commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings regarding California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).