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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.

Recent Recognition

  • 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.
  • Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index gave Nixon Peabody its highest rating (100%) on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in corporate America. Nixon Peabody was named to the HRC’s 2013 “Best Places to Work For (LGBT) Equality” list.
  • 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

  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Nixon Peabody Tries Incorporating Hourly Commitment to its Diversity Efforts
    Washington Post | March 25, 2013

    This feature story highlights Nixon Peabody’s Diversity Challenge, a first-of-its-kind program focused on recruiting, training, development and mentoring, community service, and pro bono work. Washington, DC, partner and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Action Committee Kendal Tyre is quoted throughout the article discussing the firm’s commitment to diversity. Washington, DC, associate Pierce Han is also included in the article discussing the firm’s efforts.

  • In Light of MLK Day: What the Future Holds for Employers
    Law 360 | January 25, 2013

    Albany Labor & Employment partner John Higgins authored this column discussing greater workplace diversity efforts.

  • Diversity a Competitive Advantage
    Providence Business News | January 21, 2013

    In this article, Nixon Peabody attorneys comment on how to create and maintain a diverse workforce enriches corporate culture, stays in line with equal-opportunity regulations and attracts talent. Diversity action co-chair Kendal Tyre, Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara, and Providence Commercial Litigation associate Britt Killian are featured throughout the piece.

  • Nixon Attorneys Write Amicus Brief for State Bar
    Daily Record | August 22, 2012

    Rochester partners Dave Schraver and David Tennant co-authored the amicus brief by the New York State Bar Association in Fisher v. University of Texas, et. al. The NYSBA brief argues that the government has a compelling interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession—something that cannot happen without meaningful diversity in the undergraduate pipeline.

  • The Careerist: Top Firms for Women
    Am Law Daily | June 14, 2012

    This coverage notes that Nixon Peabody is among the firms recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s (WILEF) among the 2012 recipients for its "Gold Standard" award.