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June 2021

Gordon & Rees Ranked Among the Top Quartile of Law Firms on American Lawyer’s 2021 Diversity Scorecard

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has been ranked No. 53 on The American Lawyer's 2021 Diversity Scorecard. The Diversity Scorecard measures minority representation in the country's largest law firms. The firm has been ranked among the top quartile of firms consecutively since 2012 and has continued to rise since first appearing on the list at No. 170 in 2005. 

The firm's commitment to a culture of inclusion began more than three decades ago with the establishment of its Diversity Committee to devise and implement policies to advance diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the firm's culture. Gordon & Rees is vigilant about diversity in hiring, mentoring, retaining, and promoting. 

“We could not be more focused on achieving meaningful and tangible progress in terms of diversity and inclusion, both of which remain cornerstone priorities for Gordon & Rees,” said Firmwide Managing Partner, Dion N. Cominos

In December 2020, Gordon & Rees announced the implementation of its Leadership Equality and Diversity (“LEAD”) Program as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to recruit, retain, and promote female and diverse attorneys to the highest positions of management and ownership at the firm.

Key elements of the program include: focused and deliberate recruitment and hiring of female and diverse attorneys by actively seeking out such candidates through public organizations such as bar associations and professional affinity groups; the creation of one-on-one mentoring programs targeted specifically at assisting female and diverse attorneys in order to ensure their continued retention and advancement; developing business, marketing proposals and pitches that are materially inclusive of female and diverse attorneys in key roles to the greatest extent possible; regularly reviewing the firm's leadership opportunities, key committee membership roles, and partner candidate pools to ensure the inclusion of qualified female and diverse attorneys in such positions; and emphasizing the successful advancement of the LEAD Program’s objectives as one of the criterion to be considered when determining year-end compensation.

This initiative, which works in tandem with the ongoing programs undertaken by the firm’s Diversity Committee, Women’s Initiative, and Affinity Groups, has been specifically tailored to achieve Gordon & Rees’ core objectives in the areas of diversity and inclusion.  

“While the country continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic time and employers faced unprecedented challenges, I am so proud of our firm’s continued commitment to its diversity initiatives, and the tactical elements we have implemented to achieve our goals,” said Laura De Santos co-chair of the firm's National Diversity Committee.

"Our focus on diversity creates an innovative workplace that fosters discourse and collaboration," said Franz Hardy, co-chair of the firm's National Diversity Committee. "Diversity and inclusion are embedded in our culture, where we value every individual's unique contribution. Those perspectives and insights, in turn, benefit our clients as we advise and guide them on their legal needs."

To learn more about diversity at Gordon & Rees, please click here.

Laura E. De Santos
Franz Hardy