White & Case Ranked First Again in Diversity Among Large US Law Firms
White & Case was ranked first in The American Lawyer's "Diversity Scorecard 2015," a survey of 220 of the United States' largest and highest-grossing law firms according to their percentage of minority lawyers and partners as of Dec. 31, 2014. This is the second year in a row that the Firm earned the top ranking: White & Case had placed first in "Diversity Scorecard 2014."
Minority lawyers represented 28.2 percent of all US attorneys at White & Case, up from 27.5 percent in 2013 and significantly higher than the 14.4 percent figure for all firms participating in the survey. White & Case also had the survey's highest share of minority partners in the United States. Minorities made up 24.1 percent of White & Case's US partners, up from 21.8 percent in 2013 and far higher than the 7.7 percent figure for all firms participating in the survey.
"White & Case's increasing diversity is the result of deliberate, ongoing efforts," says Raoul Cantero, chair of the Firm's diversity committee. "Our chairman, Hugh Verrier, has made it explicit that diversity is a priority for the Firm." Retention of minority associates is a key focus of the Firm, he adds. "If you are able to retain your minority lawyers for a sufficient period, naturally you will have some of those promoted to partnership," notes Cantero. "As minorities see other minorities achieve leadership at the Firm, they understand that is something they can achieve."
The Firm's global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Maja Hazell, adds, "As a truly global law firm, we are driven to recruit, retain and advance people of diverse backgrounds who will strengthen our business and our work across practices and regions." She notes, "With men and women of 93 nationalities, who speak 79 languages, our diversity is essential to our identity and a source of strength for us in attracting and retaining top talent."
The American Lawyer's "Diversity Scorecard of 2015" measures the average number of full-time-equivalent Asian or Asian-American, black of African-American, Latino or Hispanic and self-described multiracial lawyers at AmLaw 200 and National Law Journal 250 law firms employing 154 lawyers or more in 2014. Each firm's rank is based on the percentage of minority lawyers in its US offices added to the share of US-based minority partners. The larger the number, the higher the firm's ranking. This year 220 firms reported their diversity numbers to The American Lawyer.