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Leaders in Diversity

Lawyers of diverse backgrounds have succeeded and prospered at Covington for decades. We were leaders among larger law firms in electing our first woman partner (in 1974), first African American partner (1975), first Hispanic partner (1985), first openly gay partner (1989), and first Asian American partner (1995). We have continued this tradition through the years, recruiting and promoting lawyers of all backgrounds. We are committed to cultivating a diverse partnership from within our own ranks.

Our firm governance also reflects our commitment to diversity. Women and minority partners have served on our Management Committee, which is elected by the full partnership and is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the firm. In addition, our women, minority, and openly LGBT lawyers:

  • Play senior leadership roles in 25 individual practice and industry groups within the firm.
  • Play senior roles on firm committees, including our Associate Advisory, Diversity, Evaluation, Hiring, and Legal Personnel, and Management Committees. 

While we are proud of the steps we already have taken, we understand that the job of promoting diversity is never complete. We strive not just to keep pace with our peers, but rather to lead by example and continue raising the bar for our entire profession. As such, we are constantly examining our progress, improving our efforts, and searching for new and challenging ways to create a more diverse work environment.

Recent Firm Accolades

  • The Diversity Lab "Mansfield Rule Certification Plus" (2018-2021)—This certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. To achieve the “Plus” certification firms also had to reach at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities representation in current leadership roles and committees.
  • Law360 Diversity Snapshot: Diverse Equity Partnerships (2021) - This ranking includes the top 40 firms outpacing their peers in increasing minority representation in their top ranks. This year, Covington ranked fourth with 14.9% of its partnership representing lawyers of color.
  • Law360 Diversity Snapshot: Women Equity Partners (2021) - This ranking includes the top 10 firms in each law firm size category that are setting the pace and working to close the gender gap at the top for women equity partners. This year, Covington ranked sixth with 28.6% of its partnership representing women.
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum—Gold Standard Certification Award (2011-2014, 2019, 2021)—Covington was ranked as one of the best law firms for integrating women into the equity partnership and top firm leadership positions.
  • The American Lawyer (2008-2012; 2014; 2016-2020)—The A-List—Ranked in this listing of 20 elite U.S. law firms based on financial performance, pro bono activity, associate satisfaction, and diversity.  
  • The Human Rights Campaign Foundation "Corporate Equality Index Survey" (2009-2020)—Ranked 100% on this survey that provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
  • The John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles "Law Firm Diversity of the Year" (2019)—The firm received the award for its continued commitment to diversity.
  • Law360 (2018)—Ranked sixth among “The Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys” and ranked seventh among “The Best Law Firms for Minority Partners” for firms with more than 600 lawyers.
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group—“Americas Women in Business Law Awards” (2015)—The awards honor firms that set the standard for female-friendly work practices.  We have been recognized in the following categories: “Best Firm in the U.S. West Region" (2012-2015), Best International Law Firm Latin America Practice (2014-2015), and Best Firm in the U.S. Northeast Region.
  • Law360 (2015)—Ranked Covington eighth on its list of “Top 25 Best Law Firms For Black Attorneys."

Recent Individual Accolades

Recent Firm Diversity Statistics