Hogan Lovells has been and remains fully committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and to providing professional opportunities that enable our legal and non-legal personnel to achieve their full potential.
As a global legal practice, we are reminded daily of the diversity of our client base and recognize the importance of diversity in attracting, retaining, and servicing our clients. We appreciate the opportunity to share our diversity strategies and initiatives with clients that also embrace these values. We believe that a culture of inclusion, which respects and values the diversity of all our people, significantly enhances our ability to provide excellent legal services to our clients. Our success as a global legal practice depends on our ability to attract and retain the brightest talent and to foster a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences can reach their full potential, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy to enhance diversity and to ensure an inclusive atmosphere, which utilizes both top-down and bottom-up approaches. We have a Global Diversity Committee, a U.S. diversity leadership team, and nine regional diversity committees throughout the world (for our offices in the greater Washington, D.C. area, New York, Los Angeles, Northern California, Colorado/Houston, Miami, London, Continental Europe, and Asia/Middle East). The Global Diversity Committee oversees our diversity initiatives in the countries in which we work and is a resource to clients in fulfilling their own diversity objectives. The U.S. diversity leadership team (comprised of the chairs/co-chairs of the six regional diversity committees, the Chief Diversity Officer, and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as select diverse partners) is also focused on creating a diversity training and professional development program.
With our global reach, we continue to implement and refine our comprehensive strategy to enhance diversity and to ensure that our initiatives are not only responsive to the varied needs of the diverse communities that we live and work in, but also create an inclusive atmosphere for our lawyers and staff members. Below are several highlights of such initiatives.
Hogan Lovells is proud of its long history of advancing women within our ranks and placing women in leadership roles. We designed formal women’s initiatives (both international and regional) to continue our commitment to the advancement and retention of women in all our offices and practices. Our specific goals include providing access to female role models and fostering strong informal mentoring relationships. Internal networking and other social events, both large and small, enable our female lawyers to make connections with other women within Hogan Lovells, including senior partners and senior management, and to use that informal network as a source of inspiration and support.
Affinity groups and employee networks
Among other elements of our multifaceted approach, we have instituted activities through which racial and ethnic minorities and lawyers who are LGBT, along with other groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, come together to network and foster professional development relationships. These groups and networks produce substantive programming for their respective offices and regions. In addition, a greater number of diversity and inclusion events are being offered to staff members. U.S. lawyers are also active in bar and other professional associations that support the professional development of our minority lawyers. For example, one of our partners is president of the State of Florida Hispanic National Bar Association, and many of our lawyers have been active in the Washington, D.C. Women’s Bar Association Initiative on the Advancement and Retention of Women of Color. In addition, Hogan Lovells is a national sponsor of Lambda Legal.
Mentoring and professional development
We value mentoring at all levels, whether it occurs formally or informally, by working together or via social interactions or networking events. To support the professional development of our lawyers, we supplement day-to-day informal training with the extensive formal training of Hogan Lovells Academy, which covers topics such as legal skills, substantive law, ethics, practice management, and business development. Our offices also host minority associate roundtables with in-house counsel at company clients and community leaders to afford associates networking and educational opportunities that they would customarily not have access to on a day-to-day basis.
Diversity awareness and other programming
Raising awareness of the value of diversity and engaging and educating all of our personnel on the firm’s vision of inclusiveness is a critical part of our agenda. Responding to the challenge of providing additional opportunities for our minority lawyers to network together in a systematic way, Hogan Lovells hosts workshops and programs such as a multi-day conference in the United States for our ethnically diverse and LGBT lawyers that features, among other things, client panels, professional and business development workshops, and networking opportunities.
Responding to the challenge of providing additional opportunities for our diverse lawyers to network together in a systematic way, our firm hosts workshops and retreats, such as the multi-day retreat in theUnited States for ethnically diverse and LGBT lawyers from the firm which featured, among other things, client panels and networking opportunities.
Engaging with clients on diversity and inclusion
We engage with our clients on diversity initiatives that enhance diversity and inclusion within our respective ranks and in the wider legal profession. One of these initiatives is through our membership in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), an organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. The LCLD and its members are committed to continuing the Call to Action initiative to advance diversity within the legal profession. We participate in LCLD’s 1L Scholars Program and its Fellows Program. In addition, we host and participate in client conferences on diversity-related topics and work with clients on initiatives to widen access to legal education through partnerships with law schools throughout our regions.
Widening access or pipeline initiatives
Working with clients, local bar associations, and other organizations, we work to promote careers in the legal profession to ethnically diverse, socially excluded, and other underrepresented students to ensure that our communities retain and improve their diversity. These activities target K-12 students, college students, and law students in the cities in which we have offices around the world.
Awards and rankings
- We have received a top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index Report seven years in a row (2010-2016), an accomplishment achieved by few global legal practices.
- In 2015, T-Mobile honored the firm with its "T-Mobile Legal Department Diversity Excellence Award" based on the firm's level of associate and equity partner diversity, and the quality and breadth of diversity programs and policies implemented by the firm.
- For the fifth consecutive year, Hogan Lovells was named to the highly regarded Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers "50 Best Law Firms for Women" list for our family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that are retaining women and advancing them into the leadership pipeline.
- Hogan Lovells was selected for three consecutive years for inclusion in Yale Law Women's "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms" list for our leadership in developing and implementing family-friendly practices and policies.
- We've been recognized for four straight years by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum with its Gold Standard Certification, which is awarded to firms that are making significant progress in integrating women into leadership positions.
- Hogan Lovells was honored with the Dell Legal Diversity Award, which the company presents annually to a legal practice that represents Dell in the United States and best exemplifies its commitment to diversity.
- We were awarded Best Mentoring Programme award at the Chambers UK Women in Law Awards 2013.