Paul Hastings Again Achieves Mansfield Rule Certification Plus

October 18, 2022

For the third consecutive year, Paul Hastings LLP earned Mansfield Rule Certification Plus status for achievement in diversity, which includes reaching diverse lawyer representation of at least 30% in firm leadership roles. This year’s recognition is for Mansfield Rule 5.0.

“Diversity is an essential part of the Paul Hastings culture,” said firm Chair Frank Lopez. “Our Mansfield Rule Certification Plus recognition for the third year in a row reflects the success of our commitment to a diverse and collaborative community that enriches each of us while also enabling us to better serve our clients.” 

“We are creating an environment that fosters inclusion and engagement, which we hope will expand across the entire profession,” added Managing Partner Sherrese Smith.

The Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule certification program is designed to increase diversity and inclusion in the field of law. Each year, qualifying law firms must meet increasingly stringent standards that promote diversity to achieve certification. Firms must demonstrate affirmative consideration of at least 30% women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities for a variety of leadership roles, including equity partnership, senior recruitment and client management positions. To receive “Plus” status, firms must achieve 30% representation in these roles.

Paul Hastings significantly exceeds Mansfield Certification Plus requirements across many of the criteria considered, with all senior leadership and other core management positions—including practice chairs, office chairs, compensation committee and policy committee—comprising a majority of diverse partners.

This is the latest affirmation of the firm’s success in cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture, both internally and throughout the communities the firm and its clients serve. Other recent accolades include:

  • Ranked by Law360 as a top firm for diverse equity partnerships
  • Highly ranked by Vault in multiple categories: Best Law Firm to Work For; Overall Diversity; Diversity for LGBTQ+ Individuals; Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities; Satisfaction; and Quality of Work
  • Named a “Best Place to Work: for LGBTQ Equality”, having received a perfect score for 14 consecutive years from the Human Rights Campaign
  • Included among The American Lawyer’s A-List, which recognizes leading law firms for their commitment to a variety of financial and cultural marks, including diversity and pro bono

Click here to view the Diversity Lab's full press release announcing this year's Mansfield Certified firms. For more information on the firm’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.paulhastings.com/diversity-and-inclusion-insights.

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Paul Hastings fosters an environment of engagement, inclusion and belonging that is reinforced by ongoing efforts to attract, recruit, develop and promote diverse talent. The firm collaborates on industry programming to drive change and creates a dialogue around inclusion and diversity with clients, business partners and communities.



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