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Vault releases its 2015 ranking of best law firms for diversity

In the 2015 rankings, a different law firm ends Carton Field’s five-year reign at number one

In July, the 2015 list for the top 25 best law firms for diversity was released by career intelligence website

Vault ranks over 17,000 law firm associates based on the results of its annual survey in its five different categories of diversity initiative: diversity for women, diversity for minorities, LGBT diversity, diversity for individuals with disabilities and diversity for military veterans.  Once a formula is used to average the scores in each of the categories, Vault determines the “Best Law Firms for Overall Diversity.”

This year, Ropes & Gray topped the list for the best law firm for diversity ending Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s five-year reign as number one. Ropes & Gray has “tons of affinity groups and an inclusive environment where diverse employees can meet and support one another,” according to its associates. Littler Mendelson took the runner-up spot by a narrow margin of .06 points but led as number one for the sub-category of Diversity for Minorities. Associates of Littler Mendelson pride themselves on the firm’s devotion to diversity and “places an emphasis on it.” In fact, a candidate of Littler says, “I came here mostly due to the diversity commitment.”

The top 10 firms for overall diversity are:

  1. Ropes & Gray
  2. Littler Mendelson
  3. Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
  4. Paul Hastings
  5. Schiff Hardin
  6. Debevoise & Plimpton
  7. Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  8. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  9. Alston & Bird
  10. Baker Donelson

See the complete list of rankings here.


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There are also new winners for each of the individual diversity categories. Schiff Hardin won Diversity for Women. Littler Mendelson took Diversity for Minorities. Foley Hoag claimed the top spot of LGBT Diversity while Ropes & Gray claimed Diversity for Individual with Disabilities. And Diversity for Military Veterans went to Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Nicole Weber, law editor at, believes “A firm’s commitment to diversity directly impacts employee satisfaction, but also the bottom line. Maintaining a diverse workforce is essential to meeting the changing and wide-ranging needs of clients, and clients recognize this fact—they want to work with diverse teams of attorneys who will bring a variety of ideas to the table.”

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