A Firm of Inclusion
Fried Frank’s Diversity & Inclusion team works closely with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to ensure that Fried Frank is a place of inclusion and belonging, where attorneys and business services professionals have equal access to opportunities and can thrive and reach their full potential.
The comprehensive, multiyear diversity and inclusion strategy focuses on: 1) partner engagement and accountability; 2) inclusion skills; 3) embedding diversity and inclusion into policies, processes and everyday behaviors; and 4) elevating Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as catalyst groups at the Firm.
To this end, Fried Frank has robust policies in place for inclusive hiring, alternative work arrangements, adoption, parental leave and gender transition. Most recently, the Firm has implemented implicit bias training and associate success programs.
The Firm has four Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for women, people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ+ community and working parents. The Firm’s ERGs meet regularly to create community among their members, develop mentorship opportunities, offer professional development through workshops, generate awareness on important topics through discussions and events and affect change inside and outside the Firm. The ERG leaders engage regularly with the Firm’s leadership to foster a place of inclusion for all.
Women’s Forum ERG: The primary mission of the Women's Forum is to foster and develop the talents and abilities of women across the Firm and ensure that those talents are best utilized to maintain Fried Frank's excellence in service to our clients and our communities. The Women’s Forum has hosted article discussions and presentations with outside experts, including on negotiation topics.
Attorneys of Color/BAME ERG: Our Attorneys of Color or BAME ERG provides a forum to recognize the valuable contributions of, and address any distinct challenges faced by, attorneys from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. It also serves as a resource to enrich the professional experiences of people of color at Fried Frank, and advocates for the recognition and inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives throughout the Firm. In addition, the Attorneys of Color ERG regularly hosts professional development workshops for its members.
Pride Alliance ERG: Fried Frank's LGBTQ+ ERG, Pride Alliance, seeks to build upon the Firm's longstanding commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and to increasing understanding of, and involvement in, the unique issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. Many Pride Alliance members participate in pro bono opportunities sponsored by the Firm, including impact litigation relating to LGBTQ+ and political asylum, voting rights, women’s access to healthcare and transgender rights. In addition, Pride Alliance hosts the annual Michael Diehl Civil Rights Forum, where outside speakers are invited to a panel to discuss current topics related to LGBTQ+ and civil rights issues.
Working Parents ERG: The Firm's Working Parents Resource Group is a resource for parents, serving as a place for support. The group also offers professional development and targeted skills development with outside trainers and speakers. The Working Parents ERG fosters an ongoing dialogue around important issues relevant to group members, and enriches the professional and personal lives of individuals at Fried Frank.
Fried Frank also participates in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) career program, which places diverse students in law firms for summer internships prior to the students’ first year of law school. The program brings in recent law graduates as fellows under the Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship, in which the Firm partners with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
We are proud of the public recognition of our inclusive culture. The Firm achieved a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for 12 consecutive years, a reflection of the Firm’s policies and practices protecting LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, its diversity training, and its healthcare and domestic partnership benefits. In 2018, Fried Frank received the Flex Impact Award from the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance for our reduced hours/full compensation return to work after parental leave provisions, and in 2019, the Firm was awarded the Diversity Champion Award by the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA).
Our diversity efforts extend beyond the Firm, as we regularly collaborate, host and sponsor programs and events with minority law student groups, bar associations and other minority organizations at the national level in the US and locally in New York, Washington, D.C. and London. At Fried Frank, we believe that it is our responsibility to foster the development of women and diverse attorneys.
Diversity and inclusion is a standard principle at Fried Frank, and we work tirelessly to ensure that all attorneys and professionals at the Firm can thrive and have a successful career.
Please reach out to the Diversity & Inclusion department at email@example.com with any questions concerning diversity at the Firm.
Fried Frank has long held a commitment to pro bono work, tied to the Firm’s rich history of inclusivity in the legal profession and work on significant civil rights matters and moments. Staying true to this tradition, Fried Frank is among 125 law firms who have jointly founded the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). The LFAA was established with the goal of addressing racial inequalities and social injustices by using the law as a vehicle for change to benefit communities of color and by promoting racial equity in the law. This includes dedicating substantial pro bono resources to initiatives that address systemic racism, and continually working to amplify the voices of individuals oppressed by racism.
To start, LFAA has partnered with the Racial Justice Institute and Racial Justice Network at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. Sargent Shriver, one of Fried Frank's name partners, founded the center more than 50 years ago with the goal of providing access to legal services to support economic and racial justice and opportunity for low-income communities. Our attorneys work with a variety of pro bono organizations, including the Shriver Center, to aid immigrants, veterans, micro-entrepreneurs, victims of domestic violence, artists seeking representation on intellectual property matters, indigent individuals accused of crimes, and charter schools.
Fried Frank is widely acknowledged by both the legal and nonprofit communities for its pro bono efforts. Some recent accomplishments:
In addition, for over two decades, Fried Frank has served as a mentor firm to the School Without Walls public magnet high school, located on the campus of George Washington University. Through this mentorship, the Firm has participated in preparing the students for the annual Street Law Mock Trial Tournament, which they won six times between 2002 and 2017 and where they have been finalists on four other occasions.