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 diversity&inclusion@friedfrank.com with any questions concerning diversity at the Firm.

Giving Back

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:

  • Fried Frank was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the DC Bar as part of its 2020 Annual Awards. In its press release, the DC Bar highlighted the Firm's continued long-term commitment to improving the lives of those in the Washington, DC community, as well as its innovative collaboration with the legal services nonprofit Tzedek DC in defending against consumer and tax debt collection actions. The DC Bar's release also recognized the Firm's expanded participation in the DC Bar Pro Bono Center's Nonprofit and Small Business Legal Assistance Programs, and its continued support of the Center's Advice & Referral Clinic and Landlord Tenant Resource Center. ​
  • For one of its largest pro bono undertakings to date, the Firm received the Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year recognition at The American Lawyer 2019 Industry Awards. The Firm was honored for its work advising foreign national US Army reservists in obtaining citizenship under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program – more than 1,000 soldiers have now become US citizens through the Firm’s efforts.
  • Fried Frank obtained a significant victory in the US Supreme Court on behalf of its pro bono clients, Common Cause Rhode Island, the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, and three individual Rhode Island voters in Republican National Committee v. Common Cause Rhode Island, to suspend the state's witness requirement for mail-in ballots in advance of the 2020 presidential election. Fried Frank's lawsuit alleged that the state's enforcement of the witness requirement during the pandemic is an unconstitutional burden on Rhode Island citizens' right to vote.
  • Fried Frank has a long-standing commitment to representing immigrants and doing important policy work in the immigration space through our partnerships with Her Justice, The Legal Aid Society, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Human Rights First, the CAIR Coalition, and the American Bar Association, among others. Our attorneys work closely with asylum-seekers and other immigrants in the US. For the past two summers, teams of attorneys and summer associates have traveled to the Texas border to represent immigrants being held at ICE detention centers. Fried Frank attorneys helped detainees prepare for credible fear interviews and filed requests for reconsideration of the denial of asylum. Both the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council recognized the Firm for its pro bono work at these detention centers.
  • A Fried Frank team was selected to receive Her Justice’s Legal Team Award at the 2020 Commitment to Justice Awards. The team was recognized for their work on behalf of an undocumented, married mother for whom they successfully secured an order of protection as they helped her becomeeligible for immigration relief.
  • The Legal Aid Society honored Fried Frank with a 2019 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to the organization and its clients.
  • Fried Frank was among a number of firms honored at the 16th Annual 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast. The annual event celebrates the pro bono commitment of law firms where at least 40 percent of the attorneys dedicated 50 or more hours toward providing free legal representation to low-income individuals or charitable organizations during the previous year.

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.