(January 7, 2022) – Steptoe's Commercial Litigation Practice Group has been named a 2021 Inclusion Blueprint Champion by Diversity Lab in recognition of the group’s proactive efforts to track and adopt meaningful inclusion practices—practices that are proven to contribute to greater law firm diversity.
Of the 62 law firms that participated in the 2021 Inclusion Blueprint, 20 firms, including Steptoe, met or exceeded the challenging eligibility criteria for the Inclusion Blueprint Champion Awards at the practice group level.
To be recognized, the Champions had to achieve an index score of at least 70 out of 100 across four key indicators: (1) current diversity representation based on average or above-average thresholds, (2) year-over-year diversity representation progress, (3) diversity representation tracking, and (4) meaningful inclusion practices and activities. They also had to commit to implementing at least one "Do Something Hard" action in 2022.
Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law through data and behavioral science, created The Inclusion Blueprint in collaboration with ChIPs – a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy.
To learn more, review the 2021 Inclusion Blueprint Report here.
In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.
The diversity of the firm is a critical factor in its success. The majority of Steptoe's nine offices are managed by women; the majority of Steptoe’s practice groups have women as leaders; the firm’s fourteen-person elected compensation committee includes six women; and the firm's nine-person elected executive committee includes three women. The firm's eight-person professional business services leadership is equally diverse, with half the c-suite made up of women, including three women of color, and other leaders who openly identify as LGBTQ+.