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Directory Year: 2023

Robins Kaplan LLP - Boston, Massachusetts

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix
Diversity Chair First Name Elizabeth Burnett and
Diversity Chair Last Name Jason Fair

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix
Diversity Contact First Name
Diversity Contact Last Name
Link to your organization's diversity website

Recruitment methods

Which of the following methods do you use to increase the presence and retention of under-represented groups? (Check all that apply) Diversity job fairs
Outreach to law student groups
Formal mentoring efforts
Bar-sponsored programs
Firm diversity committee

Robins Kaplan is committed to attracting, retaining, and advancing top diverse talent who will help drive innovation and success. Diverse teams are more creative, nimble, and generate stronger results. Through our efforts, we are leveraging the power of our collective diversity. By doing so, we redefine and expand the possibilities of success for our clients and ourselves.

Our Diversity Committee includes members from the firm's highest leadership levels. The Committee achieves its diversity, equity and inclusion goals in collaboration with the following subcommittees:, the Attorneys of Color Group, the Black Firm Members Group, the LGBTQ+ Group and the Women of Robins Kaplan Group.

Additionally, Robins Kaplan is committed to eradicating racial inequities and ensuring that our organization more closely mirrors our values of inclusion, equity and diversity. Firm leadership met with  members from historically underrepresented groups to increase understanding of the organizational challenges they face, we designed what we believe are meaningful solutions.

The firm developed a set of objectives and action steps that underscore our commitment to greater equity. The firm shared the goals publicly in an effort to promote greater transparency and accountability, and are available on our website.

Recognition for our diversity and inclusion efforts include:

  • Named a Best Law Firm for LGBTQ+ Individuals by Vault in 2020.
  • Received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equity Index 2009 -2022.
  • Recipient of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division’s Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award in 2019.
  • Recipient of the Minnesota Lawyer’s Diversity & Inclusion Award in 2018.
  • Recipient of LCLD Top Performer 2020.
  • Recipient of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Compass Award in 2018.
  • Named Diversity Leader by Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus.
  • Diversity and Flexibility Alliance Leader 2021.
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Platinum Partner 2022.


Non-discrimination policy

It is the policy of Robins Kaplan LLP to provide equal employment opportunities for all without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. It is also our policy to work with individuals with disabilities when reasonable accommodations may be needed sufficient to allow a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of their job. It is our policy to be a workplace free from illegal discrimination and harassment.

Diversity fellowships or scholarships

Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship? Yes
If yes, is the program open to 1L
Please provide a brief description of the program

We offer 1L Diversity Summer Associate positions for first-year law students. Furthermore, in Minneapolis, we participate in the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Clerkship program and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Scholars program.

Affinity group information

Does your organization or office have affinity groups? Yes
If yes, please describe your affinity groups below

We have an Attorneys of Color Group, Black Firm Members Group, LGBTQ+ Group, and Women of Robins Kaplan (WoRK) group, which hold periodic meetings to connect firm members to one another, achieve designated DEI goals, and serve as resources to potential candidates.

Our affinity group members also organize a number of annual events including: 

An annual Attorneys of Color Conference to discuss common concerns and ideas, share individual experiences, obtain tools and skills to enhance professional development, perform outreach and service to communities of color, develop mentoring relationships, interact with firm leaders, and participate in teambuilding activities. The conferences provide opportunities for attorneys to collaborate with clients and focus on business development skills, and play a large role in discovering, discussing, and finding solutions to issues related to retention and advancement of attorneys of color at the firm.

An Annual Women’s event focused on professional development and leadership, as well as informal quarterly events. Recent topics include women's leadership, client development, finding mentors and promoters, work-life balance, networking, writing self-evaluations, financial well-being, and issues facing women of color in the workplace.

Annual Pride Month programs to celebrate and raise awareness of the issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals. This typically features social events in all our offices, a firm-wide CLE, and fundraisers to support non-profit organizations that align with the Pride CLE topics.