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Directory Year: 2023

Fenwick & West LLP - Seattle, Washington

Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix Ms.
Diversity Chair First Name Catherine
Diversity Chair Last Name Kevane

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix Ms.
Diversity Contact First Name Bomi
Diversity Contact Last Name Lee
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
Recruit at schools with large minority populations
Bar-sponsored programs
Firm diversity committee
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Diversity has been a core component of Fenwick & West since it was founded in 1972 and was included as a core value in the first mission statement drafted by firm leaders decades ago. We actively promote an open and inclusive work environment at all levels. We believe that a diverse workforce improves our client service and that an inclusive culture fosters cooperation, respect, creativity and mutual understanding. Fenwick’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion runs far deeper than our numbers, it is about building a culture of authenticity and embracing one another’s differences and values. From recruitment to development and support, our end goal is to ensure our employees can thrive as their authentic selves at Fenwick.

In 2022, Fenwick restructured its Diversity & Inclusion Committee to be comprised of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Steering Board providing firmwide strategic direction on DEI initiatives, programs and DEI Working Groups with specific action-oriented goals. Fenwick’s DEI Steering Board  is Co-Chaired by our Partners Bomi Lee and Catherine Kevane and includes our Chair, Managing Partner, Chief Talent Officer, DEI Director.

We take a holistic approach to cultivate greater diversity at Fenwick. We focus on developing a pipeline of diverse talent, investing in programs that serve growth-minded professionals, and making sure our diverse professionals have access to critical opportunities for leadership and advancement. Fenwick has made several strategic investments and implemented a number of initiatives to support and further our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Some of these include:

  • In 2022, Fenwick adopted a 50-hour DEI Billable Credit Policy?for contributions that advance the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Fenwick restructured its practice governance approach last year, significantly increasing the firm’s diversity of practice leadership to 60%. 
  • Fenwick hires and elevates only equity partners into its partnership, and in 2022, all of Fenwick’s lateral partner hires were women of color.
  • 56% of Fenwick attorneys who were elevated to the partnership from 2018 to 2022 were diverse.
  • Fenwick offers 1L Diversity Scholarships to law students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the legal sector to participate in our summer programs. In 2022, we further expanded this program and launched a brand new?2L Diversity Scholarship Program that will significantly improve our ability to attract diverse talent at the law school level.
  • Our Black Attorney Sponsorship Program offers individualized and strategic career development guidance to every Black attorney across the firm.
  • Women’s Caucus is focused on advancing the careers and opportunities for our women partners and associates. The WC highlights our strong talent internally and externally,  partnering with clients  and others to build networks  and inspire. 
  • Fenwick’s 13 Employee Resource Groups are designed to build community and address issues that disparately impact diverse individuals. The resource groups also provide opportunities for associates to take early and significant leadership positions, interacting and influencing Firm management and initiatives. 
  • Fenwick values the right of every person to be seen and addressed properly. We offer helpful resources such as use of pronoun guides and policies related to gender transition.
  • Fenwick engages in significant anti-racism work, with frequent educational presentations and programs and by partnering with organizations like the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance Network.
  • Since late 2021, the Fenwick Community Fund has donated over $750,000 to support equal justice organizations.

In addition, as part of our continuing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Fenwick achieved Mansfield Certification Plus from Diversity Lab after completing the Mansfield Rule Certification 5.0 program. Mansfield Rule Certification 5.0 Plus measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ attorneys and attorneys with disabilities—at least 30% of the candidate pool—for recruitment, governance roles, equity partner promotions and inclusion in formal pitches to clients. We are now engaging in the Mansfield 6.0 certification process.?

Through these efforts and many more, we are proud of all that we have accomplished in advancing DEI, while recognizing that there is a lot more work to be done.

Non-discrimination policy

It is the policy of Fenwick & West LLP (“Fenwick”) to maintain a professional and respectful work environment that is free of bias, prejudice and harassment, where all personnel and employment applicants are respected, and where all employees and applicants have an equal employment opportunity. Fenwick is committed to promoting equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law, including by reasonably accommodating the known disabilities or medical conditions of qualified applicants and employees.

Fenwick will not tolerate unlawful discrimination and harassment in any form, including verbal, physical and visual conduct, threats, demands and retaliation. This policy applies to all Fenwick personnel and prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment by any partner or employee of the Fenwick, including attorneys, members of management, supervisors and co-workers, and also by any person doing business with or for Fenwick.  This includes harassment and discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including sexual harassment, gender harassment, and harassment due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, military or veteran status, request for leave for employee’s own serious health condition or family care, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local laws (each a “Protected Characteristic”).


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|2L
Please provide a brief description of the program

Fenwick’s Diversity Scholarships support law students who identify with historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession with the aim of promoting diversity and providing financial support to aspiring lawyers. It is our belief that in order to create a more diverse pipeline of associates we need to start early at the law school level. Fenwick offers diversity scholarships of up to $50,000 each (paid in three installments) for first-year and second-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds.

We proudly partner with clients to provide an enriching summer experience for diverse 1L and 2L law students. The student selected to participate in our client's 1L and 2L Diversity Internship Program will participate in a 10-week paid program internship split between our client and Fenwick.

Affinity group information

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

 Fenwick & West supports 13 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for lawyers and professional staff.

  • Black Employee Network
  • Fenwick Asian Network
  • Fenwick Latin Alliance Network
  • LGBTQ Affinity Group
  • Middle Eastern Resource Group
  • Parents Affinity Group
  • Veterans Interest Group
  • Asian Attorney Group
  • Black Attorney Network
  • Fenwick Latinx Affinity Group
  • M&A Women's Group
  • New York Attorneys of Color Affinity Group
  • Women's Caucus

The ERGs are designed to build community and address issues that disparately impact diverse individuals.  The resource groups also provide opportunities for associates to take early and significant leadership positions, interacting and influencing Firm management and initiatives.