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Directory Year: 2023

Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C. - Washington, District Of Columbia

Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix Mr.
Diversity Chair First Name Martin
Diversity Chair Last Name Zoltick

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix Ms.
Diversity Contact First Name Sharon
Diversity Contact Last Name Davis
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)

As a firm focused on intellectual property, litigation, and technology, innovation is Rothwell Figg’s specialty. And innovative thinking is powered by diverse viewpoints and experiences. Within our walls, we emphasize creating a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming professional environment, a safe workplace, and a platform for success for everyone. We are committed to recruiting, training, retaining, and promoting a diverse workforce, and providing equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or genetic information.

At Rothwell Figg, we’re dedicated to fostering diversity in our firm, in the field of law, with our clients, and in the community.

We recruit at law schools with diverse student populations in an effort to connect with attorneys with diversified backgrounds. On a day-to-day level, because of our firm’s relatively small size, associates, particularly those from a diverse background, enjoy an unusually high level of contact, collaboration, and mentorship opportunities with senior attorneys. This is how professional success and advancement are fostered in legal careers, and we are committed to supporting it. Additionally, Rothwell Figg is proud to be a Foundation Partner of The Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law (FADIPL). FADIPL supports members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in their pursuit of careers in intellectual property law.

We pay special attention to supporting women in intellectual property and technology law. Launched in 2016, the Women of Rothwell Figg group is dedicated to promoting the professional development, health, and well-being of female legal professionals, as well as promoting diversity, inclusion, and social awareness both within the professional setting and outside of it. The group meets monthly and regularly has professional women from outside the firm speak on topics such as the importance of digital personas, how we can make an impact on diversity in the IP and technology fields, and defining success for ourselves. The Women of Rothwell organize and encourage firmwide participation in activities such as the #FITDC HerStory 5K to celebrate Women’s History Month.

The firm also participates in conferences like Women Influence and Power in Law (WIPL) that work to promote women and minority attorneys. We have hosted and sponsored panels on diversity in which in-house attorneys discuss their efforts to promote women and minority attorneys at their companies, and work to ensure that outside counsel staff their cases with diverse teams and gives all team members an active role. We recognize that partnering with our clients to foster diversity is an effective strategy, and support it.

Non-discrimination policy

Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C. is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and recognition of individuals on the basis of their ability and job related qualifications and without discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientations, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, genetic information or any other classification proscribed under applicable federal, state or local law.

Diversity fellowships or scholarships

Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship? No
If yes, is the program open to
Please provide a brief description of the program

Affinity group information

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

Women of Rothwell