At Mayer Brown, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment that offers every member of our team the opportunity and support to succeed. First, it’s the right thing to do. Second, it enables us to serve our clients more effectively. It’s integral to our strategy to deliver the exceptional.
We share with our clients the belief that teams with diverse viewpoints and perspectives produce more innovative and robust solutions. We recruit the highest caliber people, who bring their unique and varied talents, experiences and insights, enriching our workplace and our ability to exceed expectations.
Our goal is to create and maintain a diverse, supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.
“Diversity and inclusion always have been moral imperatives at our firm, and in today’s multicultural world, they also are critical to our ability to provide clients with the level of service they deserve and demand.”
Paul Theiss, Chairman, Mayer Brown
We aim to create a work environment in which professional development and success are determined only by an individual’s ability and commitment, where we respect, celebrate and embrace our differences, and in which shared values of excellence and teamwork unite us – enabling us to better serve our clients.
Through our diversity committees, affinity networks, attorney resource groups, diversity council, retreats and programs, we provide opportunities across our firm for those who share interests, experiences and/or perspectives to participate in and support our diversity initiatives, build a sense of community and take advantage of professional development support, mentoring and networking.
We also strive to improve diversity in our firm and the legal profession by seeking innovative ways to increase the number of diverse students interested in pursuing legal careers, recruiting diverse students and experienced candidates, and ensuring that our lawyers and business services professionals have challenging work along with the guidance and support necessary to succeed.
“Mayer Brown consistently seeks innovative and effective ways to build and support a diverse and inclusive work environment. We recruit, develop and promote the highest-caliber lawyers and staff and are committed to providing them with opportunities to realize their full potential.”
Jeremiah DeBerry, Partner, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, US
Our goal is to provide a platform for the success and growth of our women lawyers and business services professionals. That could be a senior global leadership position, leadership in local practices and departments, or on client or industry teams, or in accomplishments as superb practitioners and professionals.
Recognizing that recruitment and advancement of women is essential to the growth and strength of our firm, we focus on gender diversity not just at promotions time but throughout the year through a range of training programs, networking opportunities and client events designed to support women at every career level.
In addition to our Women’s Leadership Committee, Women’s Forums in the majority of our regions guide women’s initiatives at the office level.
“Our affinity, network and resource groups help drive forward the firm’s diversity programs. They provide valuable insights and feedback, which in turn promote diversity awareness and inform our recruitment, development and wider people strategies.”
Annette Sheridan, Global Chief Human Resources Officer, London
We are committed to creating a thriving and supportive workplace for LGBT+ lawyers and business services professionals in each of our regions, ensuring that all individuals can bring their authentic selves to work.
We promote LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, provide pro bono legal services for a number of LGBT+-focused organizations as well as support for their events, strive to raise awareness of LGBT+ legal issues locally and globally, and consistently earn recognition for LGBT+ inclusiveness and equality in our firm.
“Mayer Brown is proud of our commitment to all our employees who identify as LGBT+ to support them to achieve their full potential in the workplace, to build relationships with our clients’ LGBT+ networks and to promote LGBT+ charitable activities in the wider communities in which we operate.”
Michael Hutchinson, Partner, London
Helping our people balance work and family commitments is a top priority for our firm. We offer family-friendly work policies, support transitioning to and from parental leave, relevant programming on family topics from child-raising to elder care, and affinity networking opportunities.
Mental Health and Well-being
We believe that optimum physical, social, mental and occupational health is critical to helping our team members reach their full potential. Our well-being approach encompasses a range of strategies and resources to support stress management, fitness and nutrition, time management, conflict resolution and other factors critical to overall health and wellness.
Diversity & Inclusion Year in Review
Published annually, our Diversity & Inclusion Year in Review chronicles our initiatives of the previous year and our ongoing efforts to create and maintain a diverse, supportive and inclusive environment in which every member of the Mayer Brown Team has an equal opportunity to succeed.Accolades
Mayer Brown has been recognized by organizations worldwide for our diversity and inclusion initiatives. Highlights include:
- Earning Top Performer designation from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) for exceeding expectations for LCLD participation and support of LCLD’s mission to create a more inclusive legal profession.
- For the third consecutive year, Mayer Brown (London) was named to Working Families’ list of Top 30 Employers.
- For the eighth consecutive year, scoring a perfect 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and earned the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.
- Being named the “Best Firm for Pro Bono Work” at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards, sponsored by International Financial Law Review, in recognition of our commitment to advocacy for women in pro bono activities, including advising organizations that promote the welfare of women and girls.
- We are a Stonewall Champion and participate in the UK Stonewall Index to help us develop, benchmark and improve our work around LGBT equality in the workplace. We rank in the Top 25 of participating law firms.
- Being named a Top 50 Employer in the UK Social Mobility Index
Our diversity and inclusion efforts have produced measurable results. Take a look at our progress by the numbers.
UK Gender Pay Gap Report
We are committed to the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment for men and women. Independent benchmarking and our rigorous processes around compensation structures ensure our employees are paid equally for equivalent roles. We take our responsibility to promote diversity and equal opportunities for all very seriously and closely monitor our progress toward achieving these goals.
Building for the Future
Creating a dynamic, inclusive environment that welcomes, embraces and respects differences is critical to our ability to attract talent and to encourage students to pursue a career in law.
We engage students and build bridges to opportunity and professional success through our involvement in conferences, job fairs, panel discussions and workshops at law schools, universities, colleges, and secondary schools.
Our apprentice programs, scholarship programs and partnerships with organizations such as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London and Aspiring Solicitors (UK) also play a key role in creating a supportive, diverse workplace.
Our US Diversity Scholars Program recognizes law students in our Summer Associate Program who share our commitment to improving diversity in the legal profession and who demonstrate strong academic achievement, leadership skills and an ability to overcome adversity. The program provides up to four $15,000 scholarships annually.
"These challenges only taught me to be more resilient, to learn quickly, to work hard, and to be resourceful and focused."
Meerim Asankulova, 2017 Diversity Scholar, Associate, Los Angeles
Partner, Attorney Development and Recruitment
Jeremiah A. DeBerry
Director of Diversity & Inclusion, US
Global Chief Human Resources Officer
Senior HR Manager