Diversity & Inclusion

At Munger, Tolles & Olson, a diverse workforce improves our ability to serve the needs of our clients and creates a more dynamic workplace for our attorneys. We have a long tradition of supporting diversity and are proud of our leadership in this area. But we know that achieving diversity can only be accomplished through consistent and sustained effort. We are committed to that effort and are determined to make further progress on diversity issues both within our firm and in the legal profession.

Consider today’s facts:

  • Twenty-two percent of our lawyers are minorities, far above the national average of 13.6 percent.
  • More than half of our lawyers promoted to partner in the past five years are women or minorities. Our two most recent partnership classes were 80 percent women.
  • The State Bar of California awarded the firm its 2014 Diversity Award for a law firm.
  • The American Lawyer ranks us fifth in diversity among U.S. law firms.
  • Yale Law Women ranked us among the nation’s top 10 family-friendly firms in 2014 and 2015.
  • Four percent of law firms are led by women. Ours is one of them.

As part of our tradition of supporting diversity, one of the firm’s founding partners, in 1962, was a woman. Since that time, our managing partners have included women, minority and gay attorneys. We sponsor and participate in community diversity initiatives, such as “pipeline” programs designed to increase diversity in law schools. And our attorneys have been honored for their legal work on issues related to diversity by the ACLU, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Centro Legal de la Raza, the National Immigration Law Center and the Disability Rights Legal Center.

Internally, we have adopted a formal diversity strategic plan, which sets forth specific goals, action items and timetables to support various firm initiatives related to the recruitment, retention and promotion, professional development and mentoring of diverse attorneys.

Munger Tolles has been publicly recognized for its commitment to diversity, as well as for the accomplishments of its women and minority attorneys. Our firm has been consistently ranked on The American Lawyer’s A-List since its inception in 2004, in part, for the firm’s success in recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys. The Minority Corporate Counsel Association presented Munger Tolles with the 2010 Thomas L. Sager Award for the Western Region, its highest diversity honor given to law firms.

In addition to the above-mentioned accolades, the firm has received recognition from several other media outlets, including: Vault’s “Top 100 Law Firms in the U.S.,” Yale Law Women’s 10 Family Friendly Firms, Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women” and Minority Law Journal’s “Top 10 for Law Firm Diversity.”