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. As a result, diversity and inclusion have always been – and continue to be – a cornerstone of our firm. The firm was founded in 1962 by a group of attorneys that included a woman. Since then, our managing partners have included two women, an LGBTQ man and an African-American man. We remain a leader in diversity hiring, retention and promotion, and we consistently beat national averages in the number of women and diverse lawyers in our associate and partner ranks. We also work hard to foster an inclusive environment where all of our lawyers can thrive and contribute fully and authentically to all aspects of firm life.


  • In 2016, 21 percent of our lawyers were minorities, far above the national average of 15.6 percent.
  • In the past five years, roughly 50 percent of lawyers promoted to partner were women and nearly 40 percent were minorities.
  • We have had a female managing partner since 2009.
  • Women and diverse attorneys are active in all areas of firm governance, including serving on and/or chairing important committees such as the policy, partner compensation and associate review committees.


  • The American Lawyer ranks us eighth in diversity among U.S. law firms.
  • We are ranked number one on The American Lawyer’s 2017 A-List, in part for our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys, and fifteenth in the nation for percentage of female equity partners.
  • Law360 ranks us fifth among firms with 150-299 attorneys, for our high percentage of minority equity partners.
  • Yale Law Women recognized us among the 2017 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms, with special honors for having the highest percentage of attorneys promoted to partner who worked part-time or flexible full-time schedules.
  • We received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index.


Diversity Committee: Our Diversity Committee is chaired by Mark B. Helm, a former managing partner of the firm, Anjan Choudhury, George C. Fatheree and Karen A. Lorang. This committee is comprised of attorneys at all levels of seniority and from all three of our offices. It is responsible for leading all diversity and inclusion initiatives at the firm.

Affinity Groups: Our four affinity groups – for women, minorities, LGBTQ attorneys and parents – meet regularly to build community, develop programming and provide support, advice and mentorship. Members includes partners, counsel and associates, as well as people who identify with the groups and allies.

Work/Life Integration: Munger Tolles has instituted a wide range of measures designed to ease the challenges all attorneys face integrating work and personal commitments. These include: Hope Street Friends, the first law-firm sponsored child care center on the West Coast; subsidized back-up care; a reduced-hours partner track; generous parental leave policies (18 weeks of parental leave within the first year following the birth or adoption of a child, and an additional 6-8 weeks for pregnancy disability); on-ramp/off-ramp mentoring; Milk Stork shipping for nursing mothers who travel for work; and flexible work arrangements.

MTO Fellows ProgramAn innovative outreach program offered to 25-40 diverse, prospective law students each year. The Fellows Program includes a firm-sponsored, customized LSAT course, as well as monthly workshops providing guidance on the law school application process and tools to succeed in law school and beyond.

Pipeline Programs: Munger Tolles has been a longtime supporter of pipeline programs designed to increase diversity, such as UCLA Law Fellows and For People of Color, Inc., which help minority students attend law school, and Urban Debate Leagues, which help improve educational outcomes in secondary schools.