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-one percent of our lawyers are minorities, far above the national average of 15.6 percent.
  • In the past five years, roughly 40 percent of lawyers promoted to partner were minorities and nearly 50 percent have been women.
  • The American Lawyer ranks us eighth in diversity among U.S. law firms.
  • Perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index.

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 State Bar of California awarded Munger Tolles its 2014 Diversity Award in recognition of the firm’s outstanding efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession. 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: 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.”