Wilson Sonsini incorporates DEI considerations into all talent management practices, including recruiting, hiring, reviews, partner promotions, and retention. Our approach has helped foster a culture in which DEI thrives—a quality that is substantiated by the firm’s top rankings and recognition in key DEI benchmarks. For example:
- Wilson Sonsini ranked No. 2 among firms with more than 600 attorneys in Law360’s 2023 Diversity Snapshot. The firm ranked No. 2 for the highest representation of minorities in its partnership among large firms.
- In 2023, for the fifth consecutive year, Wilson Sonsini achieved Mansfield Plus Certification, amplifying the firm’s commitment to DEI by calling for law firms to track and measure that they have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and participation in client pitch meetings.
- In 2023, for the fourth consecutive year, the firm achieved a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices, and benefits pertinent to LGBTQ+ employees, and was designated as a 2023 “Equality 100 Award: Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion” recipient.
In October 2023, Wilson Sonsini held its Diversity Summit, which featured two days of workshops, panel discussions, and more, focused on building connections, leadership, and career development for racially and ethnically diverse attorneys, LGBTQ+ attorneys, and attorneys living with disabilities. The summit brought together individuals from across the firm’s offices and provided numerous opportunities for colleagues to meet and network.
Additionally, in February 2023, Wilson Sonsini hosted its third annual 1L Student Diversity Summit. Fifty-two impressive first-year students from 20 law schools around the country joined us in Palo Alto for panels, talks, and fireside chats featuring our partners and associates, as well as alumni and judges. Our scholars also enjoyed social opportunities with our attorneys, clients, judges, and Recruiting, DEI, and Professional Development teams, and participated in insightful small-group conversations about practice areas and firm culture. Throughout the summit, our scholars experienced first-hand our firm’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and heard great advice on navigating law school and the legal profession from a variety of perspectives.