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Diversity and Professional Development Committee

Carrie Valiant
Carrie Valiant, Chair

Pierre Georges Bonnefil
Pierre Georges Bonnefil,
Vice Chair

Kenneth G. Standard
Kenneth G. Standard,
Chair Emeritus

At Epstein Becker Green, we realize that diversity is critical to our success, and we welcome the unique perspectives that a diverse workforce brings to the firm, our clients, and our profession. Our ability to draw on talent from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints is a key advantage. We take pride in having our professionals learn from each others' personal knowledge and believe that the personalities, life experiences, and values of our attorneys are an essential part of what sets Epstein Becker Green apart.

Our firm is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and an environment in which all attorneys and staff members can develop to their fullest potential. We foster a work culture that promotes diversity within recruiting, professional development, and ongoing communications. Thirty-six percent of the firm's attorneys and 28 percent of the firm's members are women, and minorities make up 33 percent of the entire firm, including 13 percent of firm members.

Epstein Becker Green's diversity is also reflected by the fact that women and/or minority firm members are represented at all leadership levels—on our board of directors, in our senior management, and on all board steering committees.

Epstein Becker Green is acutely aware that there is still a disproportionately small number of minority attorneys in the legal profession. In our largely successful effort to deal with this challenge while growing the firm, we have relied heavily on the lateral recruitment of associates and members, including recruiting members from nontraditional backgrounds for firms our size--such as corporations, government agencies, and the judiciary.

The firm also actively supports many events and organizations, and has sponsored programs of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Latin Justice PRLDEF in order to give our attorneys an opportunity to advance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of minority Americans.

Epstein Becker Green also recognizes the importance of women attorneys and continually strives to increase the number of women attorneys at the firm. The firm provides a generous Child Care Leave Program that supports married as well as same and opposite sex domestic partner couples in both primary and non-primary care giver roles. We have implemented new recruiting programs that celebrate and emphasize gender diversity within the firm.


For example, EBG established a Women's Initiative program, which seeks to enhance the careers of professional women. The firm also is the founding sponsor of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (WBL), an organization whose mission is to promote the appointment of women health care executives to corporate boards of directors by providing a forum for senior executive women to network exclusively with other senior executive women from across all segments of the health care industry. To date, there are more than 3,000 senior executive women and women board members in the WBL network.

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Our diversity efforts have achieved notable results. (To learn more about Epstein Becker Green's diversity initiatives and rankings, please click here.) At Epstein Becker Green, we will continue these efforts and seek to partner with clients, bar associations, and community organizations to make our society and our profession fully inclusive.