Diversity

At Epstein Becker Green, we know that our clients are best served through innovation and creativity. We believe that the surest way to generate great ideas to fuel innovation is through a diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and experiences.

Since its founding in 1973, Epstein Becker Green has been 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. While cultivating our diverse workforce is a process that is always evolving, statistics reflect our achievements to date (e.g., 26 percent of firm members and 36 percent of firm attorneys are women, and minorities make up 33 percent of the entire firm). In addition, 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 committees. We continually evaluate and adapt our efforts, as needed, to increase and promote diversity at all levels within the firm and the profession.

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.

Additionally, Epstein Becker Green recognizes the importance of women attorneys and continually strives to increase the number of women attorneys at the firm and to promote their advancement. To this end, the firm provides flexible work arrangements and 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 caregiver roles. We have also implemented recruiting programs that celebrate and emphasize gender diversity within the firm such as our Women's Initiative.

The firm also strives to advance the careers of  women in business and professional communities. For instance, Epstein Becker  Green is a founding sponsor of the Women Business Leaders of  the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (“WBL”), an organization whose goal is to help senior executive women from across the health care  industry create meaningful  cross-sector relationships, expand their leadership, and harness their  collective power to improve the industry.

Other Events, Organizations, and Programs That We Support

Epstein Becker Green and its attorneys actively support numerous events, organizations, and programs that advance equal justice and equal opportunity in our society including:

  • Epstein Becker Green is a member of FAN, the Firm Affiliate Network, an initiative launched by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association to assist and acknowledge law firms that are committed to advancing diversity in the legal profession.
  • We regularly sponsor programs of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Latino Justice PRLDEF, Street Law, and other similar organizations.
  • Epstein Becker Green holds dinners and/or receptions around the country hosted by the firm’s minority attorneys and founding shareholders to celebrate the achievements of minority corporate counsel. These events have featured prominent minority attorneys, judges, and bar leaders as keynote speakers, and provided networking opportunities for diverse in-house attorneys, as well as for the firm’s founders and other leaders, many of whom are, themselves, diverse.
  • Our firm is a member of the Advisory Board of the Northeast Chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. The organization promotes business between the United States and Mexico and helps companies bridge differences in legal, regulatory, and economic systems, as well as in language and culture.
  • Epstein Becker Green Co-Founder Steven Epstein fostered the creation and growth of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, which conducts a national internship program for African-American college men. The Institute is housed in Epstein Becker Green’s Washington, DC, office. Mr. Epstein also serves on the Board of Directors of Street Law, a practical participatory education program that teaches young people in inner city high schools about law, democracy, and human rights. Street Law raises much of its funding through its Annual Gala, to which the firm contributes its organizational and financial support.
  • Epstein Becker Green Co-Founder Ronald M. Green and other Hispanic attorneys established the firm’s Hispanic Business Group, which includes attorneys who focus on the business and legal needs of the growing, entrepreneurial Hispanic population in the United States.
  • Member Kenneth G. Standard is Chair Emeritus of the firm’s Diversity and Professional Development Committee. He is a past president of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) and has long worked to increase diversity in the legal profession. He currently co-chairs NYSBA’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, which, among other things, has carried on the work he began in 2005 as Co-Chair of its Committee on Outreach to Youth. In recognition of his efforts, the Corporate Counsel Section of NYSBA created the Kenneth G. Standard Minority Internship program, which places minority law students in corporate legal departments during the summer between their second and third years of law school. He was presented with the American Bar Association’s Alexander Award for Lifetime Achievement in Pipeline Diversity in February 2011 for his work to increase diversity in the legal profession.
  • At the suggestion of Member David E. Matyas, the American Health Lawyers Association (“AHLA”) established an Advisory Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, which hosts diversity events at AHLA conferences and a minority law student internship program, among other activities.

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.

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Diversity Accolades

Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) 2014 Gold Standard Certification for successfully integrating and promoting a large percentage of equity women partners to top leadership and management positions.

Received a top rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index as one of the best places to work, for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people.

Selected as an ACQ 2013 U.S. Leading Diversity Law Firm of the Year by the Financial Times in its ACQ Global Awards. The awards recognize organizations that have shown innovation, creativity, and a commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion during 2013.

Ranked 29th in the nation for diversity by The American Lawyer’s 2013 “Diversity Scorecard,” which is an annual ranking of large U.S. law firms according to their percentage of minority attorneys and their percentage of minority partners.

Diversity Report

Please reference the 2014 Diversity Initiative description posted here for a full list of diversity initiatives.