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Diversity & Inclusion

We're home to 350 professional attorneys and staff who are not only dedicated to their work and our clients, but also to maintaining a welcoming and engaging work environment that is inclusive to all.

Diversity & Inclusion at Our Firm

At Sterne Kessler we strive to maintain a dynamic and energetic workplace that is reflective of our global client base and the diverse cultural mix of the greater Washington, D.C., area in which we live and work. In doing so, we place a premium on talented lawyers and staff, irrespective of their race, gender, religious views, sexual orientation, or other personal attributes. 

Here, diversity is about understanding one another and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating differences. Our work reflects the broad array of ideas and experiences that characterize our social, cultural and intellectual world. We encourage everyone at the firm to identify, develop, and leverage their unique strengths.

In recent years, the firm has been recognized by Law360 as one of the top 100 firms for minority attorneys and one of the top 50 firms for minority equity partners, as well as one of the top five firms for Asian-American attorneys. National Law Journal has recognized Sterne Kessler as one of the firms with the most diverse partnership in the Washington metropolitan area.

Sterne Kessler is among Law360’s “2019 Best Firms for Minority Attorneys” based on a survey of over 300 U.S. law firms; Sterne Kessler ranks among the top 10 firms with 50-149 attorneys.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee 

Our steering committee focused on diversity is charged with furthering Sterne Kessler’s vision of diversity and inclusion. The committee is comprised of employees from every sector of the firm, including staff, attorneys of all levels, our managing director, and one of our founding directors, Rob Sterne. The committee supports several initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion, including recruiting and mentoring, programs for career development and advancement, and targeted outreach and affinity groups. The committee also sponsors internal programs ranging from celebrating National Diversity Day with a series of events to hosting guest speakers for interactive learning sessions.

"After discussing with my law school peers, I have learned that Sterne Kessler is very diverse regarding gender, race, orientation, and people with disabilities. The hiring directors are very open to diverse candidates."

    -Associate response in 2019 Vault survey

Programs & Sponsorships

Internal diversity programs include INSPIRED - by the women of Sterne Kessler, a women's affinity group that hosts periodic roundtables and topical discussions. The firm also partners with and sponsors a number of organizations that promote diversity across our local, legal, and technical communities. Among the bar associations in which we are active in membership, sponsorship and in-kind support are: the National Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association of DC, Women in Bio, American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, and the South Asian Bar Association of DC.

Further, we are engaged as members and sponsors of several organizations dedicated to supporting the legal community, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance and ChIPs . Focusing on the next generation of lawyers and IP professionals is also a part of our focus. The 1L Diversity Spring Internship is just one example of programs the firm has supported to offer students direct exposure to the practice of law, including hands-on experience working with our attorneys and professional staff.

How About You?

Interested in opportunities to join the firm and enjoy Sterne Kessler’s dynamic culture? Please visit our Careers page.

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