To us, diversity and inclusion are not only about race and gender; they are about creating a workplace that welcomes all generations, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, physical abilities, values, family statuses, backgrounds and experiences. We want our law firm to be a place where the best and brightest attorneys and staff can build a career together. We know that by fostering a respectful and inclusive environment, we are a stronger firm.
“We will recognize the talents of each individual and recognize that all of our employees have the potential to contribute to the success of the firm.” - from Verrill Dana's Core Values
Recognizing the strengths of each employee is and has been one of our Core Values for over two decades. Our Total Quality (TQ) Initiative, launched in 1995, created a forum for all members of the Verrill Dana team to voice their ideas to make the firm a better place to work. We understand that empowering everyone who works here to contribute to our business fosters an inclusive environment.
“We will foster teamwork, loyalty, collegiality and mutual respect in our workplace.” - from Verrill Dana's Core Values
Here is some concrete evidence of our commitment to diversity:
- Our Managing Partner established a Diversity Task Force in 2012 with the goal of our firm being a leader not only in terms of legal excellence, but also for our inclusive workplace that supports all of our attorneys and staff.
- Verrill Dana was the first major law firm in Maine to elect a woman Managing Partner in 1992 and today women serve in elected and appointed management roles throughout the firm, including as chairs of our practice groups and on management committees.
- According to Law360 in 2015, Verrill Dana ranked 11th in the U.S. among law firms for our percentage of female partners and surpassed the national average for female partners by 14 percentage points.
- We survey our attorneys and staff to ensure that we are taking steps that include and value them.
- Our attorneys are active in organizations that broaden professional opportunities for underrepresented members of the legal profession, including the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association (CAPABA), the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM).
- We recruit from law schools with diverse student populations and diversity pledges that mirror our own.
Although we have accomplished much, we are not satisfied. We are firmly committed to building an even more diverse and inclusive firm for our future.