"My experience at Patterson is that diversity is not a slogan or a trend. It is, instead, a firm commitment. While the quality of one's ideas and work certainly matter, the respect that one gives to another also matters greatly. We recognize that our firm is enriched by the different characteristics of our colleagues. Rather than ignoring these diverse personal differences, we affirm and celebrate them; and that is quite refreshing."
Peter C. Harvey, Co-Chair, Diversity Committee
Former Attorney General of the State of New Jersey
"2012 Private Practitioner of the Year" by Metropolitan Black Bar Association
"Top Black Lawyers in America" by Black Enterprise Magazine
"100 Most Influential Black Americans" by Ebony Magazine
Our Commitment To Diversity
Promoting diversity within the firm and the legal profession has been central to our mission for years.
Over 20 years ago, Patterson Belknap was one of the first major firms to elect a woman as its Managing Partner. We work to continue that tradition where women and minority lawyers thrive and succeed.
- Patterson Belknap scored a 100% rating in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for 2013.
- In 2012, Women In Law Empowerment Forum, accorded Patterson Belknap its Gold Standard Certification for demonstrating a meaningful presence and integration of women into our highest leadership positions.
- In 2011, Patterson Belknap was recognized as one of the top companies in America for gay, lesbian and transgender attorneys by Work Life Magazine.
As Co-Chair of the Firm and Managing Partner Bob LoBue has said, "For far too long, the door to practicing in the top ranks of our profession was open only to a privileged few. That is changing for the better, and Patterson Belknap is both a beneficiary and a strong supporter of diversity. We will continue to cultivate an atmosphere of civility, dignity and mutual respect in which all of our attorneys and staff are welcome and can flourish."
the PATTERSON BELKNAP WEBB & TYLER LLP DIVERSITY fellowship
Our Patterson Belknap Diversity Fellowship, which includes an award of up to $15,000, will be offered to an exceptional rising second-year law student who shows the promise both of becoming an outstanding attorney and of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of Patterson Belknap and the legal community.
To learn more about our Diversity Fellowship and eligibility requirements, please click here.