Patterson Attorneys of Color

Patterson Belknap is committed to employing a diverse workforce of attorneys and staff. We consider a diverse workforce to include people of all social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds. The firm also believes that a diverse group of legal talent provides the most substantial, thorough and comprehensive representation for any client.

PAC is one of the firm's resources for cultivating an environment that enables attorneys of color to develop skills and grow as lawyers. PAC was formed in 2001 in part to help enhance the sense of community among attorneys of color, and provide an important way for them to connect with each other and the world outside the firm.

PAC attorneys meet formally once a month to discuss issues of common interest, to foster a sense of community and to socialize as colleagues. In addition, PAC assists the firm with the recruitment, retention and promotion of attorneys of color to enhance workplace diversity. Its members sit on both the hiring and diversity committees.

Our Community

"What makes Patterson an especially pleasant environment to work at is the Firm's recognition that our different backgrounds allow us to make unique contributions to the practice of law and add to the character of the firm."

Muhammad Faridi
Partner and Co-Chair, Patterson Attorneys of Color

"One of Patterson’s hallmark features and secrets to its continued success is that colleagues at all levels value each other’s thoughtful analysis and careful work. It is a true professional home where junior attorneys work hand in hand with dedicated and encouraging peers and partners to deliver the best possible work for the client while honing the skills that will make them better lawyers."

Gabriela Bersuder
Class of 2014

Patterson Belknap is not only committed to providing top notch service to our clients, the Firm is also committed to developing the legal skills of all its attorneys and to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment. Patterson is a wonderful place to practice law because the lawyers here are brilliant and the Firm’s matters are sophisticated and involve some of the most cutting edge areas of the law. Patterson is also a great place to work because people are supportive, thoughtful, and kind. It makes all the difference being able to work with people you genuinely enjoy being around.”

Camille Fletcher
Class of 2013

"Patterson’s unstinting reputation is not hyperbole – the Firm gently guides and fosters attorneys of all backgrounds not only in their professional development, but in all their pursuits of intellectual passion. Given the Firm’s commitment to fostering both its community and each individual’s unique talents, it has been an exciting and rewarding place to begin my legal career."

Terra Hittson
Class of 2014

Patterson stands out for its genuine commitment to fostering a diversity of perspectives. Attorneys at all levels and of all backgrounds are encouraged to be active, visible members of the Firm and to contribute—not only to the Firm’s work—but to its character as well.“

Christopher Wilds
Class of 2015