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Who We Are

At Arnold & Porter, we are client-driven and industry-focused. Our lawyers practice in more than 40 practice areas across the litigation, regulatory and transactional spectrum to help clients with complex needs stay ahead of the global market, anticipate opportunities and address issues that impact the very value of their businesses. Our global reach, experience and deep knowledge allow us to work across geographic, cultural, technological and ideological borders, to offer clients forward-looking, results-oriented solutions that resolve their US, international and cross-border legal needs.

Diversity and inclusion are core values for Arnold & Porter. We are committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion in a positive work environment, where all talent is supported and accorded dignity and respect. We value the contributions that each person makes, enable our colleagues to be comfortable being themselves, and encourage every person to realize their potential. We believe that each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Arnold & Porter's chair and managing partners work closely with the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which is composed of senior attorneys and senior professional, to drive the firm's diversity and inclusion strategies around five pillars: recruitment, retention, advancement, engagement and service.

Affinity Groups
One of our most active initiatives is our affinity groups. These firmwide groups not only serve as support networks, but they also accelerate the attainment of professional and business development skills through enhanced mentoring opportunities and a variety of speaker programs. Additionally, the groups help the firm identify strategies that support our diversity efforts while fostering a stronger sense of community within the firm.

Arnold & Porter welcomes people of all backgrounds and recognizes that a significant part of our strength as a firm is connected to the breadth of experiences and perspectives we bring to bear on every client matter. The diversity of our attorneys and staff is important to us and to our clients. To ensure we attract and hire an inclusive workforce, we engage in numerous opportunities to connect with candidates, including hosting affinity-based panel discussions and receptions for first-year law students, at which attorneys share practical advice and tips on the law firm recruiting process with the students; holding mock interviews for first-year law students;
participating in affinity bar association career fairs; doing regular outreach to affinity groups at law schools across the country; and providing scholarships and fellowships to rising second-year law students.

Retention and Advancement
We take a holistic and interdepartmental approach to retention and advancement, implementing initiatives and programs that aim to foster the professional growth of our attorneys. From our firmwide professional development training curriculum and our mentoring programs to our family-friendly policies and our in-house career counselors, we strive to empower colleagues' ownership of their career and provide a variety of opportunities and resources that support their career advancement.

Arnold & Porter is committed to having a positive impact on the communities in which it works—and has been since its inception. From using the rule of law to advance basic human and civil rights to making individual investments in grassroots and local organizations, we seek opportunities to engage with our community and invest in sustained improvements.

Part of our commitment to excellence includes both providing clients with inclusive teams and partnering with them to advance our mutual commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Here are some examples of our client collaborations:

  • Partnering with clients to provide career counseling and professional development programs for summer associates.
  • Collaborating with clients on bespoke mentoring programs that pair Arnold & Porter lawyers with members of the client's legal team.
  • Involving diverse attorneys from our clients on panels organized by our affinity groups.
  • Liaising regularly with clients to ensure that their Arnold & Porter team is inclusive.

Recent Awards & Recognitions

  • Human Rights Campaign, Corporate Equality Index (2006, 2008-2020)
  • Mansfield Plus Certification (2018-2020)
  • Working Mother Magazine, "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" (1996-1997, 2001-2002, 2004-2020); "Best Law Firms for Women (2015–2020); "Best Companies for Dads" (2019, 2020)
  • Association of Black Women Attorneys Diversity Award (NY) (2019)
  • BP's Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year (2019)
  • Chambers Associate, "Best Law Firms for Diversity" (2018, 2019)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Law Firm Diversity Award (2018)