Diversity is embedded in Cooley’s culture. We are dedicated to maintaining a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences.

Our commitment includes active and creative partnerships with clients and in local and national minority law organizations, diversity pipeline projects, law school diversity programs and community outreach.

True workplace diversity means offering all employees the tools, training and mentoring they need to succeed. It means embracing the importance of diversity on our client teams. It looks beyond our four walls, fostering community involvement and participation in local and national diversity initiatives. It means leading by example in our profession.

Affinity Groups

Cooley's affinity groups are open to everyone and were formed by Cooley lawyers to be a forum and resource for support and awareness within the firm. The groups work to enhance recruiting, retention, training and promotion initiatives; sponsor professional and business development programs; and identify client and community partnering opportunities. Cooley's affinity groups include:

Attracting, mentoring and retaining exceptional people from as many backgrounds as possible is incredibly important to us. We know we have a way to go, but we're on a journey and it is one we are committed to. DeAnna Allen, partner and Diversity Committee co-chair

Diversity Fellowship Program

In our dedication to a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences, we offer diversity fellowships to outstanding first year law students.

Award recipients will receive a paid 1L summer associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition.

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Cooley's Diversity Awareness Month

Diversity Awareness Month is when we celebrate our unique qualities as individuals and promote greater awareness and understanding of how diversity makes us a stronger organization. The month provides us an opportunity to share information about our diversity initiatives, celebrate the progress we have made and think about how we can continue to make Cooley an inclusive and welcoming place to work.

Throughout the month, each of our offices hosts a variety of events to recognize and celebrate our diverse perspectives.

Diversity Committee
DeAnna Allen Partner, Washington, DC
Frank Pietrantonio Partner in Charge - Reston
Amie Santos Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Washington, DC
Melika Adams Associate, Los Angeles
Mazda Antia Partner, San Diego
Luke Cadigan Partner, Boston
Reuben Chen Partner, Palo Alto
Stephanie Sojung Choo Associate, Palo Alto
Joseph Drayton Partner, New York
Thomas Hadid Associate, Los Angeles
Janiece Jenkins Associate, Seattle
Jennifer Lerner Associate, New York
Laura Medina Partner, Colorado
Beatriz Mejia Partner, San Francisco
Joseph Mensah Associate, San Diego
Dana Moss Associate, Washington, DC
Kimberly Nguyen Associate, Reston
Rama Padmanabhan Partner, San Diego
Kathlyn Querubin Associate, San Francisco
Leo Spicer-Phelps Associate, London
Whitty Somvichian Partner, San Francisco
Rebecca Teterud Associate, Colorado
Ann Bevitt Partner, London
Michael Tuscan Partner in Charge - Washington DC, Washington, DC
Mark Woodroffe Associate, Boston
Christina Zhang Partner in Charge - Shanghai
Women's Initiative

Cooley's Women's Initiative was created to attract, retain and mentor a strong network of women lawyers.

We provide women at Cooley with the tools necessary to achieve professional success and personal fulfillment through counseling, professional development and networking. See Women's Initiative Committee members here.

Kay Chandler Partner, San Diego
Shira Nadich Levin Partner, New York
Our women are inspiring others to change the status quo and we couldn't be more proud to be at the forefront. — Shira Nadich Levin, co-chair and founder of Cooley’s Women’s Initiative

Connection Circles

Women lawyers across the firm are engaged in Connection Circles, which facilitate mentorship opportunities within each Cooley office. This initiative came about as a result of feedback from our associates and relies heavily on the involvement of partners and senior associates to build and strengthen relationships among our women lawyers.

Women in Law Hackathon

Co-chair of Cooley’s Women Initiative, Kay Chandler, represented Cooley in the first-ever Women in Law Hackathon, a “Shark Tank”–style pitch competition.  

Nine teams made up of male and female partners at US law firms worked together to devise innovative projects and initiatives to boost the advancement and retention of experienced women lawyers in law firms.

Family Liaison Program

Cooley's Women's Initiative runs a Liaison Program for men and women taking a leave of absence exceeding four weeks. The liaison provides support leading up to the leave and serves as a primary contact during the leave. The liaison also helps to re-acclimate the lawyer following his or her return to work.

For me, the greatest benefit of Cooley's Women's Initiative has been the connections I have made with other Cooley women at these events and the relationships that have developed from having the opportunity to spend time with women who have since become mentors, friends and professional resources.Richelle Kalnit, associate

On Ramp Fellowship

Cooley was one of only four law firms to pilot a one-year fellowship program aimed at replenishing the talent pipeline in law firms with experienced women lawyers who have taken an extended hiatus from the practice of law.

Cooley continues to actively participate in the national program.

Women Who Lead
Jane Adams Partner, San Diego
Maureen Alger Partner, Palo Alto
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz Partner, New York
Barbara Borden Partner, San Diego
Janet Cullum Partner, New York
Michelle Doolin Partner, San Diego
Shannon Eagan Partner, Palo Alto
Heidi A. Erlacher Partner in Charge - Boston, Boston
Sascha Grimm Associate, London
Jacqueline Grise Partner, Washington, DC
Natasha Kaye Partner, London
Barbara Kosacz Partner, Palo Alto
Heidi Keefe Partner, Palo Alto
Jamie Leigh Partner, San Francisco
Nicola Maguire Partner, London
Mika Reiner Mayer Partner, Palo Alto
Ann Mooney Partner, San Francisco
Kathleen Pakenham Partner, New York
Michelle Rhyu Partner, Palo Alto
Nan Wu Partner, San Francisco
Christina Zhang Partner in Charge - Shanghai, Shanghai
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