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DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

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

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan sets forth specific objectives, metrics and actions to articulate and deliver on our pledge to oppose racial injustice and address its deleterious effects.

Our commitment also 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.

Read Cooley’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan

Our Fight for Racial Justice

We recognize that we all share a responsibility to effect change in our fight for racial justice. We commit to publicly sharing and maintaining accountability for Cooley’s progress and to work toward systemic change within the firm, the broader industry and our communities.

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Diversity and inclusion are at the core of Cooley and all we do – they’re our fuel for innovation. We’re passionate about building a culture that respects, values and celebrates differences, and we’re relentless to drive real change. TJ Graham, partner and diversity committee chair

Diversity Fellowship Program

In our dedication to fostering a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences, we offer diversity fellowships to outstanding law students who share this commitment.

Award recipients will receive paid summer associate positions a year sooner than students are typically eligible to participate and monetary awards to assist with law school tuition.

US fellowship

UK fellowship

Affinity Groups

Cooley's affinity groups are open to all Cooley lawyers and were formed 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:

Diversity Committee
Orion Armon  Partner Colorado
Luke Cadigan  Partner Boston
Justine W. Chiu  Associate Seattle
Sarah Choi  Associate Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
John Clendenin  Partner Palo Alto
Chris Coulter  Partner London
Georgina Dietrich  Associate Brussels
TJ Graham  Partner Palo Alto
Virat Gupta  Associate Washington, DC
Germaine Habell  Associate San Diego
Jacob B. Hanna  Associate San Francisco
Sarah Iftekhar  Associate Chicago
Alicia Johnson-Cole  Associate London
Barry Kuang  Associate Boston
Randall R. Lee  Partner Los Angeles – Downtown, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
Won Lee  Associate Colorado
Joshua Mates  Partner San Francisco
Summer M. McKee  Associate New York
Beatriz Mejia  Partner San Francisco
Kimberly Nguyen  Special Counsel Reston
DéJeune O'Garro  Associate Reston
Amanda Pacheco  Associate Palo Alto
Rama Padmanabhan  Partner San Diego
Ferish Patel  Partner in Charge – Singapore Singapore, Hong Kong
Carlos Ramirez  Partner San Diego
John Robertson  Partner in Charge – Seattle Seattle
Sara Semnani  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
Lei Shen  Partner Chicago
Katie Stevens  Associate Palo Alto
Michael Tollini  Partner Washington, DC, New York
Michael Tuscan  Partner Washington, DC
Rupa Briggs  Partner New York
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 members of the Women's Initiative

Kay Chandler  Partner, San Diego
Sascha Grimm  Partner, London
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, 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.

Committees

Cooley’s Women’s Initiative consists of two central committees to address relationship building, personal and professional development, and progress and accountability in support of our strategic DEI goals. 

The Representative Committee focuses on maintaining a welcoming and inclusive firm, while the Strategy Committee focuses on advancing efforts to recruit, retain and promote women in each office.

 
 

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.

The diversity of opinion, personalities, ages, backgrounds and lifestyles is refreshing, welcoming and a key reason why we’re successful as a firm.
—  Cooley employee quoted in Fortune

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
Maureen Alger  Partner, Palo Alto
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz  Retired Partner, New York
Barbara Borden  Partner, San Diego
Michelle Doolin  Partner, San Diego
Shannon Eagan  Partner in Charge – Palo Alto, Palo Alto
Heidi A. Erlacher  Partner in Charge – Boston, Boston
Sascha Grimm  Partner, London
Jacqueline Grise  Partner, Washington, DC
Natasha Kaye  Partner, London
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  Business Department Chair, New York
Dr. Michelle Rhyu  Partner, Palo Alto
Christina Zhang  Partner in Charge – Shanghai, Shanghai
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