Press Release

Cooley – A Fortune Best Workplace for Diversity

December 20, 2019

Palo Alto – December 20, 2019 – Fortune named Cooley to its Best Workplaces for Diversity list for the third consecutive year. The elite list highlights companies with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“The firm is a league above others in its serious commitment to D&I,” said an anonymous Cooley employee quoted in Fortune’s profile. “As a diverse candidate years ago, this mattered to me. Cooley seemed like the most genuine of the firms when it came to these initiatives and I believe that to be the case still.”

Fortune partners with Great Place to Work, an analytics and consulting firm, to select the Best Workplaces for Diversity list. Great Place to Work compared the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, employees who are boomers or older and people who have disabilities to the experiences of their colleagues’ at the same organizations. In total, Great Place to Work analyzed anonymous responses to survey questions about day-to-day workplace treatment reflecting more than 4.8 million employees.

“Accountability starts with leadership. Cooley’s partnership is all in on building a truly diverse workplace that values differences and celebrates new perspectives,” said Amie Santos, Cooley’s director of diversity and inclusion. “It empowers us to continue to implement new initiatives and make progress year over year. These efforts are essential to building Cooley’s next generation.”

Cooley often partners with organizations to enhance diversity in legal and beyond the industry. Earlier this year, Cooley signed the Business Statement for Transgender Equality, joining the ranks of approximately 180 companies and law firms standing with the transgender community. Cooley also collaborated with car sharing marketplace Turo to host an intern for the summer as part of the inaugural Law in Technology Diversity Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind program seeking to expand the pipeline of legal diversity by providing women, underrepresented minorities and other first-year law students with internships split between Bay Area tech companies and law firms.

The firm has been widely honored for its diversity efforts by leading industry organizations and publications, including by earning a Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for eight consecutive years and achieving Mansfield Certification and Mansfield “Plus” status from Diversity Lab.

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