Foley Hoag Places Value on DE&I Work with Unlimited Billable Hour Policy

April 21, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP recently  launched a global billable hour credit policy for time invested contributing to the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives and legal recruiting activities.  Recognizing DE&I as an integral part of the firm’s long-term strategic mission and goals, Foley Hoag has eliminated any hours cap on the credit given for DE&I and legal recruiting activities.

The newly adopted policy is designed to encourage attorney and all other timekeepers’ participation in DE&I initiatives and fully recognize those who invest that time. It is unmatched among large law firms to date and is identical to the firm’s policy with regards to pro bono work. All DE&I and legal recruiting efforts will count towards billable hours goals for all attorneys and other timekeepers at the firm and there is no threshold before hours start counting.

“Our goal is to create a strongly inclusive culture, where our people feel they can bring their authentic selves to work.  That doesn’t happen without ongoing focus and effort,” said Jeffrey Collins, Co-Managing Partner. “Many of our attorneys and timekeepers have been investing heavily in DE&I initiatives, which are so important to our firm and its fabric. We wanted them to know that we deeply appreciate their efforts which are now being counted, including for salary and bonus purposes.”

Foley Hoag’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion traces its roots to the founding of the firm in 1943 and those traditions remain guiding forces in the firm’s culture. The unlimited billable hour policy is part of an aggressive multi-year strategy that focuses on recruiting the best possible diverse talent into the firm and retaining that talent while also creating a welcoming and safe environment for all. There are many ways that attorneys and business services professionals can be involved with DE&I at the firm. This includes serving on the DE&I committee, planning and organizing DE&I related presentations and events, participating in affinity groups or DE&I taskforces, representing the firm at recruiting events, DE&I focused mentoring, and attending DE&I training programs.

“We want our people to feel energized and engaged about DE&I at Foley Hoag.  Ultimately, we’ll measure success by whether the firm creates and sustains that culture,” added Collins. 

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