Foley Hoag's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)
At Foley Hoag, we believe our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that attracts, engages, and retains the best possible talent. Our diversity of experiences, backgrounds, locations, viewpoints, and ideas differentiates us as an employer of choice and helps us foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
Foley Hoag's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion traces its roots to the founding of the firm in 1943. Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag were determined to hire the very best lawyers, based entirely on individual merit and without exclusion — an attitude that set them very much apart from others in the Boston legal community of that era.
Those twin traditions of excellence and inclusiveness have remained guiding forces in the firm's culture. Lawyers of different backgrounds, skills, and experiences bring diversity of thought and perspective to our firm, enriching the culture and enhancing the quality of our work.
As of June 30, 2021, women represent close to 40% of our legal workforce, and 21% of our attorneys are people of color. At Foley Hoag, we acknowledge that we have a long way to go and are fully committed to continuing to move the needle forward, every day.
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Through sustained organizational commitments, we aim to continue building upon previous achievements and to lead in new areas.
At Foley Hoag, we are committed to expanding opportunities for all employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristic. Each person is valued for their talents, expertise, experience, and perspective.
Our goal is to reflect the diverse communities and clients we serve and create an inclusive work environment for all our people. We accomplish this by embracing the individual skills, perspectives, and experiences our people bring to the firm and harnessing them for high performance and improved legal solutions.
The Mansfield Rule
Foley Hoag is Mansfield 4.0 certified! The Mansfield Rule Certification program, managed by Diversity Lab, is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman lawyer in the United States. Its goal is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership. The Mansfield Rule has become the standard by which law firms track, measure, and report progress with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
To be Mansfield certified, a firm must affirmatively consider at least 30% percent women, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, or LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and meaningful participation in client pitches.
The Mansfield Rule process has also informed our recruitment and promotion efforts as part of the firm’s strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. We are proud that the firm has met and exceeded the Mansfield 4.0 certification requirements for 2021. We are continuing our DE&I efforts by participating in the Mansfield Rule Certification 5.0 program.
Partnerships and Sponsorships
At Foley Hoag, we are proud to support and partner with organizations whose missions are to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the nation. Some of our most recent partners are:
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC Area, Inc. (APABA-DC)
- GLAD – GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- The LGBTQ Bar
- Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
- Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys
- Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
- National Disabled Law Students Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- Women’s Bar Association
About Foley Hoag's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Department
Led by the firm’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, our team of DE&I professionals share a steadfast commitment to equity and justice in the workplace and beyond. Together, they bring a breadth of experiences and skillsets to Foley Hoag. Collectively, their work has extended from the corporate to the non-profit sectors. They are inspired by the incredible legacy of social justice that this firm carries and are committed to further reflecting this legacy in the policies, practices, and culture of Foley Hoag.
We encourage you to reach out to the DE&I team with questions or comments. You can reach us at: DiversityandInclusion@foleyhoag.com.