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Morrison Foerster Diversity

Morrison Foerster is a leading international law firm that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Find out more below!

Morrison Foerster has been a long-time champion for diversity within the legal profession. The firm takes pride in its diverse workplace, believing that lawyers with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences work together to create better solutions and offer innovative perspectives for its clients. Morrison Foerster continuously works to attract, develop, and retain talented lawyers from all backgrounds.

In London, Brian Bates (Senior Counsel) and Trevor James (Partner) sit on the firmwide Diversity Strategy Committee, founded in 2003. The committee's primary mission is to recommend major diversity goals and objectives to the firm's board of directors. Morrison Foerster also has a number of active London affinity groups that collaborate with regional and global colleagues to deliver initiatives that are important to the firm.

Globally, Morrison Foerster has over 35 affinity groups that provide support networks and programming for various employee groups. In the London office specifically, the firm has affinity groups for members and allies of LGBTQ+, for women, and MoFo Together, which focuses on raising awareness and addressing some of the barriers facing underrepresented communities in the legal profession and beyond.

MoFo London's active LGBTQ+ affinity group, MoFo Proud, brings together members of that community as well as its supporters. The group provides a forum to discuss issues of concern to the LGBTQ+ community and works to advance networking opportunities within the London office and the broader firm, with clients and across the broader London business community. Morrison Foerster is proud that its chair emeritus was the first openly gay managing partner of an international law firm.

MoFo Together aims to address the barriers facing underrepresented communities (including ethnic minorities) by raising awareness and providing dedicated support to help every individual at Morrison Foerster live their potential. The group believes that valuing, respecting, and celebrating cultural differences are fundamental to growing and sustaining a diverse workforce and improving the experience of underrepresented groups. MoFo Together seeks to do this, and more, by spearheading initiatives to create an inclusive workplace for all through four pillars of inclusion, education, empowerment, and representation.

MoFo Women holds regularly events addressing global topics and regional ones with a packed agenda of programmes for women and allies. Based on the four pillars, their strategic approach ensures that topics facing women in the profession now and in the future are explored and openly discussed to enhance the support needed and available. Morrison Foerster's senior women lawyers in London also play a role in the firm's global Women's Strategy Committee, which works closely with firm leadership, including the firm's chair, firmwide managing partners, and board of directors, to ensure that the advancement of women is a constant strategic priority.




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