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Diversity Awards and Recognition

McGuireWoods has enjoyed a long history of recognition for our commitment to diversity, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Thomas Sager Award. Our firm has also been a trail blazer in diversity, and our firm was the inaugural recipient of International Paper’s Lighthouse Award — an award presented to International Paper’s legal department supplier, who by example and leadership, distinguished itself in the area of diversity. The Metropolitan Business League, an association representing minority and small businesses, presented us with its Trailblazer Award for a joint venture that McGuireWoods initiated in 1977 with a minority-owned law firm, a venture which continues today, more than 35 years later.

Recent Diversity Awards

MetLife Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2017 – One of only three law firms honored for diversity and inclusion efforts by MetLife’s Legal Affairs Diversity Committee at its General Counsel Roundtable, held March 1, 2017, in New York.

Equality Virginia, 2016 – Recognized by Equality Virginia as a leading business for outstanding achievements promoting diversity and inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace. 2016 marks the first time the organization honored law firms with the Virginia Fairness Accreditation.

Equality Illinois Recognition, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 – Selected by Equality Illinois for the sixth year as one of the top Illinois law firms with a growing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness in the workplace.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2007 – One of only 50 law firms in the United States named by Working Mother magazine as a “Best Law Firm for Women.” Co-sponsored by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, the award honors law firms for demonstrated commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent.

Law360, 2015 – McGuireWoods ranked fifth on Law360’s list of “The 25 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys,” recognizing firms that have a significantly higher ratio of African American lawyers than the industry average, particularly at the partner level. It was part of the inaugural “Law360 Minority Report” survey of diversity among big U.S. law firms.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2014 – McGuireWoods received the 2014 NAPABA President’s Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA and the NAPABA Law Foundation and its internship program.

Multicultural Law Magazine, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 – Named a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity (2009-2012), a Top 100 Law Firm for Women Lawyers (2009–2012). Also named a Top 25 Law Firm for African-American Lawyers in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Minority Corporate Counsel Association 2011 Innovator Award – One of five recipients of the award, which is bestowed upon U.S. in-house legal departments, law firms, bar associations or legal organizations in recognition of their recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2011 – Received the Firm Appreciation Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA.

University of Maryland Black Law Student Association, 2011 – Received the 2011 Firm Diversity Award.

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2010 — Honored with the 2010 Balance Life Work Place Award in the “large firm” category. The award recognizes McGuireWoods for policies that “promote opportunities for attorneys to balance their careers with family, community and other aspects of their lives.”