Our Firm

Focusing on Retention and Promotion

The firm continually looks for ways to retain and promote diverse and women lawyers. One of the key investments is in our Lawyers of Color and LGBT Lawyers Retreats. We gather input at these retreats to enhance existing programs and launch additional programs to support diversity & inclusion.

Formal lawyers networks provide venues to discuss and resolve issues that diverse and women lawyers may face. The lawyers networks also help diverse and women lawyers enhance their business and career development. Lawyers may join any or all lawyers networks to affiliate or support, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.

McGuireWoods’ Women Lawyers Network has initiated several programs over the last few years to help women achieve both work-life balance and success in business development.

McGuireWoods takes several additional steps to ensure diverse and women lawyers are given opportunities to advance in their careers:

  • Contact with Key Clients Diverse and women attorneys have regular contact with key clients and are put on lead engagements.
  • Succession Planning with Diversity in Mind Our succession plan emphasizes developing diverse leaders. To support the firm’s strategies and succession planning, the firm operates a formal Leadership Program. The selection process is mindful of the need to be inclusive of minority, women and LGBT lawyers demonstrating leadership potential.
  • Mentoring McGuireWoods appreciates the importance of mentoring to the success of associates. We have a formal mentoring program through which every first-year associate is assigned both a supervising partner and a mentor. The one-year mentor assignments give associates the latitude to request a different assignment for any reason. Efforts are made to assign mentors to first-year associates who differ from the mentees by race, gender or sexual orientation.

In addition to the formal mentoring program for first-year associates, many of our partners of color provide informal mentoring to associates of color, just as many of our women partners informally mentor women associates (regardless of lawyer network selections).