Inclusion and Diversity

At BakerHostetler, embracing people of all backgrounds is essential to our identity and to our business. Recruiting, developing and promoting diverse talent enables us to best serve our clients and makes us a stronger, more successful firm.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity promotes the best in our practice, leadership and community. Fostering a supportive, inclusive environment allows us to bring together a variety of perspectives and experiences to provide creative solutions for the challenges our clients face. Greater understanding and appreciation for issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and culture also makes us better attorneys, a stronger firm and a more respectful place to work.

We demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity in our targeted recruiting of minorities and women at all levels, representation of women and minority lawyers in management of the firm, our Paul D. White Diversity Scholars Program, our strategic partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving inclusion in the legal profession, our use of gender pronouns, our diversity-focused pro bono work, and our deep support of related organizations in the communities where we live and work.

"BakerHostetler is fully committed to an equitable, inclusive and diverse work environment, one that actively supports the recruitment, retention and advancement of people of all backgrounds. This commitment is core to our culture of mutual respect, which defines us as a law firm, and is essential to our ability to effectively represent our clients."

— Paul M. Schmidt, Chairman

Leah Fisher
Director of Inclusion
and Diversity

Emily Crosby
Diversity Council Chair

Ron Okada
Chair Emeritus, Firmwide
Diversity Committee