At Polsinelli, we maintain a high-performing, inclusive organization where all persons can thrive personally and professionally. This is essential to creating the most innovative and agile firm for the benefit of our clients and colleagues.
The acceptance, pursuit and promotion of diversity and inclusion are core values of Polsinelli. These values inform, enlighten, and shape the strategy and actions that define our business at its essence, allowing us to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of a globally competitive marketplace.
We define diversity to include people from various ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and socio-economic backgrounds who offer a mosaic of beliefs, experiences, perspectives, and values. It is our belief that diversity is critical to providing unique and creative solutions for our clients’ greatest challenges. Diversity also brings value to the firm because it adds richness of day-to-day interactions and relationships developed amongst those with whom we work, engage and interact.
Polsinelli defines inclusion as the comprehensive, coordinated and complete integration of all diverse persons across the various sectors of our business enterprise as contributors, leaders and agents of change. Ours is a culture that promotes and invites openness, creativity and tolerance for bold thinking and creative ideas.
Polsinelli’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Our diversity and inclusion efforts are supported by Polsinelli’s C-Suite executives and management teams. These efforts are developed and implemented by Director of Diversity and Inclusion, J. Danielle Carr, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Dan Cranshaw, and Chair of the Women’s Initiative Committee, Jane Arnold.
Polsinelli adopted a four-pillar approach to support our core values and realization of our vision as we endeavor to build an intellectually and culturally vibrant workplace that allows all persons to succeed personally and professionally, while bringing the best possible service to our clients:
- Recruitment: We actively promote diversity through our hiring efforts. Since 2006, Polsinelli has sponsored scholarships for diverse students in an effort to increase diversity in both local bars and within the firm. For entry-level hiring, we participate in several diversity job fairs and work with a number of recruiting firms that specialize in diverse attorney recruitment for the firm’s lateral attorney needs.
- Relationship Building: Principal attorneys and associates support and participate in programs offered by DRI, Women of Color Corporate Counsel and MCCA. Several of our attorneys are currently serving and previously served in leadership positions in various affinity groups, minority bar associations and community groups. For instance, Polsinelli attorneys currently serve in leadership positions at the Mexican American Bar Foundation, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago.
- Professional Development: Retention and promotion of firm attorneys is a focus of the firm’s Diversity Committee. For the last several years, the firm has promoted diverse attorneys from associate to shareholder, and has increased its retention efforts by promoting the visibility and development of diverse attorneys.
- Knowledge Expansion: Nationally and internationally relevant speakers are invited to address our firm on the most cutting-edge practices and issues related to diversity in the field of law.