Our goal is clear. We want to be a leader in diversity. We want to be the firm most reflective of and responsive to our clients and communities. Pursuit of this goal guides us to recruit and maintain a diverse workforce of lawyers and staff inclusive of racial, gender, age, ethnic, national, sexual orientation and religious differences.
At Holland & Knight, we believe our clients receive the highest quality service when their legal teams are drawn from professionals mirroring the increasing diversity of the marketplace.
In order for diversity to mean something, to be more than a superficial catch phrase, it must be incorporated into a firm's culture. Diversity must be put “in action” and made a priority. A firm must be committed not only to the members who are racially, ethnically or gender-diverse, but also to appreciate, celebrate, support and encourage the various thoughts, ideas and values that underlie those differences.
We are proud of our efforts to increase and strengthen the diversity of our lawyers and staff. Through the establishment of a firmwide Diversity Council, several Affinity Groups, local office Diversity Committees, mentoring programs and other diversity-related programs and initiatives, the firm has put diversity in action and committed itself to being a leader with regard to inclusive policies for all firm employees.
By promoting and encouraging members, the Affinity Groups help to sustain an environment that is inclusive and supportive, which fosters both personal and professional success. The firm’s Affinity Groups are as follows:
- African American Affinity Group
- Asian/Pacific Islander Affinity Group
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group
- Hispanic Affinity Group
- Native American Affinity Group
- Women’s Initiative
- The Rising Stars Program
- The Veterans Group