Lowenstein Sandler’s Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is natural to Lowenstein Sandler. We have achieved a diverse workforce by a simple strategy: hiring the best people—people who distinguish themselves from the pack—to fulfill our mission: providing the highest quality legal advice and client service. Our achievement has been organic, not the result of a trend; our longstanding commitment dates back to the firm’s founding and the legacy of Alan Lowenstein, who was a social justice pioneer and community leader. More than two decades ago, we became the first large law firm headquartered in New Jersey to promote to partner an African-American man and Hispanic-American woman. For the past ten years, we have ranked first among large, New Jersey-based firms with the greatest number of minority partners. Through today, Lowenstein Sandler continues to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining and fostering diversity as a natural element of our working environment.

At a time when there is a great deal of press about corporate diversity “initiatives,” we hope to modify the dialogue so that diversity is not viewed as a finite benchmark, and to discuss ways in which it is, and should be, ingrained as part of the business culture. A law firm that appreciates a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and approaches is more likely to attract talented attorneys—and more likely to offer clients the most original, thoughtful, and effective solutions. For several consecutive years, Multicultural Law has named Lowenstein Sandler one of the nation's top 100 law firms for diversity and one of the nation's top 100 law firms for women. In 2008, the magazine also ranked Lowenstein among the top 25 law firms for Hispanics.

Building on our commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession, in 2009 Lowenstein Sandler launched DiversityisNatural.com, a new Web site dedicated to fostering the advancement of women and minority attorneys. Featuring articles written by judges, in-house attorneys, and other prominent legal professionals, DiversityisNatural.com will tackle critical issues associated with cultivating and maintaining a diverse working environment, such as mentoring, work-life balance, recruiting and retention, career advancement and professional development.

We have also implemented innovative, hands-on policies and programs to recruit, retain, and promote lawyers from diverse social, economic, cultural, and personal backgrounds. We reinforce our commitment at all levels, from senior management, throughout partnership ranks, within associate recruiting, training, and mentoring programs, and among staff. From campus recruiting to lateral outreach to skills-building workshops, our award-winning programs provide the enrichment, development, and mentoring that build a pipeline of opportunity and career growth.

For specific policies and programs, please see our diversity program highlights.

Mary J. Hildebrand
Chair, Diversity Committee