Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Vision Statement

Outten & Golden will embody the diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace that it promotes on behalf of its clients every day. 

Our firm credo of “Excellence and Integrity Above All Else” means that we will:

  • Empower all to be responsible for fostering an inclusive community at O&G;
  • Engage in constructive communication to ensure transparency and accountability;
  • Maintain policies and practices to provide every employee the opportunity to succeed; and,
  • Commit to ongoing reflection, activities and learning in support of cultural competence.

Diversity in Action at Outten & Golden

We appreciate that everyone at Outten & Golden offers unique strengths, talents, and competencies, and that by respecting and honoring each individual we can work together as a cohesive team to provide our clients with the best possible service and legal representation. Through recruitment and advancement, mentoring, training and education, and ongoing communication, we aim to help all of the attorneys and staff develop their skills, achieve their goals, and strengthen internal relationships.

Our Diversity Committee identifies challenges and opportunities, and implements programs and initiatives consistent with our core principles.

Promoting Diversity in Our Communities

Outside the firm, Outten & Golden is committed to seeking diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, both locally and nationally.

Our attorneys and staff frequently write and speak on diversity-related topics, and are actively engaged in organizations such as:

  • AF3IRM/Gabriela Network for Immigrant and Women’s Rights
  • American Bar Association – Commission on Women
  • American Bar Association - Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Human Rights Watch – Women’s Right Division
  • LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association - Committee on Civil Rights Under Law
  • New York City Bar Association - Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights
  • Workplace Fairness.

As a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Women, Outten & Golden partner Wendi Lazar fought for a revision of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that would make it an ethical violation for attorneys to harass or discriminate in the course of their practices, a campaign that culminated in a vote to approve the amendment by the ABA’s House of Delegates in August 2016.

Supporting diverse communities is a critical component of who we are as a firm. For more information regarding our pro bono efforts, please visit the Commitment to Public Interest section of our website.

Diversity Committee

Diversity, inclusiveness, and equity are fundamental to our work at Outten & Golden. As advocates for workplace fairness, we believe in diversity and inclusiveness in all employment and within our own workforce. Thus, our Diversity Committee is dedicated to promoting and fostering diversity and inclusion in every aspect of the firm. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond internal initiatives; we support increased diversity in the legal profession and in particular in expanding the participation of attorneys of color in the labor and employment bar.

The following attorneys and staff are members of the Outten & Golden Diversity Committee: