Diversity & Inclusion

At Foley, diversity is both a moral imperative and a competitive advantage. Drawing on diverse perspectives, we can uncover innovative legal solutions for your most challenging business problems.

Foley embraces and strives for diversity not only in terms of our people, but also in the unique ideas and perspectives each person brings to the firm. The strength and success of our law firm requires the inclusion of people with different insights and experiences, which results in more creative and innovative solutions to your legal and business challenges. As we work to promote diversity and inclusion at Foley, it all comes together for a single goal: providing you with the highest level of service and innovative legal thinking.


Foley is dedicated to fostering an environment that embraces differences, promotes equality, and engenders mutual respect, thereby creating a culture of inclusion where everyone has the opportunity to excel. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse attorneys, thereby resulting in a diversity of perspectives that benefits the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we practice.

Diversity & Inclusion at Foley By the Numbers

Of Department Chairs Are Diverse*
Of Our Management Committee Is Diverse
U.S. Office Managing Partners Are Diverse
Of 2021 Partnership Class Was Diverse
Of Our Partners Are Women
Of Our Partners Are Ethnically Diverse
* Gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities

Our Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion

We are proud that Foley has adopted a Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan. The goal of our strategy is simple: to provide the best service to our clients by attracting, developing, retaining and promoting the best talent. Following is a summary of the three strategic objectives.

Development Promotion 
Establish a culture of accountability that promotes diversity and inclusion.   Ensure all individuals receive meaningful and challenging assignments and opportunities that help them develop professionally and succeed.   Intentionally identify, train, and promote qualified individuals.

Foley's Affinity Advantage

We recognize the importance of providing our diverse talent with community-building and networking opportunities. We have firm-wide affinity groups for women, ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans. These groups help reinforce a sense of community, provide collaborative business development opportunities, and participate in mentoring and recruiting activities. 

Affinity Group Pillars

Our firm-wide affinity groups focus on professional development, community and bar association involvement, recruitment and retention, as well as awareness and advocacy within their respective communities.


  Professional Development      Recruiting and Retention 
  Community and Bar Association     Awareness and Advocacy


Affinity Group Leadership

Foley’s affinity groups serve as a catalyst to promote inclusion, build community, and provide leadership opportunities for diverse attorneys within the firm. These attorney-led groups meet regularly, setting their own agendas tailored to the needs of their members. Below please find a list of the leadership of Foley’s national affinity groups along with links to their individual appearances on The Path & The Practice podcast.

Black Attorneys Affinity Group

Phillips, Philip B. Madavo, Sara P.
Phil Phillips
Partner, Detroit 
Episode 11
Sara Madavo
Partner, New York
Episode 26

Asian, Pacific, and Middle Eastern Attorneys Affinity Group

Jensen, Adrian L. Joseph, Jessica E. 
Adrian Jensen
Partner, Washington, D.C.
Episode 31 
Jessica Joseph
Senior Counsel, Boston

LGBTQ & Allies Affinity Group

Lord Jr, John S. Ridley, Eileen R. 
Jack Lord
Partner, Miami
Episode 5
Eileen Ridley
Partner, San Francisco
 Episode 32

Hispanic Attorneys Affinity Group

Guerrero, Jaime B.
Jaime Guerrero
Partner, Miami 
Episode 67
Jessica Gonzalez
Associate, Houston
Episode 37

Veterans & Allies Affinity Group

Pancake, Taylor C. McMahon, Patrick J. 
Taylor Pancake
Partner, Orlando
Patrick McMahon
Associate, Chicago
Episode 7

Women Attorneys Network

Warren, Adria
Adria Warren
Partner, Boston
Episode 28
Sarah Slack
Partner, Boston/Los Angeles
Episode 70

Inclusive Recruiting

We are committed to hiring diverse talent. To achieve this goal, we work in collaboration with law school affinity groups and participate in recruiting with other external organizations focused on diversity in the legal profession.
Law School Outreach: Foley is committed to recruiting diverse attorneys. We consciously reach out to law student associations at schools across the country to cultivate personal relationships with diverse law students and to build a pipeline of diverse recruits. We partner with law schools to deliver customized programs to raise our visibility and strengthen our ties with diverse law students. Additionally, we partner with diverse student groups across the country to host informative panel during which our attorneys discuss topics of interest to law students and share their professional and personal experiences related to diversity and working in a large law firm.

Diversity Career Fairs: Foley also is an active supporter of diversity career fairs across the nation. Listed below are some of the fairs in which was participate. 

  • Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
  • Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”) Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • Penn Law BLSA 1L Career Fair
  • Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair

Supporting a New Generation: We actively participate in a number of pipeline programs that promote careers in the legal profession to diverse students and ensure that our communities retain and improve their diversity, including:

  • Lawyers in the Classroom, a mock trial program for Chicago inner-city elementary students
  • Street Law, a nonprofit that teaches high school students in underprivileged communities about law, democracy, and human rights.
  • Mentors to the students at Legal Prep Charter Academy, the only legal-themed high school in Illinois. Their goal is to prepare their students, all of whom are African American or Hispanic American, for a legal career. Our Chicago office is a funding sponsor of the Legal Prep Charter Academy.
  • Supports the Detroit Athletic League, which uses sports to build character in young people.

Foley Diversity Fellowship: Foley is pleased to continue our long-standing commitment to diversity through the Diversity Fellowship Program, which began with in 1998. Through our Diversity Fellowship Program, we are proud to offer fellowships to second-year J.D. students who share our values by demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. Each Diversity Fellow receives a weekly salary throughout our 10-week summer program, plus a total of $20,000, which will be paid in two equal amounts: $10,000 following successful completion of the 2022 summer associate program and $10,000 paid within thirty days after joining the firm as an associate/law graduate.*

Applications will be accepted from second-year J.D. students (Class of 2023) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law. Foley is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disabled. Access the Diversity Fellowship Application here.

To view current 2022 Summer Program openings, click here. For additional questions, contact Clare Anderson, Legal Recruiting Specialist, at cvanderson@foley.com.

*Fellowship awards are taxable. 

Supporting D&I in the Legal Profession

We support a broad range of outside organizations dedicated to diversity & inclusion in the legal profession. Here’s a list of some of the many organizations that we are proud to support:

Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago   National LGBT Bar Association 
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity    National Bar Association 
Corporate Counsel Women of Color    California Minority Counsel Program 
Hispanic National Bar Association    National Asian Pacific American Bar Association 
Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund    South Asian Bar Association of North America 
Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund    Charting Your Own Course 
LAGBAC Foundation Lawyers for Diversity     

Supporting Community

Effective July 7, 2021 Foley and Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched a national partnership to support BGCA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, rooted in its commitment to promoting safe, positive and inclusive environments for all. Foley is the first law firm to partner with the BGCA on a national scale. This national partnership builds on and continues the work that Foley and BGCA have been doing regionally together for the last few years. Together as national partners, Foley and BGCA will elevate the powerful message of DEI and activate the potential of kids, Clubs and communities to build more inclusive and equitable futures. For more on the partnership, click here.

Foley will provide support in all 22 communities in which the firm practices domestically by partnering and engaging with local Clubs serving primarily economically disadvantaged communities with significant Black populations.

The Path & The Practice Podcast

The Path & The PracticeThe Path & The Practice, an innovative podcast produced by Foley & Lardner LLP, has acquired more than 20,000 downloads since its launch in July 2020. The podcast explores the professional origin stories of Foley attorneys. Each episode features Alexis Robertson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, in a one-on one conversation with a new attorney exploring their unique background, path to law school, path to Foley, and individual perspective on the practice of law. You can subscribe and listen to the podcast on all major podcast platforms and access it on our Legal Talent Development Careers Blog. Or scroll down for a full list in the Insights section of this page.


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