Foley Announces Updated Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan Driven by Advanced Data Analytics

08 August 2022 Media Contact: Rachel Sisserson News

Today, Foley & Lardner LLP announced its updated five-year Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan. The strategy is driven by a powerful and innovative data analytics tool that marries the firm’s human resources and finance data, allowing the firm to accurately and instantly assess progress on key diversity metrics.

“Foley’s people are our greatest asset, and our updated DEI strategy and data analytics tool will help ensure that everyone receives equitable opportunities for development and advancement,” said Daljit Doogal, Foley Chairman and CEO. “I’m pleased to see the firm embracing technology and innovation to further our DEI efforts and help achieve our vision of one team committed to being leading, strategic partners to our clients.”

With this advanced level of current and historical data collection, Foley can review DEI metrics holistically and more granularly by department, practice group, and office-level. This in-depth analysis is complemented with user-friendly visualizations that delve into talent retention, utilization, work allocation, and more by diversity demographic category across the firm. Furthermore, these bespoke insights will in turn be leveraged through tailored solutions in Foley’s recruitment, development, retention, and promotion efforts, as well as in client relationships.

“We must better understand the nuanced experiences of the many people who fall under the umbrella term ‘diverse,’ and truly acknowledge what works well and what requires improvement,” said Director of Diversity & Inclusion Alexis Robertson. “The adoption of sophisticated data analytics is a key next step in our DEI journey at Foley, and we are committed to quickly identifying areas for improvement, adopting solutions, testing, and driving forward continued progress.”

The updated plan, which dovetails with Foley’s broader talent management efforts, focuses on five objectives that build on the firm’s past successes, align with the firm’s strategic plan, and reflect the firm’s integrated talent approach. An update and extension of Foley’s previous DEI Strategic Plan, the five-year plan is based on the following pillars:

  • Recruitment: Increase the number of diverse (racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, women) attorneys recruited as entry-level and lateral hires.
  • Development: Embed DEI considerations in legal talent development processes and procedures, working to ensure that diverse attorneys receive equitable access to assignments, feedback, professional development, and client opportunities.
  • Promotion: Intentionally diversify the firm’s partnership and leadership positions.
  • Client Engagement and Collaboration: Proactively engage and collaborate with clients to further DEI at Foley and in the legal industry.
  • Education: Foster and support a firmwide organizational culture that values diversity and promotes inclusion by providing DEI education, and related programming, to everyone at Foley.

For more information about Foley's DEI initiatives, visit the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion webpage.

About Foley & Lardner LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP is a preeminent law firm that stands at the nexus of the energy, health care and life sciences, innovative technology, and manufacturing sectors. We look beyond the law to focus on the constantly evolving demands facing our clients and act as trusted business advisors to deliver creative, practical, and effective solutions. Our 1,100 lawyers across 25 offices worldwide partner on the full range of engagements from corporate counsel to IP work and litigation support, providing our clients with a one-team solution to all their needs. For nearly two centuries, Foley has maintained its commitment to the highest level of innovative legal services and to the stewardship of our people, firm, clients, and the communities we serve.