Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are committed to the journey toward greater inclusivity for our firm, our clients and the communities where we live and work.

Our Approach

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values here at Goodwin. Our mission is to become the most diverse, equitable, and inclusive firm in the industry.

People

We support our people by implementing systems that help us disrupt bias, eliminate hidden barriers to success, and promote equity. Initiatives include:

  • Structured interviewing
  • Updates to annual review and other processes
  • Mansfield Rule, certified and original signatory
Culture

We raise awareness; build diversity, equity, and inclusion competency; and create space for connection. These actions help us achieve our goal of fostering a sense of belonging for everyone. Initiatives include:

  • Upstander tips
  • Annual Week of Inclusion
  • Allyship education
  • Affinity group programming
Leadership

We provide learning and giving-back opportunities for our clients to help them achieve their own diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Initiatives include:

  • Unprecedented Conversations speaker series
  • Continuing legal education, community service, and pro bono offerings
  • Advisory services

Our Commitment

In January 2020, we announced bold public retention and advancement goals to be achieved in the next five years. By 2025, we have challenged ourselves to reach the below diversity milestones for our senior associate, partner promotion and leadership classes in regard to LGBTQ+, racio-ethnic, gender and demographic representation.

We regularly track progress against these goals by reviewing our lawyer population, hiring, and elevation data with our affinity group leaders. We strive to ensure that our work allocation, client development opportunities, and performance evaluation processes are equitable. We will know we have succeeded when all gaps in our pipeline are closed, our leader representation is highly diverse, and our employee experience is equally positive across all demographic groups, as measured with a firmwide inclusion survey.

Celebrating Diversity, Championing Inclusion

Explore this interactive feature to learn about key events, unprecedented initiatives, and major moments during our diversity, equity, and inclusion journey.

Affinity Groups

The leaders of our affinity groups collaborate with firm management to advance our diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Annual retreats provide opportunities for group members to strengthen bonds, share knowledge, and grow professionally. Local councils in each office work to build community, offer training, host events, and support historically underrepresented populations.

BOLD@Goodwin promotes the gathering, recruitment, retention, and career mobility of Black professionals at Goodwin by supporting cultural awareness, professional development, collegial support, and greater visibility for diversity within the firm. BOLD works to create an inclusive environment where members from any background can benefit from and share a passion for Black success.

Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CRED) seeks to foster a deeper sense of community and engagement for lawyers of color and to help them navigate life at Goodwin. CRED has also developed an initiative to specifically support our women lawyers of color.

Pride@Goodwin focuses on recruiting, advancing, and retaining LGBTQ+ lawyers and promoting a culture of inclusion across the firm. Pride has partnered with US organizations such as GLAD, The National LGBTQ Bar Association and the Transgender Law Center to develop and produce a series of pro bono participation events.

Women@Goodwin focuses on advancing and retaining women lawyers at Goodwin. We are increasingly employing an intersectional approach as part of our DEI strategy and initiatives, including supporting a CRED initiative dedicated to engaging and supporting women lawyers of color.

Sponsorships

We actively support the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113, which encourages legal service providers to expand and create opportunities for diverse lawyers and urges legal services buyers to direct a greater percentage of their legal spending toward diverse lawyers.

We are a signatory to the American Bar Association’s Pledge for Change: Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession, which affirms our commitment to employees with disabilities.

We are an original signatory to the Mansfield Rule and have received Mansfield certification.

We have participated in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity since its inception, and our lawyers consistently participate in its Fellowship and Pathfinders programs.

Get in Touch

Yakiry Adal
Managing Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
+1 212 459 7085
yadal@goodwinlaw.com

Carrie Gilman
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
+1 212 459 7286
cgilman@goodwinlaw.com

Prisnel Dominique
Managing Director of User Experience, Chair of BOLD@Goodwin
+1 617 305 6587
pdominique@goodwinlaw.com

Andy Sucoff
Partner, Executive Sponsor of BOLD@Goodwin
+1 617 570 1995
asucoff@goodwinlaw.com

Chris Wilson
Partner, Co-Chair of CRED@Goodwin
+1 617 570 3925
cwilson@goodwinlaw.com

Calvin Wingfield
Partner, Co-Chair of CRED@Goodwin
+1 212 459 7049
cwingfield@goodwinlaw.com

Koray Bulut
Partner, Co-Chair of Pride@Goodwin
+1 415 733 6009
kbulut@goodwinlaw.com

James Mattus
Partner, Co-Chair of Pride@Goodwin
+1 617 570 3916
jmattus@goodwinlaw.com

Sarah Solomon
Partner, Co-Chair of Women@Goodwin
+1 617 570 1430
ssolomon@goodwinlaw.com

Huiya Wu
Partner, Co-Chair of Women@Goodwin
+1 212 459 7270
hwu@goodwinlaw.com