Diversity & Inclusion


At Sheppard Mullin, we recognize the importance of diversity and the need to create a workplace of inclusion. We need, and our clients demand, a team of attorneys that is as diverse as the world in which we practice. Achieving and maintaining diversity is key to effective client service – a core value of our firm.

At Sheppard Mullin, we ‘walk the talk.’ Our firm was appointed in 2013 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as the federal monitor over the New Orleans Police Department responsible for reviewing, assessing and reporting publicly on the NOPD's compliance with a far reaching Consent Decree involving civil rights and effective, constitutional and professional law enforcement.

Policy of Equality

Everyone in the firm is expected to behave in a professional manner at all times. It is the firm’s policy that its employees enjoy a work environment free from all forms of unlawful discrim­ination, including sexual harassment. Any conduct contrary to this policy is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Any person who violates this policy may be subject to discipline, including immediate termination.

This policy covers all employees and members of this firm, including partners, associates, contract employees, managers, paralegals, persons designated "of counsel," volunteer workers and support staff.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the maintenance of an employment environment which is welcoming of persons from diverse backgrounds and free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, and in which all of the legal rights of our employees are recognized and protected. Unlawful discrimination based upon race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, genetic information, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status and all other characteristics proscribed by law is strictly prohibited.


Because of Sheppard Mullin’s commitment to diversity, the firm has received numerous diversity awards. These include:

  • 2019 Minority Corporate Counsel Association Thomas L. Sager Award Recipient – Recognizes one Am Law 200 law firm that has championed diversity, encouraged equity and inclusion across the organization and is committed to hiring, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys. Winners are selected based on rigorous review and scoring of the nominees’ efforts across recruitment, retention, professional development, promotion and other innovative practices that break down barriers to entry for minorities in the legal profession.

  • 2019 Mansfield Rule 2.0 Certification Plus Status – In addition to receiving the Mansfield Rule 2.0 Certification Plus Status in 2019 by Diversity Lab, we received certification plus for Mansfield 1.0 in 2018 and committed to participate in Mansfield 3.0 in 2020, which adds lawyers with disabilities and increases the metrics firms must report on.
  • 2019 ChIPs Honor Roll Award – For the second year in a row, honored as one of the two Honor Roll Award recipients from the Chiefs in Intellectual Property Board of Directors (ChIPs), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy.
  • Client Recognition – Named as a top law firm service provider for diversity & inclusion initiatives by five prominent Fortune 500 clients in 2015-2018, including PepsiCo, Toyota, Kaiser, Symantec and, in particular, by Starbucks Coffee Company as the recipient of the company's Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award.
  • 2016 California State Bar Law Firm Diversity Award – The only law firm selected to receive the award for sustained efforts in promoting diversity & inclusion in the legal profession.
  • 2016 Minority Corporate Counsel Association Thomas A. Sager Award Finalist – Among three top law firms recognized in the nation for promoting diversity and inclusion efforts.


  • American Lawyer Top Firms for Diversity/2019 Diversity Scorecard – Among the top law firms for diversity in 2019 (#32) and in prior consecutive years.
  • 2019 HRC Corporate Equality Index – For the ninth consecutive year, received a 100% rating of LGBTQ workplace benefits.
  • Law360 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys – Ranked among the best firms for minority attorneys in 2015-2019 (since survey inception). Most recently, firm ranked #4 on 2019 list in the large firm (600+ attorneys) category.
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) – Recognized by LCLC among its list of the top 50 law firms who are the organization's most active member firms in 2017-2019.
  • Working Mother Magazine 2019 Best Law Firms for Women – Recognized among the 2019 list of 60 law firms that are the most committed to advancing women in the legal industry.
  • 2019 Yale Law Women Top Ten Firms for Gender Equity and Top Ten Firms for Family Friendliness – Honored as one of only four law firms to make both lists.
  • WomenInc. Magazine 2019 100 Best Law Firms – Listed among WomenInc. Magazine’s 2019 “Top 100 Law Firms for Women" for committing to female leadership and promotion within our firm.

Diversity Scholarships & Sponsorships

As a part of Sheppard Mullin’s commitment to diversity, the firm annually funds diversity scholarships for diverse law students through the California Bar Foundation, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Hispanic American Bar Association and other legal profession entities. The Firm also presently supports or has supported in the past – through both financial sponsorship and attorney leadership – other diversity bar associations and diversity initiatives for attorneys of color, women attorneys, LGBTQ attorneys and attorneys with disabilities.