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Kim Koopersmith accepts the Thomas Sager Award, presented to Am Law 200 law firms that champion a more diverse and inclusive workforce and have demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys.

Naming Kim Koopersmith the firm’s first woman chairperson marked an important milestone for Akin Gump and the legal industry. As one of the few women leading an AmLaw 50 law firm, Kim brings a deep commitment that empowers everyone at the firm to work together in moving the needle on diversity and inclusion.

In 2017, we created a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) position that reports directly to the chairperson and is responsible for leading our strategy and executing key initiatives. As CDIO, Nimesh Patel brings an extraordinary track record of public and private sector leadership in diversity and inclusion at the C-suite level.