Akin Gump Earns Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certified Plus Status

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump is proud to announce that Diversity Lab has designated Akin Gump as a Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certified Plus law firm. In order to earn this certification, the firm completed a rigorous 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab that emphasized measurement, transparency and accountability.

The Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification distinction confirms that Akin Gump affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. “Plus” status indicates that, in addition to meeting or exceeding the candidate pool consideration requirements for certification, Akin Gump successfully reached at least 30 percent diverse lawyer representation in a notable number of its current leadership roles and committees. (Learn more about the Mansfield Rule from Diversity Lab here.)

Commenting on the certification, Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith said, “Ensuring that we are developing a pipeline of diverse and talented individuals at all levels of our firm, and that we are giving these individuals the tools needed to thrive, has long been an area of focus for us. I am very pleased that our efforts have been validated by this certification, which affirms that we are moving closer to our goal of becoming a more inclusive firm.”

Akin Gump achieved Mansfield Rule Certified Plus status last year as well, the firm’s first year participating in this industry-wide initiative (learn more here).

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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