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Our Lawyers

Lawyers of Color at Simpson Thacher

Promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels of the Firm enhances our ability to meet the needs of our clients and helps us maintain our leadership role in the legal community. 

Our diversity and inclusion efforts are spearheaded by the Firm's leadership, including our Executive, Diversity, and Women's Committees.  These key groups at the Firm implement intentional and strategic efforts to:  

  1. Attract and recruit the most talented lawyers
  2. Develop every lawyer across all demographics and practice areas
  3. Increase the advancement of women, LGBTQ, and lawyers of color
  4. Foster a community of inclusion where every lawyer can thrive, and
  5. Lead the profession to greater inclusion and representation and strengthen collaborations with clients to maximize impact. 

The partners of our Diversity Committee oversee our diversity and inclusion programs, and engage the entire Simpson community to be part of and contribute to the Firm's efforts.

The Committee receives valuable input from the associates and counsel on our Diversity Advisory Council who actively participate in and contribute to our inclusion efforts.  We believe that recruiting, mentoring, and promoting outstanding professionals from underrepresented backgrounds is the mission of all of our attorneys. 

Female Lawyers at Simpson Thacher

Simpson Thacher is firmly committed to the advancement of our female lawyers. Gender equality is a broad-based goal, involving recruiting, training, mentoring, promotion to partnership and leadership within the Firm and in the wider legal community. Our partner-level Women's Committee, in conjunction with our Women's Advisory Council, which is comprised of both associates and counsel, provides strategic direction for our efforts to promote gender equality throughout the Firm.

We cultivate female attorneys as leaders from the start of their career. We offer women-focused events and programs across levels, including summer associates, attorneys, in addition to alumni and in coordination with clients and outside organizations. And due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to pivot to the online medium, enabling us to reach our community more easily and allowing us to host more female partner-led discussions on relevant topics throughout the summer. 

Our female partners are recognized nationally and globally as practice leaders by Chambers USA, Chambers GlobalChambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, The American LawyerNew York Law Journal, California Daily Journal, Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40,” Euromoney Legal Media Group, IFLR 1000, Law360, The Recorder and Silicon Valley Business Journal.

LGBTQ Lawyers at Simpson Thacher

Simpson Thacher has long been on the forefront of efforts to hire, retain and promote talented LGBTQ lawyers. We embrace and foster mutual respect for individuals of all backgrounds.

Merit-based advancement is a cornerstone of our culture. On both a personal and a professional level—based on our aspirations and on our record—we believe that members of the LGBTQ community feel welcome here and are able to thrive. We reach out to LGBTQ associates from the day they arrive to offer guidance and friendship.

More formally, our LGBTQ Affinity Group, STB Proud, sponsors events to establish a network for new lawyers. Several of our LGBTQ associates serve on the Firm’s Diversity Advisory Council, which provides input to the Diversity Committee on various Firm initiatives.