The office has two Hispanic or Latino partners, an Asian partner, and two partners of two or more races, according to the NALP.
In a statement, Morgan Lewis said it does have attorneys of color as partners in its Boston office, as well as a significant number of women partners, including both of the office’s co-managing partners, Sula Fiszman and Joanne Foley. (Eighteen of the 85 Boston partners listed on the firm’s website are women.) The firm does not view its offices as silos and instead measures diversity on a firmwide basis, it said.
It acknowledged, however, that there is room for growth on the issue. “We, like other large law firms, still have work to do and continually challenge ourselves to do better,” it said.
Morgan Lewis isn’t the only firm struggling with diversity issues in Boston. As of last year, only 3.8 percent of Boston partners were minorities, compared with an average of 7.1 percent across the U.S, according to the National Association of Law Placement.
The number of attorneys of color in corporate legal departments, meanwhile, appears to be increasing. A 2013 survey by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association found that 7.2 percent of Fortune 1000 chief legal officers were attorneys of color, nearly double the percentage of minority partners in Boston.
General counsel across Boston appear to be taking more of an interest in firms’ diversity, according to Holland Knight LLP partner Steven Wright, who oversees that firm’s Boston office.
“Over time, it’s going to have more and more impact in the selection of law firms,” he said.
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