Katten Designated Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus Law Firm

CHICAGO, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Katten today announced that the firm has achieved Mansfield Certified Plus 2022 status, marking the second consecutive year the firm has achieved at least 30% representation of underrepresented lawyers in a notable number of current leadership positions.

“We are working hard to meet and exceed the Mansfield Rule certification criteria as we are committed to diversifying the legal industry and leadership ranks at Katten by creating pipelines for women, lawyers of color and LGBTQ+ lawyers. “said Leslie Minier, Chief Diversity Partner at Katten.

Thanks to Katten’s efforts, the company has notably achieved year-over-year increases over the past two years in hiring senior executives. For example, this year more than half of Katten’s side partners hired were diverse, and that number is higher when it comes to various fourth-year and higher associates joining Katten, in addition to a diverse class of summer associates. During the Mansfield 5.0 certification process, a number of lawyers have also held leadership positions as practice leaders and board members, ensuring diversity is represented at all levels of management.

It is equally important to support all lawyers in their career goals and to create a more inclusive workplace at Katten, according to mining.

“Through programs ranging from mentorship and sponsorship to business development boot camps, we strive to provide equitable opportunities for professional growth and career advancement for our lawyers so that everyone – especially historically underrepresented lawyers – can succeed at all levels”, mining said.

For example, Katten expanded its Kattalyst sponsorship program this year to a year-long professional development program, pairing various senior associates and income partners as proteges with corporate executives and high-level partners as as sponsors, who use their knowledge and business connections to open more doors of opportunity for underrepresented lawyers.

Another offering was this summer’s Diversity Summit, designed to provide various summer attorneys and associates with insight into ways to navigate their careers, identify and overcome barriers, and build successful relationships. This fall, the Katten Women’s Leadership Forum offered female lawyers a two-part business development boot camp, providing practical advice on how to create winning pitch materials, conduct successful pitch meetings and land new jobs.

Additionally, Katten regularly associates with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and participates in the Fellows and Pathfinder professional development training programs.

The Mansfield Rule is a winning idea proposed in 2016 at Diversity Lab’s Women in Law hackathon and was named after Arabelle Mansfieldthe first woman admitted to practice law in United States. Katten was a member of the inaugural Mansfield Rule cohort and has renewed participation and met certification requirements each year.

Since its launch, the parameters of the program have been expanded to consider at least 30% women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities when choosing candidates for the highest leadership positions as well as for critical talent pipeline activities, such as pitch team staffing, senior-level lateral hires, and equity partnership promotions. Certification Plus status indicates that the company has actually achieved diversity in leadership positions, not just considered it.

Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys across United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for advice locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s main practice areas include corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, private credit and private wealth. Katten represents public and private companies in many sectors, as well as a number of governmental and non-profit organizations and individuals. For more information, visit katten.com.


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