As a Firm that serves the world’s greatest visionaries, we know that creativity and innovation almost inevitably are the result of seeing the world from multiple different perspectives. Having a diverse team enhances the quality of legal services we provide to our clients, sustains our standing as a premier IP law firm, and strengthens the fabric of our firm. Our mission is to promote a creative, respectful, and inclusive culture that values the diversity of people, experiences, perspectives, talents, and capabilities, thereby allowing Fish & Richardson to thrive.
1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Launched in 2005, Fish & Richardson’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides annual fellowships to diverse first-year law students throughout the country. The Program represents a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.
The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: Each selected Fellow receives a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices during the summer of 2020; mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and a scholarship reward of up to $30,000. Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; $10,000 to those returning as a 2L summer associate at Fish for the full 10 weeks of the summer program; and $15,000 to those who join the firm as an associate after law school graduation.
For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.
To contact a member of the Diversity Committee, please email [email protected].
Diversity & Inclusion Awards
Fish & Richardson is involved in a broad range of diversity efforts nationwide to further the diversity of our firm and the legal community, and we are gratified about the recent recognition we have received as one of the country’s top firms for diversity.
- 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 Included in the Top 10 (among firms with 300-599 lawyers) of Law 360’s Diversity Snapshot.
- 2020, 2019, 2018, “Best Place to Work,” Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.
- 2020 Mansfield 3.0 “Certified” and 2018, 2019 Mansfield 1.0 & 2.0 “Certified Plus,” by Diversity Lab.
- 2020, 2018, 2018, “Best Law Firms for Women,” Working Mother.
- 2019, “2019 Diversity Leader Award,” Dr. Teresa Lavoie, Profiles in Diversity Journal.
- 2019, “Top 10 Percent” of law firms for diversity, American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard.
- 2019, “Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion,” The Recorder’s California Leaders in Tech Law and Innovations Awards.
- 2019, ranked #1 in “Best Law Firms for Intellectual Property,” Vault.
- 2019, 2018 “Compass Award,” and 2017, 2016, “Top Performer,” Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).
- 2019, 2018, 2017, “Top Ten Firm for Gender Equity,” “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms,” and “Highest Percentage of Attorneys Who Have Worked Part-Time Schedules in the Last 5 Years Promoted to Equity Partner in 2018,” by Yale Law Women.
- 2019, 2018, 2017, “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys,” Law360.
- 2018, “Gold Standard Certification,” Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF).
- 2018, “Leadership Award,” Minnesota Women Lawyers.
- 2018, “Top 10 Innovations in Diversity Award,” Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Black Legal Staff Affinity Group (BLS)
The BLS (“Black Legal Staff”) Affinity Group (BlackFISH), formally organized in 2006, was created to increase the retention, advancement, and professional development of African American/Black lawyers, technology specialists, and patent agents within the firm. The BLS Affinity Group provides feedback and input to the Diversity Committee as well as the Marketing and Recruiting departments regarding innovative ways to improve the firm’s diversity efforts related to recruiting, retaining, advancing, and developing diverse legal staff. The BLS Affinity Group is open to all Fish attorneys, technology specialists and patent agents.
Hispanic-Latino Affinity Group (HLS)
Fish’s Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group provides opportunities for all members of the Firm, regardless of ethnic background or racial affiliation, to network and discuss topics of interest to Hispanic and Latino attorneys and technical specialists. The Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group embodies the talents and strengths of Hispanic and Latino attorneys and technical specialists across the Firm and focuses on education, mentoring, networking, recruitment, retention, pro bono initiatives, and business development. The Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group is a result of the Firm’s recognition and commitment to diversity in every aspect of Firm life and is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics and Latino attorneys and technology specialists at the Firm.
Asian Legal Staff Affinity Group (ALS)
Fish recognizes the importance of fostering an inclusive work environment which recognizes and values the diverse perspectives and contributions of each member of the Firm. The establishment of the Asian Legal Staff Affinity Group (ALS) will assist in furthering the firm’s commitment to provide equal opportunities which support the recruitment, retention, professional development, and advancement of its legal staff. The Asian Legal Staff Affinity Group was created to provide a sense of community within the Firm and a forum to network and discuss topics of common interest to Asian attorneys and technology specialists. Membership in the Asian Legal Staff Affinity Group is open to all attorneys and technology specialists of the Firm, regardless of whether they self-identify as Asian.
GLBT Affinity Group
Based on the success that firm affinity groups have had in providing support to their respective participants, projecting the firm’s commitment to diversity to our clients, colleagues and communities, and in keeping with the firm’s diversity initiative, the firm authorized the formation of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) affinity group for our legal staff. It is important to note that participation in the GLBT Affinity Group is not limited to persons who self-identify as a member of the GLBT community. Many of our legal staff may be allies, have family members, friends or know others who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and/or otherwise have an interest in the issues surrounding same. We welcome your participation, if you have an interest in issues that pertain to this group.
Fish has also been designated as a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in its recently-released 2019 Corporate Equality Index, which assessed U.S. companies on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. Fish was one of less than 100 law firms to receive the highest possible rating of 100 percent. Ratings are based on providing equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses; ending benefits discrimination for transgender employees and dependents; demonstrating firm-wide organizational competency on LGBT issues; and demonstrating firm-wide public commitment to and engagement with the LGBT community.
Affinity Group Campaigns
Fish is proud of the growing work members of our minority groups put into Affinity Group Campaigns. In 2019, Fish has celebrated Black History Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by highlighting influential inventors in IP.
EMPOWER Women’s Initiative
Fish & Richardson’s Women’s Initiative was formalized under the name EMPOWER in 2009 to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of the women in law and provide expanded professional and business development opportunities, mentoring, training, and support.
Through EMPOWER, we provide educational and substantive programming on various topics, facilitate one-to-one mentoring relationships, and have developed women’s forums and mentoring circles in our local offices. We regularly host innovative programs with specific emphasis on building the leadership and business development skills of our women. One of our signature programs, “Meet the Principal” is a series of firmwide videoconferences in which our women principals are interviewed throughout the year. Fish annually hosts Leadership Through Enrichment, Action, and Diversity (L.E.A.D.) Retreats for our women attorneys and their clients. These retreats, which rotate throughout the firm’s offices, feature CLE panels, career development and networking opportunities.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Fish & Richardson is devoted to encouraging diversity among the firm and across the legal profession. We base employment decisions on personal capabilities and qualifications without discriminating because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. We prohibit and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any applicable legally-protected status.