- There was a small increase in the percentage of white partners but a decline in the percentages of racially and ethnically underrepresented, female, and LGBTQ+ partners
- Sadly, the attrition rates for African-American/Black and Asian attorneys were the largest among racial groups.
- In 2020, most law firms did not hire a single attorney self-identified as either Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, or having a disability. Not one.
- White attorneys were almost twice as likely to become partners roles than other racial groups
- Male attorneys were twice as likely to make equity partner as female attorneys. Female attorneys were substantially more likely to be hired as associates versus male attorneys.
- LGBTQ+ attorneys were substantially less likely to be made partners than non-LGBTQ+ attorneys.
- Attorneys with a disability were underrepresented at every level.
- The number of racially and ethnically underrepresented attorneys and white female attorneys who lead firm-wide committees, serve on compensation committees and serve as hiring partners actually went down. The number of white men in leadership positions increased substantially n 2020.
- The representation of LGBTQ+ attorneys on partner review committees did increase but the numbers who lead local offices, practice groups or departments went down.
- For both years and all firm sizes, male attorneys constituted the highest percentages of equity partners. The average male and female equity partner percentages were 80% and 20%.
- White attorneys constituted the highest percentages of associates (from 70% to 79%) within firms. The overwhelming majority of associate hires (approximately 70%) were white men. Obviously, we aren’t going to see much diversity change in partnership ranks for some time to come, if ever.
- White attorneys compose 77% to 100% of equity partners’ ranks. The majority of promotions from associate to either equity and non-equity partner were white (75% to 89%). The majority of associates who became equity partners were white (roughly between 60% to 70%)
- 60% of the associates who made non-equity partners were male.
- 60% — 70% of those in firm leadership positions were white men.
- The top 10% of the highest paid attorneys (and thus those with real power in the firm) were “overwhelmingly dominated” by white men (approximately 71%). Only 13% of white females were among the most highly paid.
Equity partners are mainly white men. The associates being hired are mainly white men. Those who are in leadership positions are mostly white. And the highest paid lawyers? Again almost all white
I think you get the picture. Equity partners are mainly white men. The associates being hired are mainly white men. Those who are in leadership positions are mostly white. And the highest paid lawyers? Again almost all white.