Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce it has been named to Bloomberg Law’s second Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Framework. Hunton Andrews Kurth is one of 43 U.S.-based firms recognized for its distinguished performance within Bloomberg Law’s six core pillars: demographics, leadership and talent pipeline, recruitment and retention, business innovation and strategy, marketing, and diversity and inclusion in the community.

Acknowledged by Bloomberg Law, Hunton Andrews Kurth is honored for the second consecutive year for its exceptional efforts to champion diversity and inclusion. Last year, the firm earned a placement in Bloomberg Law’s inaugural DEI Framework. 

“We are proud of our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at Hunton Andrews Kurth and continuously aim to promote a culture of collaboration, respect, involvement and empowerment within our firm, for our clients and for our community,” said Shemin V. Proctor, one of three diverse partners who make up the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Hunton Andrews Kurth established its first Diversity Committee 30 years ago.

“The desire to incorporate DEI into the selection process for outside legal services presents a new challenge for the industry, but Hunton Andrews Kurth has distinguished itself as a law firm worthy of consideration,” said Joe Breda, President, Bloomberg Law. “Through a demonstrated commitment to DEI, Hunton Andrews Kurth is helping to move the legal industry forward and we recognize their performance by naming them as a member of our 2022 DEI Framework.”

Bloomberg Law’s DEI Framework was developed in 2021 in collaboration with Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index team, as well as diversity leads at corporations and U.S.-based law firms. Performance was assessed across more than 85 metrics, each associated with one of the framework’s six core pillars.

Among the key findings of the 2022 report:

  • There are meaningful differences between firms who made the list of 2022 DEI Framework member firms and those who did not. Among firms who made the list, 54% said practice group leaders have clear diversity and inclusion goals included as part of their annual performance review, while only 10% of non-member firms said their practice group leaders have these goals.
  • Eighty-three percent of firms say they have a chief diversity officer, and nearly all (91%) have a public statement regarding their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Nearly all (97.7%) member firms provide opportunities for attorneys to voluntarily disclose disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression through firm collection procedures, compared to 40% of non-member firms.
  • Women make up half (50.8%) of all law firm associates, and just under a third (29.4%) of partners. Six percent of firm associates and 2.7% of partners are Black, 11.3% of associates and 4.2% of partners are Asian American.
  • This year, 70% of firms require diversity in the pool of candidates for management and leadership positions, up from 58% last year.

View the Bloomberg Law 2022 DEI Framework.