Fish & Richardson Receives Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification Plus From Diversity Lab | Financial Buzz

Fish & Richardson Receives Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification Plus From Diversity Lab

Fish & Richardson has received the highest designation of Mansfield Rule, 4.0 Certified Plus, from Diversity Lab for successfully reaching at least 30% diverse lawyer representation in a notable number of current leadership roles. The firm has achieved certified status every year since participating in the Mansfield Rule’s inaugural pilot in 2017.

“Fish is deeply committed to increasing the diversity in law firm leadership and is proud to partner with Diversity Lab to implement meaningful change both within the firm and throughout the legal community,” said Fish Chief Operating Officer Kristine McKinney, who previously served as the firm’s chief legal talent & inclusion officer.

The Mansfield Rule certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30% women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Fish’s designation comes after a 12-month certification process, which included frequent firm check-ins, data collection, and ongoing collaboration through monthly group knowledge sharing meetings.

Inspired by the NFL’s Rooney Rule, the Mansfield Rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab. The program’s elements and operations are grounded in behavioral science research, including the 30% requirement, which researchers have found is the critical mass necessary to disrupt biases. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for opportunities.

“Having a diverse team at all levels of our firm enhances the quality of legal services we provide to our clients and strengthens the fabric of Fish,” added Ahmed J. Davis, principal and national chair of Fish’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative. “We are gratified to again receive this designation from Diversity Lab.”

Diversity and inclusion is a strategic priority at Fish. To further this commitment, the firm has implemented a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, with the mission to promote a creative, respectful, and inclusive culture that values the diversity of people, experiences, perspectives, talents, and capabilities, allowing Fish to thrive. Recognizing that diverse backgrounds provide unique perspectives and having a team that reflects the diversity of the public enhances the quality of legal services we provide to our clients, we work hard to attract, retain, and advance diverse legal staff. To help us achieve our goals, the firm has a robust 1L Diversity Fellowship program, launched in 2005, which awards scholarships and summer associate positions to diverse first-year law students throughout the country. In 2021, we hosted our largest class of Diversity Fellows and are proud to share that all will return for a second summer.

The firm also has several diversity, equity, and inclusion affinity and allyship groups and programs, including a multifaceted Racial Justice Initiative, which includes increased training, a comprehensive resource hub, and increased racial justice pro bono and community engagement. Through the initiative we have presented quarterly firmwide Town Halls that engage our diverse legal staff and business services professionals to speak candidly about their experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, Fish’s EMPOWER Women’s Initiative focuses on addressing issues unique to women in the legal profession, increasing opportunities for networking and mentoring relationships, and providing tools and resources to position the firm’s women for success.

The firm was recently selected as a Best Law Firm for Women for the fourth consecutive year by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) and a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, among other honors.

About Fish & Richardson

Fish & Richardson, the premier global intellectual property law firm, is trusted by the world’s most innovative and influential companies. From patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution and counseling to our full-service litigation practice, we work together to provide our clients with exceptional advocacy across the life cycle of intellectual property needs in the U.S. and around the world. Our deep bench of attorneys with first-chair trial experience in every technology makes us the go-to firm for the most technically complex cases. Fish was established in 1878, and now has more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the U.S., Europe, and China. Our success is rooted in our creative and inclusive culture, which values the diversity of people, experiences, and perspectives. For more information, visit or follow us at @FishRichardson.


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