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A&O wins Law Firm Diversity Award

A&O today announced it has received the Law Firm Diversity Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). The annual award recognizes a single law firm for its commitment to improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) within the legal profession. 

U.S. senior partner Tim House said, “A&O is honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of numerous lawyers who have worked tirelessly to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. A&O is committed to sustaining an equitable atmosphere for all attorneys and mirrors the mission of AABANY, which has accomplished tremendous success through its efforts. We look forward to building upon our past work and growing our future partnership.”

AABANY awarded A&O this recognition based on four main criteria:

  • a formal diversity plan committed to the retention and promotion of women and diverse attorneys;
  • an established diversity pipeline of talent;
  • external participation in diversity programs with organizations such as AABANY; and
  • the furtherance of AABANY’s mission, which includes the active and affirmative recruitment, retention, promotion, and development of Asian lawyers in New York City.

In recognizing A&O, AABANY noted that “A&O believes the firm thrives when individual differences are embraced. The firm prioritizes the representation of people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds at all levels. It also works hard to build a culture of allyship, where everyone at A&O works to understand the challenges diverse individuals face and plays their part in removing those challenges.”

A&O has been strongly committed to advancing DE&I across the legal profession. The firm has received several recognitions including achieving Mansfield Certification Plus for the last two years, being rated as a “Best Place to Work” by Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, as well as the Ethnicity Awards 2021 and Women in Law Awards for Gender Diversity Project of the Year, among others. Notably, the New York City Bar Association awarded Sapna Palla, a partner in the firm’s IP practice and a former President of AABANY, the prestigious 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award for her dedication to creating and sustaining a more inclusive environment within A&O and the legal community at large.

A&O will be honored with the award at the AABANY Gala on April 28, 2022.

About The Asian American Bar Association of New York

The Asian American Bar Association of New York was formed in 1989 as a not-for-profit corporation to represent the interests of New York Asian-American attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, legal assistants or paralegals and law students. The mission of AABANY is to improve the study and practice of law, and the fair administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of Asian-Americans in the legal profession.

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