Our attorneys and staff may come from many ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds, but when it comes to pursuing success for our clients and ourselves, we are cut from the same cloth. We know overcoming challenges, both legal and professional, takes dedication and support from our colleagues.
Founded in 1933, when it was almost impossible for a diverse attorney to thrive at one of Boston’s larger law offices, Mintz Levin was established by two young Jewish attorneys who knew how it felt to be excluded. The firm’s commitment to diversity is a natural outgrowth of their struggle to carve out a more inclusive professional path — a history that helps explain our dedication to celebrating the differences that create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in which to practice law.
My father and his partners were committed to building a firm that was inclusive and progressive in terms of its approach to diversity. He often reminded me that as an immigrant child from the age of six, he had benefited from opportunities, and that it was his joyful duty ‘to give back.’
— Richard Mintz (1921 – 2011)
We strive to support diverse attorneys and have formal and informal mentoring programs to help diverse attorneys succeed. Mintz Levin’s Professional Development programs support the professional growth of our attorneys, with specific programs for women and minority attorneys.
Mintz Levin is a demonstrated leader in promoting the rights of women, people of color, and the LGBT community. Our core values spell out our goal of creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in which to practice law or work in the legal profession.
- Women lead numerous practices at Mintz Levin.
- Nearly half of the attorneys at the firm are women.
- Percentages of women Members and Associates at the firm exceed the NALP average for firms of a similar size.
- In 1993 — a decade before it was mandated by the legislature — the firm was one of the first to offer health benefits for same-sex domestic partners.
- In 1986, two Mintz Levin partners were instrumental in creating the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG), a nonprofit organization founded by a consortium of major Boston firms committed to improving the hiring and retention of lawyers of color.
Rankings & Recognitions
- Gold Standard Certification from Women in Law Empowerment Forum
- Top Ten Family Friendly Firms by the Yale Law Women (2007 – 2008, 2010 – 2012)
- Top 20 Law Firms in the US for diversity efforts by Vault (2010)
- Score of 100% on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (2008 – 2014)
- Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign
- Corporate Courage Award from the City of Boston (2012)