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.

Mintz Levin was founded during the middle of the Great Depression by two young lawyers with formidable entrepreneurial drive who were determined to forge their own path to success. Over lunch one day, Benjamin Levin and Haskell Cohn crafted an ambitious vision for their new law firm. Respect, excellent client service, and a can-do attitude – but further distinguished by the important traits of inclusion, innovation, and collaboration. These founding principles have made our firm a dynamic place to practice law and a pipeline for thought leadership. Now 500 lawyers and eight offices strong, we are dedicated to celebrating the characteristics that make each of us unique, just as Ben and Haskell envisioned in 1933.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Percentages of diverse Members at the firm exceed the NALP average for firms of a similar size.
  • Over half the firm's associates are women.
  • 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

  • In 2017, Mintz joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of more than 275 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse legal profession.
  • Top Ten Family Friendly Firms by the Yale Law Women (2007 – 2008, 2010 – 2012, 2016)
  • Score of 100% on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (2008 – 2018)
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum - Gold Standard Certification (2011, 2012, and 2015)
  • Top 20 Law Firms in the US for diversity efforts by Vault (2010)

In looking at law firms, I wanted to find a place I could really call home, a place where I could spend my entire legal career. I wasn’t interested in going from firm to firm. I was looking for a place that was inclusive and recognized and appreciated diversity of perspective, culture, and background, and a place where I could really fit in. I found that at Mintz Levin.

— Reena Thadhani, Member
— Reena Thadhani, Member

There was a partner here with a large number of higher education clients. It was great to be able to raise my hand and say, ‘I’m interested in learning that,’ and then have the firm say, ‘We won’t look outside for this capability; we’ll see how you develop.

— Tyrone Thomas, Member
— Tyrone Thomas, Member

In my previous career, I never discussed my sexual orientation at work, even with my friends. At Mintz Levin, it’s never been an issue…. From the beginning, I loved it here and it felt right for me.

— Maryann Civitello, Member
— Maryann Civitello, Member

Our commitment to diversity is not new. In 1986, two Mintz Levin partners conceived of and founded the Boston Lawyers Group, a collaborative consortium of law firms dedicated to building diversity in the legal profession in Boston. The commitment to diversity that led our firm to spearhead this effort 25 years ago continues to prevail at Mintz Levin to this day.

— Andy Urban, Vice Chairman
— Andy Urban, Vice Chairman

Diversity Initiatives

  • The Diversity Committee reflects the firm’s diversity and meets monthly to formulate and adopt policies that impact recruiting, retention, mentoring, and work allocation.
  • The Richard Mintz Summer Associate Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a law student from a diverse background and provides $10,000 toward the student’s tuition for the third year of law school as well as a paid summer position in the firm’s Boston or New York office between the student’s second and third years.
  • The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Group has been meeting regularly since 2003 and provides opportunities for mutual support, sharing concerns, and informal mentoring for the firm’s LGBT attorneys and staff members.
  • MIATTY is an affinity group for minority attorneys and senior professionals that seeks to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the firm. MIATTY has been meeting on a quarterly basis for over a decade.
  • The Women’s Initiative sponsors numerous professional, networking, and social events aimed at supporting and enriching the lives of our female attorneys.
  • The Sponsor & Retention Program helps Associates of color build long-term careers at Mintz Levin by pairing them with a sponsoring Member, helping them develop a network within the firm, and helping them build supportive, collegial relationships with their peers.