2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report

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Paths to Success

2022 Annual DEI Report

2 Table of Contents 03 Paths to Success 07 Our Four Pillars 22 Education 04 Our Firmwide DEI Vision 08 Community 26 Engagement 06 Our Firm Diversity Statistics 15 Growth 34 Recognition

At Davis Wright Tremaine, our vision is to foster a culture where all talented individuals – including those who are from traditionally underrepresented communities in the legal profession – can have, and can see, paths to success.

To achieve this vision, we must embrace change. And at DWT, we do. We are open to trying and failing. We are open to taking chances. We are open to giving things a shot. And we do so with the best of intentions. We do so because we really care and want the best for our colleagues, for our firm, and for our clients.

It is this sentiment that allowed us to launch our initial 2021–22 DEI@DWT Strategic Plan, in the middle of a pandemic and in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

We are proud of the work that we have done in 2022, thanks to our colleagues, clients, and community. We are excited to share some of our work with you in this report.

2023 presents a turning point for our efforts. This year, we will launch a new strategic plan to guide our efforts for the years ahead. As we close the year and look towards the future, we are proud and excited about the change that we will continue to embrace.


Our Firmwide DEI Vision

Camilo Echavarria, Partner, Los Angeles Partner-in-Charge, Executive Committee Vice Chair, Diversity Executive Council

Member | Los Angeles


Our Firmwide DEI Vision

Wendy Kearns, Partner, Executive Committee Member, TCPS Practice Group Co-Chair, Diversity Executive Council Member | Seattle

Our Firm Diversity Statistics

*diverse includes women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and attorneys with disabilities

67% Executive Committee Members 58% Practice Group Chairs 40% Partners-in-Charge 73% Attorney Evaluation Committee Members 61% 2022 Partnership Promotions

Our Four Pillars



As Serious About This Issue as Our


Brian Nixon, a partner in our Washington, D.C., office, describes how clients are helping drive change in the legal industry and how he brings a diverse bench to pitches and proposals.


Somebody Has to Be an Advocate

Monica Davis talks about how the firm’s employee resource group for women staff, DWShe, which she chairs, fosters an environment of advancement, inclusion, understanding, and support.


The Choices We Make Matter

For the past two years, Davis Wright’s onboarding and integration manager, Chris Boccuzzo, has been co-chair of DWT PRIDE, the firm’s employee resource group for LGBTQ+ staff and allies. He describes how the firm has recognized the group’s value and importance.


An Opportunity to Shine

Lionel Abdool, financial data analyst and former chair of DWT PRIDE, talks about how DEI culture makes him feel valued as a person, not just an employee.


A Seat at the Table

John LeCrone, Los Angeles partner and co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ affinity group, talks about the ways the group serves to enhance the support that Davis Wright provides its lawyers.

Share Our Stories

Chip English, Washington, D.C., partner-in-charge and co-chair of the LGBTQ+ affinity group, describes the benefits of the group and how the D.C. office has evolved on DEI.


LGBTQ+AOC Retreat in Chicago

Our LGBTQ+ and Attorneys of Color (AOC) Affinity Groups convened in Chicago in September for our first-ever stand-alone retreat. Approximately 130 people were in attendance from across the firm.

We renewed old connections and forged new ones. We discussed navigating success while maintaining our identities, brainstormed on building our personal and professional brands, received updates from our firm’s chief officers, and in a session hosted by Rudhir Krishtel, worked on community-building through goal setting.

With this retreat that sits within our Community pillar, we worked to renew our sense of belonging.


A Culture of Acceptance

Jaime Drozd, a member of the firm’s executive committee and co-chair of the firm’s litigation department, recounts how the litigation team has become significantly more diverse and how that benefits clients and the firm.


Michael Nguyen, director of attorney talent acquisition, reflects on the importance of a valuesdriven hiring process.

It’s Not Performative Their Own Authentic Voice

Martinelle Stevenson, director of professional development & training, describes the importance of cultivating a diversity of views.


Reflecting the Community at Large

Vid Prabhakaran, co-chair of DWT’s energy team and co-chair of the firm’s Asian Pacific American affinity group, explains the value to his practice of a diverse community of lawyers.

Not Just One Size Fits All

Everett Jack, Jr., a partner in our Portland office, describes how the firm’s sponsorship program helps attorneys build distinctive practices and elevate their careers.


We Need to Lift as We Climb

Davis Wright’s director of practice management, Tanea Foglia, explains the importance of the firm’s Tech Equity Hub, which she leads and which helps accelerate Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs.


Making Sure Nobody Falls Through the Cracks

Ruben Pagán, a partner in the firm’s Technology, Communications, Privacy, and Security practice (TCPS) and chair of the group’s DEI committee, discusses how his family history impacts his commitment to improving DEI in the legal profession.

You Have to Clean Up Your Own House to Be a Good Citizen

As former chair of the firm’s share committee, which determines equity partner compensation, Seattle partner Cindy Caditz says partners at Davis Wright are evaluated not just on their billable work but on their contribution to the firm community, including DEI.

Empathy for Who You Are

Joanna Boisen, chief pro bono and social impact officer, and a first-generation college graduate, discusses her partnership with Davis Wright’s DEI team and her own connection with DEI programming.

Part of Every Conversation

Tiffani Lambie, director of DEI operations, describes how the firm works to ensure that DEI is always at the table so that everyone feels recognized, valued, and can see a pathway to success.

A Tone From the Top

Autumn Hunter, associate general counsel and managing director for public policy and political law at Bank of America, explains how leadership makes the difference with DEI and how the bank is partnering with firms like Davis Wright to make incremental but significant change in the legal industry.


Driven By Values

Rudy Brioché, vice-president and policy counsel at Comcast Corp., explains how DEI helps ensure we have the best team on the playing field and how Davis Wright is supporting that effort.


A Profound Commitment

Al-Amyn Sumar, counsel at the New York Times, describes the DEI challenges still facing the legal industry and how Davis Wright has demonstrated a shared dedication to the values that drive his company.


The Tools We Need

Claude Goetz, partner on our financial services team, discusses how Citi, a company with a strong and comprehensive DEI ethos, has partnered with Davis Wright to advance our respective DEI goals.


A Brain Trust

Christina Chan, a partner in the Seattle office and member of the firm’s DEI Client Engagement Committee, talks about the way the committee is working to advance DEI in collaboration with some of the firm’s largest clients.


An Opportunity to Make Meaningful Change

How We Can Do Business Differently

Davis Wright’s director of client service and strategic communication, Sean Gibson, describes how the firm and its clients have become increasingly aligned on DEI.

Amy Flint, senior DEI engagement manager at Davis Wright, discusses how investment in DEI has grown exponentially at the firm and is serving as an important connection point and conversation channel with clients.


DEI@DWT Client Summit

Our DEI Client Engagement Committee hosted our first regional DEI@DWT Client Summits in Seattle and New York. Approximately 60 people from DWT and our invited clients attended across both summits.

We hosted intimate, candid conversations around supporting DEI initiatives in the legal profession – creating more pipelines for those from non-traditional backgrounds, investing in women entrepreneurs of color in the FinTech space, and addressing mental health services and burnout for attorneys of color. Featured speakers included Judge David Keenan from King County; Maya Nijhawan, co-founder and COO of Finch; and Tanya Martinez-Gallinucci, Executive Director for the Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the NYC Bar Association.

With this summit that sits within our Engagement pillar, we worked to deepen our client relationships and commitment to DEI within the legal profession and beyond.


Firm Recognition (2022)

AmLaw 2022 Diversity Scorecard – Ranked #33

Bloomberg Law – DEI Framework

Citi – Law Firm Diversity Champion Award

Disability Equity Index – Top Scoring Companies

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance – Tipping the Scales Award

Diversity Lab – Inclusion Blueprint Champions

Diversity Lab – Mansfield 5.0 Certification & Certification Plus

Human Rights Campaign – Perfect Score, Corporate Equality Index

Law360 – Glass Ceiling Report - Women in Law #5 (600+ size firm)

Leadership Council for Legal Diversity – 2022 Compass Award

Los Angeles Business Journal – DE&I Company of the Year (Mid-Size)

Minority Corporate Counsel Association – Thomas L. Sager Award – Finalist

Seramount – 50 Best Law Firms for Women

Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) – Gold Standard Award


Office of DEI and Diversity Executive Council (DEC)


Yusuf Zakir, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (he/him)

Tiffani Lambie, Director of DEI Operations (she/her)

Amy Flint, Senior DEI Engagement Manager (they/she)

Mia Khatcherian, DEI Growth Manager (she/her)

Mariama Suwaneh, DEI Community Manager (she/her)

Patrick Stanton, DEI Specialist (he/him)

Lauren Calogero, DEI Coordinator (she/her)

Maya Yamazaki, DEC Chair, Partner

Camilo Echavarria, Los Angeles Partner-in-Charge, Executive Committee Vice Chair

Chip English, Washington, D.C. Partner-in-Charge, CoChair LGBTQ Affinity Group

Wendy Kearns, Partner, TCPS Practice Group Chair, Executive Committee Member

Lynn Loacker, Project W Founder

Scott MacCormack, Managing Partner

Portia Moore, Partner, Co-Chair Black Affinity Group

Tom Burke, Partner, Pro Bono Chair, Sustainability Chair, Executive Committee Member

Kelli Kohout, Chief Administrative Officer

Martinelle Stevenson, Director of Professional Development and Training

Michael Nguyen, Director of Talent Acquisition and Recruiting

Rachel James, Director of Human Resources

Tanea Foglia, Director of Practice Management

Yusuf Zakir, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Tiffani Lambie, Director of DEI Operations

Amy Flint, Senior DEI Engagement Manager

Mia Khatcherian, DEI Growth Manager

Mariama Suwaneh, DEI Community Manager

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