Holland & Knight's Diversity Council, Groups and Committees

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We seek to further develop an organization and a culture where all talented individuals – including those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession – can have, and can see, a path to long-term success.

We are committed to these efforts because diverse and inclusive teams reflect the world we serve and produce better results for our clients. Most importantly, a diverse and inclusive organization is simply better.


Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality Firm received its ninth score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index in 2023-2024, which rates U.S. workplaces LGBTQ+ inclusion

Mansfield Rule Certification

Received Mansfield Certified designation for sixth consecutive year because women, minority and LGBTQ lawyers represent at least 30 percent of firm leadership roles and committees

Seramount Best Law Firms for Women

Recognized as one of 2023 “Best Law Firms for Women” for using best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women and underrepresented lawyers

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity


Affinity Mentoring

Community Engagement


Since 2017, 50 percent of our newly promoted partners are diverse, based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or veteran status.

Our Directors Committee, the firm’s highest policymaking body, is 44 percent diverse, based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or veteran status.

Ten of our U.S. offices are led by diverse Executive Partners.

Received the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2023 Top Performer Award for participation in LCLD programs and promotion of the LCLD’s mission

Bloomberg Law

Recognized as one of the 2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework members for our level of disclosure of diversity-related metrics and distinguished performance against six core pillars: demographics, leadership and talent pipeline, recruitment and retention, business innovation and strategy, marketing, and diversity and inclusion in the community

Lawyers of Color

Recognized as a 2023 Aspire Diversity Award recipient

State Bar of California

Recognized as a 2023 Bronze Seal recipient for implementing research-driven actions that further workplace diversity, equity and inclusion

The American Lawyer Magazine

High rankings in 2022 Diversity Scorecard: No. 1: Hispanic Partners

Top 5: African American Partners

Top 10: Hispanic Non-Partners

Top 20: “Other Racial or Ethnic Group” Partners

Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards

In 2022, Holland & Knight received the Chambers North America Diversity & Inclusion Veterans Advancement: Outstanding Firm Award

Outside Council Diversity Award

Received the 2022 Outside Council Diversity Award from a financial services client for our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the firm, the legal community and on the client’s legal matters

ABA’s Military Pro Bono Project

Only law firm to receive the Outstanding Service Award every year since its inception in 2012

Diversity Council Local Office Diversity Committees Affinity Groups Rising Stars Program Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Diversity Outreach
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Local Office Diversity Committees: Devise and implement locally tailored programming


Benefits: Benefits for domestic partners regardless of gender; transgender and reassignment benefits according to WPATH guidelines

Diversity Pipeline: Investment in programs designed to encourage historically underrepresented students to consider the legal profession

Diversity Council: Leads diversity strategy and initiatives, and includes Managing Partner and Directors Committee Chair

Affinity Groups: Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, DiverseAbility, Hispanic, LGBTQ, MENA, Native American, Veterans, Women’s Initiative Affinity

Mentoring: Attorneys may request an affinity mentor for additional guidance and coaching


Recruiting: Engagement and participation with diversity programs at law schools, including job fairs, seminars and mock interview programs

Tiffani Lee

Diversity Partner, Diversity Council Chair

Miami | 305.789.7725


Community Engagement: Engagement with affinity bar organizations and diversity conferences and events

Rising Stars Program: Dynamic and intensive leadership program for a select group of talented women lawyers

Client Partnerships: Collaboration with clients to improve diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

LCLD: Participation in the 1L LCLD Scholars, LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Programs; Managing Partner serves as an LCLD member

Dan Sylvester

Diversity Council Vice Chair

Chicago | 312.715.5880


Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Houston | 713.653.8632


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