Phelps believes that clients are best served when we can offer the diverse perspectives found within our communities. Phelps has partnered with local and national minority law organizations, law schools, and with clients and colleagues to build a more diverse and inclusive environment. Our firm is dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys and staff at all levels who are diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, and marital status.
Phelps is actively involved in initiatives throughout our communities that promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion. One such initiative, among others in which Phelps is a law firm member, is the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) , an organization comprised of chief legal officers and managing partners from leading corporations and law firms around the United States, dedicated to developing, measuring, and rewarding diversity efforts.
Phelps has held top rankings in a national survey of minority hiring. Minority Law Journal ranked Phelps as having the highest percentage of African-American lawyers four times since 2002 and one of the top three firms in this category for eight years. Multicultural Law Magazine has listed Phelps in the following diversity categories: Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity, Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans, Top 100 Law Firms for Women, and Top 50 Law Firms for Partners for a number of years.
The Phelps Women’s Forum fosters leadership, development and success of our female attorneys by connecting, educating, and mentoring them. Throughout the year, the Women’s Forum hosts events to help shape growth and provide support and networking opportunities.