A Historic Commitment to Diversity.
Lewis and Roca was formed on the basis of the deep-rooted belief that a diverse environment can make a better, smarter, and stronger law firm and a positive influence for the community as a whole. We recognize that a firm that incorporates a variety of perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interest, is best situated to provide unsurpassed client service and satisfaction. In fact, we were recently ranked in the Top 20 of firms with the most female partners.
A Plan of Action.
In 1973, Lewis and Roca became the first mid-sized firm in the Rocky Mountain States to have a woman partner – Mary Schroeder, now a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lewis and Roca’s efforts to leverage its history of diversity continue to this day, with diversity goals forming an integral part of the firm’s strategic plan.
The firm’s diversity efforts are overseen by a standing Diversity Committee, charged with monitoring and evaluating the firm’s ongoing diversity efforts through the hiring, retention and advancement of all and support for programs designed to increase the diversity of the bar and the communities in which our lawyers practice. We continue our tradition through increased educational opportunities for minority and women law students, maintaining a commitment to hiring from different backgrounds and assisting all to develop their potential.
A Diverse Team at All Levels.
Opportunities for promotion and leadership are open to all members of Lewis and Roca’s diverse workforce. The firm’s immediate past Managing Partner, José Cárdenas, is one of a handful of Hispanics in the country - and the first in Arizona - to have served as Managing Partner of a major law firm. One of the firm’s seven practice groups and three of its governing committees are headed by lawyers who are women or minorities, and two of the seven members of the firm’s governing body - its Policy Committee - are women.
For more information about our diversity initiatives, please contact our Diversity Committee Chair, Kim Demarchi, at 602.262.5728 or
Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy