Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Associates

Incoming female and diverse associates will find a welcoming and supportive environment at Carlton Fields. We promote and maintain a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that permeates the firm, and we believe that our DEI commitment will provide a meaningful springboard for your success. Here are some key DEI facts about our firm:

  • Female and diverse lawyers are well represented in firm leadership, among members of our board, executive committee, office managing shareholders, practice group leaders, industry group leaders, associate relations committee, and staff management.
  • Carlton Fields was ranked the No. 1 law firm based in Florida last year for Black partners.
  • In recent years, based on anonymous associate surveys, we have been ranked by Vault 10 times among the top 10 law firms in the country and seven times as the No. 1 law firm for diversity.
  • For 13 consecutive years, the firm has achieved a 100% perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”
  • The firm has Business Resource Groups for diverse, female, and LGBTQ+ attorneys, and you will be invited to join those of interest to you.
  • Our associate review and compensation committee includes associate representatives.
  • Associates are able to select their mentors to ensure strong relationships and meaningful support.
  • We provide career track training throughout your career at the firm.
  • The firm has a business development training program geared specifically to associates.
  • We maintain a sponsorship program for diverse attorneys.
  • The firm focuses on professional development and long-term retention and success of all associates, rather than a short-term return on our investment.
  • We have an atypical structure where newly promoted shareholders hold the same class of stock and the same number of shares as the most senior shareholders in the firm, according them the same votes and rights of participation in all law firm affairs.
  • We outpace most peer firms in the ratio of shareholders to associates, reflecting exceptional support for career advancement by our associates.
  • DEI is who we are — it is in our DNA.


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