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At Nossaman, our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment is part of our core values. We understand that an inclusive environment and consideration of diverse perspectives are crucial to creating the best and most productive workplace–one that further enhances the solutions we provide to our clients.

For more information about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please contact Patricia de la Peña, Partner and Chair of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee.


We are proud to have been honored for our ongoing efforts to foster and maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the Firm. 

  • Nossaman was ranked on the list of Law360’s “Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners” for 2018.
  • Nossaman was ranked as the #5 law firm in the “150-299 Lawyers” category, 2018 by Law360.
  • Annual Vault Survey ranked Nossaman the 3rd Best Mid-Size Law Firm For Diversity, 2018.
  • The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized David Graeler and Byron Gee as the Most Influential Minority Lawyers for 2018. 
  • Yukiko Kojima was recognized in Daily Journal’s “Top Women Lawyers” supplement for 2018.
  • Nancy Smith was recognized in Daily Journal’s “Top Women Lawyers” supplement for 2017 and by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its “Most Influential Women Lawyers’ supplement for 2017.
  • Linda Larson named an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer” by National Law Journal for 2017.
  • In 2016, The American Lawyer ranked Nossaman in the top 20 percent (#36) of U.S. firms in its "Diversity Scorecard," which ranks Am Law 200 firms based on diversity at associate, of counsel and partner levels.
  • Law360 recognized Nossaman as one of "The 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys" in 2015 and 2016.
  • Law360 recognized Nossaman as one of "The 100 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys" in 2015 and 2016.
  • Daily Journal named Nossaman partners Mary Lynn Coffee and Ashley Dunning to their list of California's "Top 100 Women Lawyers" in 2016. 
  • Law360 profiled Nossaman partner Simon Santiago as part of its "Minority Powerbrokers" Q&A series in 2015.  

Recruiting and Retention

Nossaman seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, enhancing our ability to serve the needs of our clients and creating a more dynamic workplace for all of our employees. We cast a wide net to attract a diverse pool, and we invest in their long-term career development. The diversity of our attorneys, policy advisors, paralegals and professional staff provides us with a rich mixture of perspectives that translate into better service for our clients. Our commitment to equal opportunity means that no one's career will be limited in any way by race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability, marital or parental status. Our efforts are reflected across the Firm:   

  • Women and minority attorneys comprise nearly half of the Firm's leadership at the firmwide, practice group, and office levels.   
  • Ninety Percent of the Firm’s administrative management team are women, including the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer.
  • The Firm's percentage of minority, women, and LGBTQ lawyers exceeds the 2017 national average reported by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).


We host events, partner with key organizations, and launch initiatives to strive towards an inclusive, welcoming environment in the legal profession and our community. Among our efforts:     

  • We organize an annual Diversity Day to raise awareness, disrupt bias, and celebrate diversity and inclusion.
  • We host an annual Women's Retreat for attorneys and policy advisors with a focus on developing key skills and performance that lead to advancement.
  • We launched a Reduced Hours program for associates in 2011 that continues to help us retain individuals that need this type of flexibility without sacrificing career development and advancement.
  • We are a member of the California Bar Foundation Leadership Circle, sponsoring Diversity Scholarships for incoming first-year law students.
  • We sponsor or host educational programming with an array of groups to foster inclusion, such as Women in Transportation Seminar, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program/ABA, UC Hastings LGBT Alumni, Lavender Law, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.  
  • We play an active role in dozens of other organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession. These range from the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education, Asian American Bar Association, California Association of African American Advocacy Professionals, and Minority Corporate Counsel Association to Lambda Legal, National LGBT Bar Association, and California Minority Counsel Program.  
  • We get involved with bar associations that promote diversity by serving as board and committee members and participating in panel discussions. 
  • We host a frequent "Jeans for Charity Day," allowing employees to wear jeans on certain days in exchange for a donation to causes such as fighting heart disease for women and The Trevor Project, the only national organization providing suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth in crisis.

Affinity Groups

Nossaman attorneys and professional staff are active in several Affinity Groups, including LGBTQ, Minority and Women. Our Affinity Groups serve as a resource for mentoring, networking and professional development and provide a voluntary support system designed to create a more inclusive culture.  For more information, please contact the chairs of our Affinity Groups:

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