Diversity & Inclusion

At Ward Greenberg, we believe that there is value in difference.

We are devoted to cultivating diversity of thought and analysis, because as we grow more diverse and inclusive, we achieve better solutions for our clients. Therefore, we continually seek attorneys with a broad cross-section of backgrounds and ideas.

This process begins at the recruitment stage. Ward Greenberg invites first and second year law students to participate in our Diversity Scholar Program. Under this initiative, successful Scholars have the opportunity to perform meaningful work with our attorneys and establish close relationships with our clients. By the time a Scholar joins the firm as a full-time attorney, they are positioned for a successful future with the firm.

In the case of lateral attorneys, we seek candidates who demonstrate academic and leadership achievements, who want to practice at a sophisticated litigation firm, and who can articulate how their uniqueness – however they define it – will advance our diversity, equity and inclusion objectives.

Our values carry over from recruitment to the very operation of the firm. Ward Greenberg seeks out and partners with clients whose corporate cultures demand legal teams that embrace and implement like-minded inclusion commitments. When making assignments and assembling teams for matters, we involve a cross-section of perspectives and backgrounds to deliver the best service to our clients.

For more information on Ward Greenberg’s diversity and inclusion philosophies and initiatives, please contact Meghan DiPasquale at 585.454.0711.

About Our Diversity Scholar Program

As part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to diversity, first and second year ABA-accredited law school students (or third year evening students) with demonstrated academic and leadership achievements, and a desire to practice at a sophisticated litigation firm and contribute to its diversity objectives are encouraged to apply to our nationally-recognized program.

Successful applicants:

  • Join our Rochester or Philadelphia office for a 10-week paid summer appointment
  • Participate in a secondment with an institutional client (prevailing COVID restrictions permitting)
  • Receive a $10,000 bonus
  • For 1L students, to be primarily considered to return for a summer associate position for the summer of 2024 and if selected to return, an additional $7,500 bonus
  • For 2L students, to be primarily considered for a permanent associate position with     Ward Greenberg commencing in the fall of 2024, and upon commitment to return, an     additional $10,000 bonus

The program applications must be submitted electronically to diversity@wardgreenberg.com. The 2023 Diversity Scholar Program application is open and ready for completion. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2023.