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2018 Year In Review: Diversity

Dechert received recognition for both influence and innovation in the work of two of our affinity groups and diversity champions


Dechert Heroes, an affinity group set up to address issues affecting active-duty service members and military veterans, was recognized as an “innovation in diversity” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The group builds on Dechert’s long-standing work representing veterans through pro bono, and is led by finance partner and former Marine Corps sergeant Krystyna Blakeslee – who was also named a “Working Mother of the Year 2018” by Working Mother.

Savoy magazine named litigation partner Vincent Cohen in its “Most Influential Black Lawyers” list for 2018. He was also honored with a Diversity Leader Award by Profiles in Diversity Journal. As the leader of Dechert’s Black Affinity Group, Cohen has been an advocate for diversity at Dechert since joining the firm in 2016.

Awards and recognitions

Dechert was recognized by leading publications and organizations, including:

  • Aspiring Solicitors 2018 All Star Awards
  • Great Place to Work®
  • Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index
  • Working Mother's 2018 Best Law Firms for Women and Top 100 Companies for Women
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching

"2018 has seen Dechert form new affinity groups and win numerous awards for our efforts to foster a transparent and inclusive culture. In many ways, championing diversity is part of our DNA – Dechert’s women partners in the 1970s were trailblazers of their time. We also understand that there is no place for complacency. We continue to build on our achievements and push ourselves further every day.”

Satra Sampson-Arokium, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

"On joining Dechert, I took over leadership of the Black Affinity Group – a role that is close to my heart. Diversity and inclusion is taken very seriously at Dechert, and I’ve had the opportunity to build on the advancements already made by the group to further develop the culture of support and interconnectivity within the firm.”

Vincent Cohen, Partner