Recognition: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Dechert is recognized regularly by leading publications and directories that cover the legal and financial industries for its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives.

Dechert Recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” in 2022 Corporate Equality Index

Dechert LLP has been awarded a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the tenth consecutive year. Having satisfied all of CEI’s criteria, Dechert has been designated one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

The CEI was created 20 years ago and has become the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

  • Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
  • Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families;
  • Supporting an inclusive culture; and,
  • Corporate social responsibility.

To learn more about the 2022 Corporate Equality Index or to access the full report, please visit

Previous Recognitions

Top Companies for Executive Women
Seramount, 2021
For the third year running, Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) has named Dechert to its “Top Companies for Executive Women” list of top workplaces for women who want to advance through the corporate ranks. Organizations named to the list are honored for championing women’s advancement by focusing on succession planning, gender pay parity, support programs, and work-life balance.

Euromoney Recognizes Dechert as Best International Firm for Diversity, 2021

Global law firm Dechert LLP has been named “Best International Firm for Diversity” by Euromoney and Legal Media Group in the Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2021. The awards recognize outstanding women lawyers and the firms that set the standard for women-friendly work practices.

The firm was chosen for its “Building Understanding” employee program, an ongoing strategic initiative designed to address the issues underlying the Black Lives Matter movement and deepen our understanding of racism, anti-racist practices and ally-ship.

100 Best Companies and Best Companies for Dads
Seramount, 2021
For the fourth time running, Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) named Dechert to its "100 Best Companies" list. Seramount also named the firm to its “Best Companies for Dads” list for the second consecutive year.

Organizations named to the lists were recognized for focusing on inclusive benefits for families, including paid gender-neutral parental leave and backup childcare, and for supporting their employees throughout COVID-19.

Diversity Lab's Mansfield Plus 2021 Certification

Dechert LLP has achieved Mansfield Plus 2021 Certification for the third year in a row after completing the Mansfield Rule 4.0 12-month certification program, reinforcing the firm’s commitment to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion.

Launched by Diversity Lab in 2017, the certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.

Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality: 100% Rating in the Corporate Equality Index
Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2021
Dechert has been awarded, for the ninth consecutive year, a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and is included as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”  The CEI is the foundation’s national survey and benchmarking tool, which rates over 1,000 businesses and is a driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion.

Best Companies for Multicultural Women
Seramount, 2021
Dechert LLP has been named one of the 2021 “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) for the second consecutive year. This honor recognizes companies that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting multicultural women in the United States.

Innovations in Diversity Award
Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2020
A comprehensive Dechert program to deepen understanding of racism, anti-racist practices and ally-ship has been recognized as an “Innovation in Diversity” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, which honors trailblazing organizations that have innovated to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Named a “Great Place to Work,” 2020
Dechert has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year. The firm earned this accolade based on anonymous surveys completed this summer by 785 associates, business service professionals and partners in the U.S., 93% of whom noted the firm was a great place to work.

Best International Firm for Minority Women Lawyers
Euromoney, European Women in Business Law Awards, 2020
Dechert was named “Best International Firm for Minority Women Lawyers” by Euromoney, which praised the firm for its policies and progress on the wider aspects of diversity and inclusion. London partner Caroline Black, a widely recognized authority at the forefront of the investigations field, was named “Best in White Collar Crime”. 

Leading Inclusion Index Company on the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index
Working Mother, 2020
Dechert LLP was among the nine organizations, and the only law firm, recognized as a Leading Inclusion Index Company, receiving a 75 percent or higher score. This is the third consecutive year that Dechert was recognized, demonstrating the firm’s considerable investment in its firm culture and strong commitment to diversity and inclusion best practices.

100 Best Companies
Working Mother, 2020
For the third consecutive time, Working Mother named Dechert to its "100 Best Companies" list, which recognizes companies that demonstrate progress in offering paid parental leave and opportunities to return to work gradually, as well as family-friendly benefits and opportunities for women to advance.

Best Law Firms for Women
Working Mother, 2020
For the third year running, Working Mother featured Dechert in its "Best Law Firms for Women" list.  The ranking is derived from a comprehensive survey of the profession in which firms are asked more than 300 questions on attorney demographics, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leave, and on the development and retention of women.

Best Companies for Dads
Working Mother, 2020
Working Mother has featured Dechert in its “Best Companies for Dads" list.

Diversity Team Award
Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2020
The DEI team at Dechert has been honored by Profiles in Diversity Journal in the publication’s inaugural Diversity Team Awards, which were established to celebrate the contributions of individuals and teams to advancing the cause of diversity and inclusion around the world.

Top Companies for Executive Women
National Association for Female Executives, 2020
For the second consecutive year, Dechert earned a spot on the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) Top Companies for Executive Women list as a result of high female representation in key management positions, and programs and policies that help women reach the top.

Diversity Leader Award
Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2020
Dechert LLP has been honored as a “Diversity Leader” by Profiles in Diversity Journal highlighting the efforts of partner Abbi Cohen, the firm’s new Deputy Chair of Diversity & Inclusion. 

Investigation Team of the Year
C5, Women in Compliance Awards, 2020
Dechert’s women partners and associates in the white collar and investigations practice have been recognized by business intelligence organization C5 in its 2020 Women in Compliance Awards as the “Investigation Team of the Year.”

Most Outstanding Firm for Diversity and Inclusion
Chambers Europe, 2019
Dechert was named “Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion” by Chambers at its inaugural European Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2019. The firm was lauded for the achievements of its Global Women’s Initiative in Europe, which include launching a monthly training program for women at the firm and rolling out a full program of women-focused events and speaking opportunities.

Commendation for Diversity Award
LawCareers.Net, 2019
The aim of the awards is to highlight and celebrate the work that firms up and down the UK do, and the events and opportunities they create for their trainees. “Dechert immediately stood out among the submissions for its commitment to both fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at the firm, and its passion for driving change within the profession across a whole range of areas.”

All Star Awards for Performance in Recruiting Outstanding Diverse Talent
Aspiring Solicitors, 2019
Dechert was the first law firm to receive the Aspiring Solicitors award for “All Star Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” in 2019.  Dechert won Aspiring Solicitors All Star Awards for “Sustained Performance in Recruiting Outstanding Diverse Talent” in 2017 and 2018.