In 2008 and 2010 the Minority Bar Associations of Washington Joint Committee on Law Firm Diversity conducted surveys of Washington State law firms and issued The Law Firm Diversity Report ranking law firms on their diversity. In the report issued on the 2008 survey, Helsell Fetterman was ranked third overall in Washington State, behind only the largest law firm in the state (a multi-national law firm) and the large Seattle office of a San Francisco-based law firm that is now defunct. In the 2009-2010 Law Firm Diversity Report, Helsell Fetterman was again ranked third overall in Washington State for demographics and efforts related to diverse attorneys. The 2009-2010 report also published rankings in sub-groups, and Helsell Fetterman’s sub-group rankings included third in the state for demographics and efforts related to female attorneys, first for demographics and efforts related to GLBT attorneys, and sixth for demographics and efforts related to disabled attorneys. The Law Firm Diversity Report survey and ranking processes were discontinued after 2010. In 2008, the Puget Sound Association of Legal Administrators awarded its annual “Achievements in Diversity Award” for firms with fewer than fifty attorneys to Helsell Fetterman.
While we were proud of our accomplishments and awards in diversity and inclusion in 2008 and 2010, we knew then that our efforts on diversity and inclusion were far from over. Since 2010 our efforts at continuing to make Helsell Fetterman a diverse, inclusive and welcoming law firm have progressed with steady persistence and commitment. Today, our attorneys and staff members are more diverse than we have ever been.