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Employee resource groups


The firm has four Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for women, people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ+ community and working families. Our ERGs meet regularly to create community among their members, develop mentorship opportunities, offer professional development through workshops, generate awareness on important topics through discussions and events and affect change inside and outside the firm. The ERG leaders engage regularly with the firm’s leadership to foster a place of inclusion for all.

Ethnically Diverse Group of Employees (EDGE)

The EDGE Resource Group provides opportunities to recognize the contributions and challenges of lawyers and business services professionals of ethnically diverse backgrounds, facilitates connection to professional enrichment resources, and advocates for the recognition and inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives.

The EDGE Resource Group sponsors prominent speakers to raise awareness of historically significant events relevant to varied cultural communities and to celebrate commemorative history and heritage months. The group also plans regular networking opportunities for members, including events sponsored by regional and national minority bar associations.

Pride Alliance

The Pride Alliance Group takes an active role in making equal rights for all a reality. Its efforts help the firm deliver on its commitment to recruiting a diverse community by increasing understanding of the unique issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride Alliance is our LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Members lead pro bono efforts ranging from groundbreaking family law litigations involving same-sex couples to name-change petitions for transgender clients. The group also supports and maintains strong relationships with key organizations like Lambda Legal Defense & Education Organization, Immigration Equality, LGBTQ+ Bar, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

For 14 consecutive years, our firm has achieved a top score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Our perfect score reflects our commitment in policy and practice to protecting LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. In addition to firmwide diversity training, we provide health and domestic partnership benefits including tax gross-up benefits to LGBTQ+ employees for disparate tax costs related to coverage of same-sex domestic partners or spouses and their children.

Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum

The Forum was established to honor the legacy of Michael Diehl, a Fried Frank corporate associate known for his dedication to civil rights for the gay and lesbian community, who died in a tragic swimming accident in 1999. Since 2000, the Forum has invited prominent activists and civic leaders to address timely and relevant civil rights and social justice issues. In 2022, the Forum presented The Anti-Queer Frontier: A Conversation on Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation.

Other notable presentations in recent years include:

Women's Forum

The mission of our Women's Forum is to foster and develop the talents and abilities of women throughout our firm, and to help them address challenges and achieve their highest potential in their professional and personal lives.

The Women's Forum promotes the professional goals of women across the firm and fosters sensitivity to issues that uniquely affect women in the workplace. The Forum’s diverse programming ranges from discussion groups with partners to promote communication with firm leadership to professional development training, such as seminars on networking and business development skills. The group also hosts small dinners, including one for women summer associates, and community-building receptions where women at the firm share their personal and professional stories.

Working Families

The Working Families Resource Group (ERG) represents all of the different family configurations in today's society. The group is a resource for those balancing professional, personal, and family responsibilities.

We provide professional development and networking opportunities, and promote dialogue around issues and concerns regarding childcare, parental leave, eldercare, alternative work arrangements that balance work and family, education, financial and estate planning, and career development and advancement.

Recruiting initiatives

We actively recruit underrepresented groups at nationwide job fairs and career development events sponsored by law school affinity groups for students of ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Fried Frank is a leading sponsoring employer at the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association Career Fair and Lavender Law Conference, and an employer participant at the Veterans’ Legal Career Fair.

We also reach out to minority law school graduates and experienced lawyers through The Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship program, a collaboration with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (NAACP LDF) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

Our Fellowship program offers  entry-level lawyers the opportunity to spend two years as litigation associates at our firm, followed by two years as NAACP LDF or MALDEF staff attorneys. Many diverse law students and graduates who are not ultimately chosen as Fellows are recruited as associates at Fried Frank.

We have also participated in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) career program in New York for over 20 years, and in our Washington, DC, office since the program's inception in 1963. SEO places students of diverse backgrounds in law firms for summer internships prior to their first year of law school and many of our SEO interns have returned as associates. Our New York office also participates in the New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellowship program, which offers diverse first-year law students meaningful professional experiences and networking opportunities.

We partner with Genesys Works, an organization that provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training and meaningful work experiences. Every year, two Genesys interns work part time in various Business Services departments in NY and DC throughout the year.

Our London office is proud to be a member of PRIME, an alliance of law firms across the UK who are committed to helping young adults gain access to the legal profession through work experience. With the goal of extending legal sector employment opportunities to individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds, PRIME provides needed support and identifies specific job openings. We commit to providing work experience placements throughout our London office and currently have placements within litigation, secretarial services and information technology.

Supplier diversity

We have made inclusion an essential aspect of our business operations. A robust supplier diversity initiative contributes to our growth and helps us better support our clients. We are proud of the partnerships we’ve established with enterprises owned by minorities, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled, and service-disabled veterans. We also encourage suppliers who do not themselves qualify as diverse to adopt and support diversity initiatives.

Supplier Diversity at Fried Frank

To be eligible for supplier diversity status at Fried Frank, businesses must be at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by men or women who are:

  • Black or African American
  • Asian American
  • Disabled and Service-Disabled Veteran
  • Hispanic American
  • LGBTQ+
  • Native American
  • Non-minority Women

The following business operations are eligible for consideration as part of our supplier diversity initiative:

  • Construction
  • Duplicating / word-processing
  • Events / meetings
  • Facilities
  • Food services
  • Professional services

If your company would like to register as a diverse supplier for Fried Frank, please submit the following information to

  • Company name
  • Internet address
  • Federal Tax ID number
  • Dun and Bradstreet number
  • Executive and primary contact information
  • Product / services information
  • Diversity information of company, including:
    • Diversity category certification details
    • % of diverse ownership
  • Notarized affidavit attesting that your business is at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by men or women who are:
    • Black or African American
    • Asian American
    • Disabled and Service-Disabled Veteran
    • Hispanic American
    • LGBTQ+
    • Native American
    • Non-Minority Women

Eligible companies will be included in a database of diverse suppliers. 

Pipeline outreach

In addition to our internal efforts to champion diversity in our workplace, Fried Frank makes annual contributions to pipeline diversity organizations that work to ensure equal rights for underserved minority populations and to promote diversity generally in the legal profession and in society.

Pipeline partner organizations include the Minority Law and Research Institute, the New York Law School B.A. to J.D. Pipeline program, and dozens of law school affinity groups. We have also taken the lead in setting goals to diversify the legal profession through the creation and support of law firm pipeline programs.

Since 2015, we partner with Legal Outreach, a nonprofit diversity pipeline organization that inspires youth from underserved communities in New York City to pursue higher education and prepares them to compete at a high academic level. As part of this effort we welcome rising sophomores as interns for a week of simulated legal work, members of our Women's Forum host rising ninth-grade female students via Legal Outreach's Legal Justice Institute, and Fried Frank lawyers mentor high school students in the organization's College Bound program, exposing them to various aspects of the law and coaching them in constitutional law debates.