Increases Attorney Diversity by Broadening Candidate Pool

ATLANTA, August 22 – Troutman Sanders LLP is one of 41 law firms that have earned Mansfield Certification from Diversity Lab, the national incubator for innovative ideas and solutions to boost diversity and inclusion in law.

Law firms earning Mansfield Certification met or exceeded goals for law firm diversity and inclusion by adopting and complying with the Mansfield Rule, which was inspired by the NFL’s Rooney Rule and named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States.

“We are proud to achieve Mansfield Certification,” said Steve Lewis, managing partner of Troutman Sanders. “Increasing the diversity of our workforce is a strategic priority for the firm, and our commitment to an inclusive environment at work is a core value that helps define us.”

Mansfield-certified firms made significant progress in diversifying, following adoption of the Mansfield Rule, specifically:

  • 40 percent of the firms increased representation of women and diverse lawyers in leadership and governance roles;
  • 33 percent increased the number of women and diverse senior associates hired;
  • 35 percent increased the number of women and diverse partners hired;
  • 38 percent increased the number of women and diverse lawyers promoted to partner.

About Troutman Sanders

With a diverse practice mix, workforce and footprint, Troutman Sanders has cultivated its reputation for a higher commitment to client care for over 120 years. Ideally positioned to help clients across sectors realize their business goals, the firm’s 650 attorneys transact for growth, resolve mission-threatening disputes and navigate complex legal and regulatory challenges. See for more information.