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Samantha Lee, Associate
Why is diversity and inclusion important to you?
Diversity and inclusion are important to me because they are essential to building a community of talented attorneys empowered to serve any client need, and to maintaining that community by recruiting and retaining the best legal talent.
Mike Gridley, Of Counsel
What does diversity mean to you?
Diversity means cultivating a workplace where everyone feels valued and included. The firm's mentoring and professional development programs embrace and support individual development and helps to build a strong team.
Umair Javed, Associate
How would you describe Wiley Rein's culture?
Although Wiley Rein now ranks as one of the largest law firms in D.C., it has retained the respectful and friendly culture that the founding partners brought to it. The firm's culture flows directly from Mr. Wiley - he is friendly, personable, and approachable. These traits are embodied in the firm's open and transparent policies: partners encourage associates to stop by whenever they feel the need to ask questions, discuss ideas, or address concerns, and management regularly shares information regarding the firm's performance and future plans with associates. The firm also values a healthy work/life balance and invests in the long-term success of its associates.
Brian Walsh, Associate
How do you see diversity shaping the future of the firm and legal market generally?
Fostering inclusion is not just the right thing to do, but it’s also the smart thing to do. Whether it be through my participation on the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, or in my role as a Co-Chair of the ABA’s Public Contract Law Section’s newly formed Diversity Committee, I plan to do whatever I can to help increase and maintain the number of diverse attorneys not only in our Firm, but in the bar as a whole—a goal I’m proud to say the Firm has gone out of its way to support.
Peter Shields, Managing Partner
At Wiley Rein, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive environment.
This is important not only to our clients but is a vital factor in attracting and retaining the highest caliber of attorneys. In order to achieve excellence in today's legal market, we believe in creating a workplace of inclusiveness where all opinions are valued. Our goal of diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process that requires efforts from all, but we look forward to and are ready for the challenge.