Diversity  |  Our Stories

Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee, Associate
Government Contracts Practice

Why is diversity, equity and inclusion important to you?

Diversity, equity 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.

Jerita Salley, Partner
Corporate Practice

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 help to build a strong team.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh, Partner
Government Contracts Practice

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, Equity 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.