AALRR Continues its Reign as one of the Nation’s Best Firms for Minority Attorneys


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) is thrilled to announce its recognition as the number one firm of its size in the nation for minority equity partners, and the eighth best firm for minority attorneys in general, in Law360’s annual Diversity Snapshot. This is the second year in a row the firm has been named the top firm for minority equity partners—an honor that further solidifies AALRR’s standing as a nationwide leader in diversity and inclusion efforts.

Surveying over 300 law firms across the country, including over 80% of the top 200 largest firms, Law360’s Diversity Snapshot offers well-researched insights into the diversity and representation efforts of the legal world. According to the survey, minorities make up more than 30% of all law school students in the country—and yet they comprise just 15.8% of the roster at the average U.S. firm, and only 8.2% of the equity partner ranks. 

Having 36% of its attorneys identifying as minorities, AALRR more than doubles the national average—and with 28% of equity partners identifying as such, the firm more than triples it. And, while other law firms have largely flat lined over the last four years in terms of representational growth, AALRR continues to beat its own numbers year over year—in 2016, for instance, minorities comprised 25% of all equity partners in the firm and 34% of all attorneys.

“Receiving national recognition from Law360 is always encouraging, but achieving the highest percentages when it comes to minority representation has never been the driving force of our diversity and inclusion efforts,” comments Managing Partner Mark Palin. “Our hiring and recruiting practices are driven by finding the best and the brightest attorneys who truly represent the communities we seek to serve, thereby cultivating a multiplicity of viewpoints and worldviews. Our firm benefits from this strategy—and our clients do, too. That will always be our top priority.”

About Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

With over 35 years of unwavering commitment to client service, AALRR is one of California’s leading law firms. Our diverse team brings a seasoned perspective to California’s complex legal landscape for public and private entities, with particular strength in the areas of education, labor and employment, construction, complex litigation, corporate, taxation, and white collar law. Our public sector clients include more than 400 K-12 school districts, community college districts and universities, as well as cities, counties and special districts. We also represent diverse business entities, from small, family-run businesses to publicly traded corporations. At 185 lawyers and growing, AALRR has nine offices in Cerritos, Fresno, Irvine, Marin, Pasadena, Pleasanton, Riverside, Sacramento and San Diego to serve our clients throughout California. For more information about AALRR, visit our website at www.aalrr.com and sign up for our blogs, EdLawConnect, CA Public Pensions Law, Business Law Journal, Labor & Employment Law, and Labor Relations Law.


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