MINNEAPOLIS, February 13, 2020 — U.S. Bank’s Law Division honored Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP with its “U.S. Bank Invested in Diversity” award at a celebration in Minneapolis. Morgan Lewis is the first recipient of the award, which was created to recognize on an annual basis one of U.S. Bank’s preferred counsel firms that has made a significant impact on advancing diversity in the legal profession.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are defining characteristics of U.S. Bank’s culture and our company. It’s something we draw strength from every day, and we strive to work with others who share these values,” said Jim Chosy, senior executive vice president and general counsel of U.S. Bank. “I’m proud to celebrate Morgan Lewis for their strong commitment and demonstration of furthering diversity within their firm and across the profession. The more engagement and muscle we have behind this, the more momentum for change we can generate.”
Morgan Lewis has shown a high rate of promotion of diverse associates to equity partner, demonstrating the care they’ve taken to foster the careers of diverse attorneys. The firm’s high proportion of diverse partners in leadership positions and their recent Mansfield 2.0 certification also reinforces their commitment.
“At Morgan Lewis, our approach to diversity and inclusion is simple – it’s integral to every aspect of our firm; it is embedded in our culture, and it is how we do business. As important, it is who we are,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “We are thrilled to partner with U.S. Bank to foster an environment that encourages everyone on our teams to not only feel welcome, but encouraged, to share their experiences and viewpoints.”
U.S. Bank has been recognized as a champion for Diversity & Inclusion and its continued improvement within the company and through its outside partners. Under the leadership of Chosy, U.S. Bank’s Law Division has shown a particular focus on building and promoting a diverse culture, in part, to help the bank find the best talent to meet the changing needs of its customers and the communities it serves.