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Sept. 7, 2023

Nelson Mullins’ Baltimore Office Wins The Daily Record’s Empowering Women Award

BALTIMORE — Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Baltimore office has been named an Empowering Women Award winner in The Daily Record’s inaugural Empowering Women Awards.

Nelson Mullins is extremely involved in the processes of not just elevating, but empowering women in the legal industry. Through the firm’s DEI programs – Women in Transactions (WIT), Women on the GO (WOGO), Diversity Scholarship Program, M&A Diversity Externships for 2L and 3L students, and affinity groups such as: The firm's LGBTQ+ Affinity and Ally Group, Unidos (Latinx) Affinity Group, BRIDGE Together for our Black colleagues and AANAPI for our Asian and Asian American colleagues – the firm aims to advance women attorneys of all backgrounds. The firm also hosts organizations for promoting women in the legal industry in other practices: Nelson Mullins Sensational Women in Automotive Group (SWAG), Women in FinTech (WinFin), Women in Real Estate (WIRE), and more.

“I am incredibly proud that our firm has been recognized and honored with this award,” said Baltimore office managing partner Kraig Long. “At Nelson Mullins, we strive to make our profession a more diverse, welcoming, and consistently accessible one. And The Daily Record’s recognition of not just our firm, but dozens of other companies and organizations in our great state shows that other fields are aiming to do this too.”

Several women within the firm’s Baltimore office serve on committees to advance the firm’s goals internally, including: The Associates Committee, Counsel Committee; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the Non-Equity Partner Committee, Pro Bono Service Committee – of which Baltimore partner Katherine Lawler is vice-chair, and the Recruiting Committee. Further, the firm focuses its pro bono efforts in Baltimore in ways that directly and consistently impact groups that historically have been underrepresented.

“Nelson Mullins is intentional about engaging in activities and advancing causes that will make this organization and the legal industry a more welcoming and accessible environment for women generally, and more particularly, for women of diversity,” Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson said. “This award is a great honor, but the work is not yet done as we are committed to ensuring that this is true in many different aspects of professional life in this state.”

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine inserted in the Oct. 26 issue of The Daily Record and available online. Read about the methodology for the award here.

In addition, they will be recognized at The Daily Record’s Women Leadership Summit on Oct. 25 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore at 621 West Lombard Street in Baltimore. The Daily Record is an outlet that covers legal and business happenings in the state of Maryland. These new awards, according to the outlet, recognize companies and organizations that strive to support and elevate women in Maryland.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an Am Law 100 firm of more than 1,000 attorneys, policy advisors and professionals with 33 offices in 17 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, go to