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Oct. 10, 2023

Nelson Mullins Earns Mansfield Rule Certification

COLUMBIA S.C. – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, a national law firm with offices from coast to coast, is pleased to announce the firm has earned Mansfield Certification from Diversity Lab, an organization which aims to increase and sustain diversity in law firm leadership.

“Nelson Mullins is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and our involvement in the Mansfield certification process over the past year is another important example of our ongoing investment,” said Managing Partner James K. Lehman. “We are pleased to join the ranks of those with the Mansfield certification.”

Nelson Mullins participated in the rule 6.0 certification process, which ran from July 2022 to July 2023. The certification effort is focused on having law firms consider at least 30% historically underrepresented lawyers when appointing to leadership and governance roles and promotions. Firms must also consider 30% underrepresented talent for C-suite roles.

“We are pleased to have reached this significant milestone,” said Kat Taylor, Nelson Mullins’ Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “We will continue to invest in our team to reflect the diversity of our clients and communities.”

Mansfield Certification measures the structural changes and steps that law firms have taken over the past year to ensure its paths to leadership – including lateral hiring, client pitch teams, promotions, appointments, and more – are open and transparent to all qualified lawyers.

The firm has accomplished several things during the certification process. Advancement processes and leadership role descriptions at the firm are now written, transparent, and accessible. This high level of transparency is part of a larger effort the firm has taken through Mansfield to broaden the slate of talent considered for opportunities. Nelson Mullins undertook this effort alongside other top-tier firms and  the legal departments that are also participating in Mansfield. Like the law firms in its cohort, Nelson Mullins is dedicated to opening the door wider to all qualified lawyers.

To learn more about the firm’s Mansfield participation, please contact Kat Taylor, Nelson Mullins’ Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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