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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A Call To Action

We have witnessed the senseless and brutal deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, among others. Tragically, these incidents are not new or isolated. Black Americans have faced decades of discrimination, and systemic racism is deeply rooted in our society. These acts of injustice have given rise to a call to action. We have seen hundreds of thousands of people march and engage in civil discourse to demand equal treatment and access to fundamental rights and opportunities. We have an opportunity to become part of the solution—to remove structures and behaviors that perpetuate racism and to create a community where all are included.

At Hirschler, we commit to do our part to dismantle systemic and institutional racism. We commit to becoming more aware of and challenging our biases. We commit to turning our words into actions—through the robust recruitment of black lawyers and staff, and through pro bono work to address racial injustice. We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace where all can succeed and grow. We disavow racism in all forms.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Hirschler recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace—not just for all of those who work at Hirschler but also for those we serve as well as the greater community. Continuing to grow a diverse team allows us to more efficiently adapt to the rapidly changing local and global economy. 

Hirschler’s commitment to providing excellent client service with business efficiency rests upon the foundational understanding that such service requires diverse perspectives and a diverse team of both staff and lawyers. A safe environment of respect and collaboration where all feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work is key to extraordinary service and results. 

Ed Hirschler and Alan Fleischer founded the Firm in 1946, at a time when they were being excluded from many of the established law firms in Richmond because of their religion. From its inception, Hirschler has strived to cultivate an environment that values our differences and a workplace that fosters tolerance, inclusion and collaboration, where all can succeed regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, national origin, age, or family status. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ("DEI") Committee

Hirschler’s dedication to diversity and inclusion starts from the top down. The Firm works to improve diversity at all levels of leadership—from the Board of Directors to practice group leadership and committee service.  

Hirschler’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) Committee strives to help Hirschler foster an inclusive and diverse culture with initiatives focused on education, mentoring, recruiting, retention and advancement. Some of its initiatives include the following:

Hirschler is dedicated to fostering a collaborative culture of inclusion that reflects the diverse values of our society and the multicultural communities in which we live and work. Building on the experience of our founders, we work diligently to ensure an inclusive and diverse workplace, where all can succeed and grow and where clients always receive top-notch legal service.  We recognize that diversity and inclusion are not set milestones that can be achieved and forgotten but rather are goals that we will continually strive to achieve.

Hirschler recently earned the distinction of Midsized Mansfield™ Rule Certification from Diversity Lab. Mansfield™ Rule Certification requires firms to achieve standards designed to ensure all talent has a fair and equal opportunity to advance their careers and to participate in leadership of the firm.

It is a springboard to further our initiatives in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.

To achieve Midsized Mansfield™ Rule Certification, firms must consider at least 30% qualified historically underrepresented attorneys for various leadership roles and activities, including equity partner promotions, appointment to managing partner, appointment to high-level firm governance positions, participation in formal client pitches, all attorney and senior professional staffing hiring, and transparency in job responsibilities for governance roles and appointments.

More information on Midsized Mansfield™ Rule Certification is available at

Women's Initiatives Network (WIN)

One third of Hirschler’s lawyers are women. The firm's first female president, Courtney Paulk, leads the firm’s eight-member Board of Directors. Women chair two of the firm’s 10 core practice groups, and women either lead or participate on every administrative committee within the firm. Five out of eight professionals on the firm’s administrative management team are women.

The Women's Initiatives Network (WIN) at Hirschler was created to provide a forum for attorneys, professionals, business executives and community leaders to exchange ideas and to promote the development and success of women as leaders in the community. Among some of the helpful programs WIN has hosted:

Redefining a Woman's Touch: How Women Excel at Conflict Resolution

Great Expectations: Empowering Foster Youth Through Higher Education

Background, Stories and Excerpts from First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families

Impactful Communications: How to Deliver Fresh, Memorable Presentations 

Information Overload: Drowning in Information, Thirsting for Knowledge?

Energizing our Communities:  Building a More Prosperous Nation through Participation

Working It: How Successful Entrepreneurs Get It Done

Media: Getting to Newsworthy in a Fully Connected World

Entrepreneurial Philanthropy, Meeting the Community Service Challenge

The Value of Civic Involvement: Empowering Women in Community and Business

Hirschler Celebrates Black History Month 2024

Hirschler Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month 2023


Pursuing a career at Hirschler can be a tremendously rewarding experience. We work to create an environment where every employee can contribute ideas, seek challenges, assume leadership and continue to focus on exceeding firm and personal objectives. VIEW ALL

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