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At Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, we value the differences in people and believe that diversity enhances our ability to succeed and to serve our clients well. We welcome inquiries from qualified diverse candidates for both lawyer and staff positions.

WTO provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. It is the policy of the firm that all employees shall work in an environment free from all forms of discrimination. The firm does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status in matters of hiring, promoting, disciplining, and rewarding employees.

WTO diversity numbers recorded in November 2016 meet or exceed trends in Denver and nationwide, according to data published by The National Association of Law Placement in 2016.

Diversity Category

Large Firms Nationwide

WTO

 Women equity partners

17.4%

20.0%

 Women associates

44.7%

50.0%

 Minority equity partners

6.0%

8.0%

 Minority women partners

2.5%

5.0%

 Diverse associates (defined as  minority,  LGBTQIA, or  disabled)

NA

13.3%

 U.S. military veterans

NA

10.0%

Source: NALP Diversity Through Infographics – From Law School to Partnership (2016)

Continuous Improvement
WTO strives for continuous improvement in recruiting and retaining women and diverse lawyers. Since the firm's inception in 1998, WTO has engaged in multiple efforts to promote diversity within the firm through activities such as:

  • Targeted and word-of-mouth recruiting;
  • Sponsoring financially and volunteering with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness;
  • Serving on the board of directors of the Deans' Diversity Council led by the deans of the University of Colorado and the University of Denver law schools;
  • Serving on the Deans' Diversity Council's pipeline and retention committees;
  • Sponsoring continuing education programs on diversity issues;
  • Sponsoring and participating in specialty bar associations;
  • Supporting local law schools and law school alumni associations;
  • Financially supporting diversity scholarships.

Innovative Best Practices
We continue to educate ourselves about the best diversity practices and to undertake new approaches to diversify further. For example, in 2012 WTO launched the Women in Leadership Lecture Series (WILLS). WILLS arose out of recognition that women still face challenges in advancing in the law, particularly in litigation, that most men don’t face. WILLS creates unique opportunities for women lawyers (and even interested male lawyers) at WTO to build relationships with potential clients and referral sources. New business grows organically from these relationships, and WILLS has led to multiple new engagements for the firm. In 2014, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association awarded WTO with the Vashon Innovator Award for the success and creativity of WILLS.

Another effective innovation has been to partner with local law schools to provide a one-year legal residency training to highly qualified and motivated candidates following completion of law school. To date, two women attorneys who went through this program have become regular lawyer-employees, and we have provided training and substantive work experience to several other male, female, and diverse lawyers who have gone on to thrive in other law firms.

Diversity and inclusivity at WTO have been noticeably enriched thanks to WILLS and the legal resident program, and WTO expects to continue to innovate to achieve greater diversity successes.

Mentorship & Professional Development
To retain and enhance diversity among our lawyers, WTO provides all associates with mentoring, guidance, and on-the-job supervision by experienced partners. In doing so, we take into account the background, experience level, and needs of each associate. We also have a formal professional development program. In addition to actual, hands-on trial work, we offer all attorneys workshops with the firm's senior partners and trial presentation consultants, and outside experts.

We encourage and support our diverse attorneys' interests in specialty bar associations, programs, and networking.

In addition to our ongoing efforts aimed at increasing and retaining the diversity among our lawyers, WTO is committed to building a pipeline of diverse lawyers and helping them develop professionally.

  • The firm is a founding sponsor of a National Institute of Trial Advocacy scholarship program for public service lawyers.
  • The firm is a member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and was a founding sponsor of the MCCA diversity scholarship program.
  • The WTO Foundation supports with volunteer time and donations nonprofit organizations such as Denver Urban Debate League, Denver Public Schools TutorMate, and Denver Kids, Inc., three programs that provide mentoring and support to underserved youth to encourage them to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Connie Proulx, Executive Director.