Diversity & Inclusion

Riker Danzig has dedicated itself to fostering a work environment that promotes diversity, inclusion and the highest standards of personal and professional excellence. We have put into place a variety of programs intended to recruit, retain, and promote attorneys of a variety of backgrounds, creating a diverse team of attorneys that reflects our clients and our communities. It is our belief that this environment encourages and enables every person to do the best work possible, enriched by our unique life experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. Riker Danzig is proud of its long-standing commitment to diversity, which both strengthens the Firm and enables us to better serve our clients. 

The Firm has a proactive Diversity Committee consisting of partners, associates, and administrative staff.  The Committee is charged with educating the Firm on diversity issues, supporting and promoting diverse candidates, and sponsoring the Firm at various diversity-related events throughout the year.  The Committee regularly meets to address various topics, including discussing ways for the Firm and its various practice groups to enhance and to improve the promotion, retention, and professional growth of diverse attorneys.

Our female attorneys hold positions of leadership in the Firm, including serving as Co-Chair of Riker Danzig, serving on the Firm’s Executive Committee, as practice group chairs, office principal partner, and chairs of firm committees. The Firm also hosts recurring women’s forums to discuss the unique concerns of our women attorneys, and offers opportunities for enhancement of their professional development.  Riker Danzig’s women attorneys are consistently singled out by the legal community for distinctive honors, including NJBIZ’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” New Jersey Law Journal’s “Top 40 Women Under 40,” New Jersey State Bar Association’s “Young Lawyer of the Year,” “Best Lawyers in America®,” Super Lawyer’s “Top 50 Women Attorneys in New Jersey,” the Garden State Bar Association’s “Young Lawyer Award,” Super Lawyer’s “Rising Stars,” and the Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty Achievement Award.”

Recently, Riker Danzig co-sponsored a CLE legal community event which addressed implicit bias in the workplace for corporate counsel, attorneys in private practice and those in the public sector.  It was supported by many affinity bar associations, including the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), Association of Black Women Lawyers-NJ (ABWL-NJ), Garden State Bar Association (GSBA), Hispanic Bar Association - New Jersey (HBA-NJ), Morris County Bar Association (MCBA), New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (NJMLA), and the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ).

Riker Danzig attorneys also serve as active members of several affinity bar associations, and some have been recognized for their accomplishments.

Some of the specific recruiting initiatives the Firm is actively involved with include:

 Riker Danzig is proud of the following Riker Danzig women and diverse attorneys and alumni who serve(d) on the Bench or in public service, and their achievements as “firsts”:

 Riker Danzig attorneys and alumni hold leadership positions and have been honored within diverse bar associations:

Riker Danzig was proud to support the following events in 2018-2019 that promote and support diversity within our community:

2019-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Chair:  Lance J. Kalik (Executive Committee Member)

Members:

Maha M. Kabbash, Partner
Khaled J. Klele, Partner
Francis L. Travis, A.J.S.C. (Ret.), Of Counsel
Timothy P. Carr, Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Richelle J. Delavan, Director of Practice Development
Alison M. Feldman Walsh, Director of Human Resources
Ronald Z.  Ahrens, Counsel
Katherine B. Carlburg, Associate
Kenneth Dzikowski, Associate
Natalya G. Johnson, Associate
Jorge A. Sanchez, Associate, former Summer Associate and MSP Student
Pauline M. Tarife, Associate, former Summer Associate