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.

Women at Riker

Riker Danzig recognizes the unique contributions women bring to the legal profession. Our tradition of equal opportunities for women allows us to boast one of the first female partners in any New Jersey law firm, and one of the first on a firm’s management committee. While other law firms were still grappling with the changing dynamic of incorporating women into the life of the law firm, Riker Danzig was ranked first in the country by the National Law Journal for having the highest percentage of women attorneys in any law firm. Our female attorneys continue to 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.

To further encourage our women’s professional development in the firm, Riker Danzig has implemented a mentoring program for female associates. While the program is completely voluntary, we are pleased that it has garnered 100% participation. Structured very informally, the program groups three or four associates with one partner and counsel. Assignments may be made by specific associate request or partner assignment. The associates have the benefit of the partner and counsel’s regular involvement on a one-on-one basis, as well as enjoying the dynamics of occasional small group discussions with the other associates in the group. By approaching needs on a personal level while also inviting group discussion, it is hoped that the concerns and interests of associates at all levels of the firm are addressed and explored.

In addition, many of our attorneys are active in the National Association of Women Lawyers and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, organizations committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession. We are pleased to support them in their efforts to address issues and challenges unique to women in the profession.

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.”  See Awards and Honors Methodology.  No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Minority Initiatives

A primary goal of our Recruiting Committee is to actively seek qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the firm. We have instituted programs to achieve this goal, including the following initiatives:

In addition to the programs to which the Firm itself is committed, many of Riker Danzig’s attorneys are personally involved in various worthy causes and organizations, such as the following: