Hughes Hubbard has long held that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, more creative lawyers for our clients because we approach challenges from the variety of perspectives borne out of different life experiences.

The firm offers an uncompromising commitment to diversity and inclusion, with a strong policy to articulate it and a comprehensive program to implement it. We foster an inclusive work environment – one free of discrimination of any kind – where individuals can flourish and perform at the highest level. Our efforts focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of diverse backgrounds. Our diverse attorneys are included in all aspects of firm growth: in developing new and existing client relationships, serving in leadership roles and participating in our mentoring programs. We are also involved in various pipeline initiatives to increase the diversity of the legal profession. These efforts include one-on-one mentoring by our lawyers to prepare exceptional college students from historically underrepresented populations to have success in college and the legal profession. We also partner with interested clients in further supporting these programs.

HHR’s Women: Inspiring Inclusion

The women of Hughes Hubbard discuss International Women’s Day’s 2024 theme, “Inspire Inclusion,” through their personal experiences with, and insights on, best practices for fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession.

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Diversity Q&A: Tiauna N. Mathieu, Co-Chair of HHR’s Black Attorney Affinity Group

For Black History Month 2023, Hughes Hubbard is pleased to share an interview with Tiauna N. Mathieu, co-chair of the firm’s Black Attorney Affinity Group alongside Ashley Hodges. In the interview, Mathieu shares her thoughts on why diversity and inclusion is important to her, her short and long term goals for the group, what she wishes people understood about the challenges faced by Black attorneys and more.

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Sabrina Silverberg Named 2023 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Sabrina Silverberg was named a 2023 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The publication’s 22nd leadership issue recognizes dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change workplaces and the world.

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Diversity Q&A: Carter Rosekrans, Co-Chair of HHR Pride

For Pride 2023, Hughes Hubbard is pleased to share a discussion with Carter Rosekrans, co-chair of the firm’s LGBT affinity group. Rosekrans discusses his role in HHR Pride and the responsibilities of LGBTQ+ and ally lawyers in the current legal climate.

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Celebrating HHR’s Women

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As part of the day, we’re proud to share our publication highlighting the remarkable achievements of the firm’s female cohort.

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Meaghan Gragg Named to 2022 'Women Worth Watching' by Profiles in Diversity Journal

The 2022 edition of "Women Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal has recognized Meaghan Gragg on its annual list. The publication's 21st leadership issue recognizes dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change workplaces and the world.

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Hughes Hubbard Recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) With a 2021 Compass Award

Hughes Hubbard has been recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) with a 2021 Compass Award for its involvement in the council’s programs and the promotion of LCLD’s mission. 

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HHR Maintains High Marks in AmLaw, Law360 Diversity Surveys

Hughes Hubbard was again recognized as among the most diverse firms in the annual diversity surveys of The American Lawyer and Law360.

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Fara Tabatabai Named a 2021 ‘Woman Worth Watching’ by Profiles in Diversity Journal

The 2021 edition of "Women Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal has recognized Fara Tabatabai on its annual list. According to the magazine, this 20th leadership issue continues to recognize dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change workplaces and the world.

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Five HHR Associates Selected for NYC Bar's 2021 Leadership Institute

Five HHR associates were selected to join the New York City Bar Association’s 2021 Associate Leadership Institute LITE (ALI LITE) program. The ALI LITE faculty includes leadership from affiliate organizations and initiatives such as the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and Lawyers for Empowerment and the Advancement of Diversity.

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Diversity Q&A Series With Our Affinity Group Leaders

Hughes Hubbard's Diversity Committee, which helps the firm recruit, retain and promote attorneys of diverse backgrounds, is comprised of five affinity groups aligned by race, gender and sexual orientation. This series of Q&A articles introduces the leaders of those groups.

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Committed Diversity and inclusion matters.

We have strategically placed lawyers with varied backgrounds in positions of influence throughout the firm, including office and practice leaders.


We have developed both formal and informal mentoring for diverse associates as well as all associates at large. In the case of diverse associates we offer additional mentoring from members of the diversity committee and affinity groups.


To maintain accountability, our Diversity Committee, comprised of partners, counsel, associates and staff, oversees our efforts, including mentoring, recruiting, retention, outreach and affinity groups.


We actively recruit law students of diverse backgrounds and offer a select group the opportunity to participate in our summer program, where they can learn more about life at our firm and develop their career goals.


Hughes Hubbard currently supports affinity groups for African-American lawyers, Asian lawyers, Hispanic lawyers, working mothers, LGBT lawyers and our women’s roundtable. The latter group offers firmwide video-conference sessions involving featured speakers and interactive workshops.


In keeping with our strong commitment to diversity, Hughes Hubbard is proud to be one of the initial signatories to The Association of the Bar of the City of New York's "Statement of Diversity Principles" and The New York County Lawyers' Association "Statement in Support of Diversity in the Legal Profession."

“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” Charles Evans Hughes

Our firm's commitment to diversity can be traced back to our founder, Charles Evans Hughes, campaigning for women's suffrage in his near-victory over Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 presidential race. In 1942, we broke ranks with other Wall Street firms in hiring the first female associate at a time when most of those firms did not even interview women. In 1969, we named as partner Amalya Kearse, the first African-American female partner of any major New York firm. Kearse went on to become the second African-American to sit on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In 1999, Candace Beinecke became chair of Hughes Hubbard, making her the first woman to chair a major New York law firm.