Rutan’s Diversity Commitment
Rutan & Tucker recruits, retains and promotes talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets, resulting in a culture that thrives on a variety of perspectives. Diversity is one of our key values and an important part of our culture and our community. Our work environment is characterized by respect for others, encouragement for all to excel and equal opportunity for everyone.
Recognizing the significant benefits and value of a diverse work force, Rutan & Tucker is fully committed to increasing the diversity, equity and inclusion in a manner that promotes our firm’s core values of excellence, integrity and teamwork. As the largest, full-service law firm based in Orange County, California, Rutan has played an active role in the County’s maturation into a world-class metropolitan area that reflects the richness of California’s cultural diversity. We strive to achieve that same result within the firm, by acknowledging the many benefits of diversity for our firm, our clients, and our community. Diversity at Rutan means a guarantee of equal opportunity in hiring, compensation, promotion and career development.
Rutan’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is a permanent and ongoing part of firm management and is integrated in Rutan’s Recruiting and Diversity Committees. Our Recruiting Committee’s efforts have resulted in new associate classes consisting of more than 50 percent women and 33 percent people of color over the past five years.
The Diversity Committee’s primary task is to assist in retaining and promoting women attorneys and attorneys of all cultures, backgrounds, and lifestyles who might face particular challenges in a law firm environment, and an increasing number of Rutan’s partners are women and from diverse backgrounds.
Through the Diversity Committee, Rutan promotes mentorship, and senior attorneys conduct small group meetings with associates to encourage open dialogue on issues of concern. The Diversity Committee also encourages participation in wide-ranging activities that promote diversity outside of the firm, such as those sponsored by the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law, of which Rutan is a founding member, and minority bar associations.
At Rutan, our commitment to diversity is inseparable from our commitment to excellence.
Awarded the Diversity Scorecard from The American Lawyer in 2022 as a top firm for diversity
Rutan is a proud sponsor of the California Minority Counsel Program
Recognized as Top 10 Legal Organizations in Orange County
2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Pai, Vijay (Co-Chair)
Vernick, Ashley (Co-Chair)
Van Ligten, Hans
Ex Officio: Thompson, Kim