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Our Commitment

We take pride in recruiting, retaining, and promoting a workforce with diverse characteristics and perspectives. Our talented workforce reflects the world we serve through a diversity of backgrounds, ideas, and experiences. We owe it to our clients, employees, and community to see issues from every angle, both in and out of the courtroom.

The Diversity
& Inclusion Committee

This committee is responsible for establishing and fostering a culture of inclusion throughout the firm. It is accountable to firm management for providing proactive recommendations on how to achieve our goals and implement solutions. The committee serves as a resource for employees with challenges related to diversity and inclusion, providing support, resources and solutions. Houston Managing Partner Jennifer Akre chairs our Diversity & Inclusion committee.

Rachel Donnelly San Diego Partner and Women's Initiative Chair

Tyson & Mendes is a leader in the promotion of women in the law. We are proud to have been named No. 1 “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360’s 2022 Glass Ceiling Report, noted for the highest percentage of female equity partners among mid-sized law firms. But our work does not stop at our equity partnership or with an award. We actively seek ways to support Tyson & Mendes women at all levels of our firm professionally and personally. Through our Women’s Initiative, we promote growth and facilitate business development for our attorneys and clients, providing a forum to address women’s challenges and promote success for women in the insurance and legal industries. San Diego Partner Rachel Donnelly chairs our Women’s Initiative.

Accomplishments & Awards

The efforts of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee are recognized by various organizations in the legal field. We always look forward to partnering with clients who share our values and mission towards building a more equitable culture in and out of the workplace.

Ranked #1 “Ceilling Smasher” in Law360’s 2022 Glass Ceiling Report, the second time in three years we have topped this list.

Ranked #1 by Law 360’s 2020 Glass Ceiling Report for highest representation of women in equity partnership, and second overall.

Ranked 14th nationally for attorneys and equity partners of color.

Winner of the 2021 Liberty Mutual Insurance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award, given annually to law firms that significantly embody Liberty Mutual’s goal of embracing diversity and fostering equity and inclusion.

Winner of the Maricopa County Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association “All in for Women” award for the firm’s work in eliminating gender barriers.




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