Our version of diversity and inclusion at Cole Schotz is that all humans, regardless of where they were born, what they look like, or where they started on the socioeconomic ladder, deserve to be valued. In short, we believe that every person matters.
Our diverse team of 300+ consists of people from all backgrounds and experiences; further exemplifying our approach to hiring and retention: everyone is welcome here. We want you to not only succeed, but to thrive. We insist that you bring your complete authentic self to the workplace. And we want to hear from you—we want your voice, your perspective, and your passion to be ever present as we go forward as a team.
That’s right: we’re a team. We are committed to not only working together, but to doing it in ways in which we support one another in good times and bad, while at the same time providing our clients with excellent legal representation.
We do all of that with a lot of humor and good-natured bantering. Almost everyone has a story of how humor is a key part of the firm’s culture, along with heartfelt words of caring about one another.
Does this sound pie-in-the-sky? Truthfully, it’s not. We are committed to creating and maintaining a firm where the diverse and unique identity of everyone is valued. In fact, we have survey results that prove this: an overwhelming percentage of folks stay at Cole Schotz not because of the money (which, by the way, is very competitive), but rather because people feel valued for who they are and believe they’re treated fairly. And too, a strong majority cite the positive firm environment as a reason for staying.
All of this feeds into the fact that we’ve created an inclusive workplace that emphasizes everyone’s own uniqueness as a human.
Historically, like many other medium-sized law firms across the country, Cole Schotz wrestled with just how to fully embrace diversity and inclusion as core values. However, all of that changed once firm leaders bravely decided to start viewing the world as it truly exists—with people from marginalized communities being under-represented in legal employment and folks from other backgrounds, like LGBTQ-identifying or persons with disabilities—struggling to fully appear in any firm culture.
With bold determination and real effort, the firm has accomplished much toward its goal of being a workplace that fully reflects the diversity that America itself represents. Among our accomplishments:
In summary, we welcome interest from any person—regardless of their skin color, religion or spiritual practice, sexual or gender identification, disability status, veteran status, or anything else that some use as a reason to marginalize. Cole Schotz will value you, just like we value our existing team members.
Because every person matters.
Dedication Above and Beyond
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond our workplace. We are proud to have established the Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship, which is open to full-time second-year law students attending a law school in a state in which Cole Schotz maintains an office. Please click here to access the application.
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