October 19, 2022

Venable Achieves Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification Through Its Ongoing Commitment to Diversity

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Venable LLP is pleased to announce that it has achieved Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification. This accomplishment builds on the firm’s ongoing commitment to increase and sustain diversity, advance the inclusion of historically underrepresented lawyers at all levels, and expand Venable’s efforts to integrate diversity and inclusion across its business practices.

“Over the past year, we adopted new processes, enhanced our measurement of these metrics, piloted new initiatives with the support of practice group leaders and business professionals, and shared knowledge with other firms,” said Jenn Reddien, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Venable. “We look forward to building on this work and to continuing our comprehensive approach to advancing diversity and inclusion at the firm.”

Named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States, the goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership. Participating law firms track and measure the extent to which they have affirmatively considered women, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and participation in client pitch meetings.

For more information on the Mansfield Rule and its participation requirements, please visit the Diversity Lab’s webpage here. Updates on Venable’s diversity and inclusion programming, progress, and new developments can be found in the firm’s e-book here.


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and other individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' objectives in the United States and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit https://www.venable.com/.