Why This Matters and Our Commitment

We believe that professional development, diversity, and inclusion are integral to our outstanding performance and exceptional client service.

We are committed to having a highly talented, vibrant workforce that reflects the growing diversity of our communities and our clients, and that can bring their diverse talent to bear on all client matters.

We believe that such a workforce is able to contribute unique perspectives and creative approaches. This, in turn, generates the highest quality of legal service and serves the needs of our clients and the communities where we live and work.

C. Matthew Keen

“Our firm has its roots in a bold decision that the 16 original Ogletree Deakins' lawyers made 39 years ago … to leave a law firm dictatorship and establish a new model to service clients. The principles adopted in those early days of the firm remain core values of our firm today: premier client service; teamwork and collaboration; treating each other with respect; hard work; and open governance. These core values permeate the firm’s culture and are the bedrock upon which we build our diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

C. Matthew Keen
Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

The firm’s commitment to professional development, diversity, and inclusion is demonstrated by the leadership of Michelle Wimes, Esq., the firm’s full-time Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer, and her team.

Michelle P. Wimes

“I am proud to serve as the firm’s first Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer. Diversity and inclusion are two cornerstones of the firm’s core values and underlie our ability to provide premier client service. As our firm continues to grow and prosper, so does our commitment to providing an environment where each attorney can bring his or her unique talents to the table and leverage those talents for the benefit of our clients.”

Michelle Wimes
Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer