Inclusion in Action

Diversity logoAt Holland & Knight, we seek to further develop an organization and a culture where all talented individuals – including those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession – can have, and can see, a path to long-term success.

We are committed to these efforts because diverse and inclusive teams reflect the world we serve and produce better results for our clients.


What We've Been Up To Lately

Holland & Knight hosted a webinar featuring world-class speaker and culture change expert Michelle Silverthorn titled "Authentic Diversity: How to Interrupt Bias and Build an Inclusive Workplace." This program discussed how individuals can shift their understanding on bias, help recognize the importance of contributing to the work of allyship and inclusion, and provide practical guidance on how to equip to build spaces of authentic diversity and belonging, where everyone is welcome to rise, thrive and succeed. (April 2023)

Authentic Diversity: How to Interrupt Bias and Build an Inclusive Workplace

What you see in history is a kind of dialectic between the forces of silencing [women] and the forces of resistance.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Holland & Knight’s Women’s Initiative invited Dana Rubin, author of Speaking While Female: 75 Extraordinary Speeches by American Women, to give a presentation titled “Women’s Voice in Law.” Dana's presentation discussed the many women in law whose speeches have been front and center on significant historical events and deserve greater recognition. These women included Clara Shortridge Foltz in 1893, who introduced the idea of a public defender system; journalist and suffragist Ida B. Wells, who campaigned against lynching laws; Congresswoman Patsy Mink advocating for Title IX in 1970; Congresswoman Barbara Jordan delivering the opening statement on the Articles of Impeachment against President Nixon in 1974; and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner in 1991 on the hurdles and progress of women in the legal profession. (March 2023)

Dana Rubin Presentation

This isn't Black history, this is American history. And it's the type of history we need to be paying attention to all over the country, with Rosewood as a primary example.

In honor of Black History Month, Holland & Knight proudly hosted a discussion titled “Lessons of Rosewood.” The life, death and legacy of Rosewood, Florida involves the destruction of a small bustling town, that primarily consisted of African Americans, by a mob of white Floridians and Klansmen in January 1923. Almost 70 years later, Holland & Knight helped spearhead the Rosewood Claim Bill in 1994. This was the first—and, to date, the only—instance where a legislature has compensated Black Americans for crimes of racial violence. (February 2023)

Leadership Commitment

Holland & Knight's commitment to diversity and inclusion starts at the top. The firm’s Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Robert J. Grammig, and Chair of the Directors Committee (the firm's highest policymaking body), Kelly-Ann Cartwright, both are members of the firm’s Diversity Council.

Diversity Council

Our Diversity Council leads diversity and inclusion efforts across the firm. Partner O'Kelly E. McWilliams III, serves as the Diversity Partner and Chair of the Council, and Partner Daniel T. Sylvester is Vice Chair. The Council also includes representatives from each office and the chairs of our nine Affinity Groups.

Local Office Diversity Committees

Our efforts to build an inclusive organization are found at all levels and in all offices. Most of our offices have a local office Diversity Committee, comprised of both lawyers and staff, as well as a local Women's Initiative group. These committees devise and implement programs and community outreach unique to their locations. The leaders of our local Diversity Committees meet regularly with the Diversity Council to discuss issues and share information on their various events, sponsorships and best practices. Similarly, the local coordinators of the Women's Initiative meet regularly with the national chair of the Women's Initiative to exchange ideas and discuss current issues and best practices.


Learn more about Holland & Knight's strategic recruiting efforts by visiting our Careers page.

Featured Videos and Podcasts

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A Story of Resilience, Representation and Professional Growth with Tiffani G. Lee
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A Journey from Guyana to the Boardroom with Kelly-Ann Gibbs Cartwright
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Monica Vila Castro Discusses the Importance of Embracing Your Background and Learning from It
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Eddie Jauregui Shares How His Hispanic Heritage Has Been A Strength in His Legal Career
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Frances Guasch De La Guardia Shares How Staying Rooted in Her Culture Has Inspired Her to Give Back
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Brian Goodrich and Katherine Skeele Share the Strength That Came from Being Out in Their Professional Lives
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Lara M. Rios Shares the Role We All Play in Creating an Inclusive Environment
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Karl Lott Highlights the Beauty of Diversity and the Challenges the LGBTQ Community Faces
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Professional Development

Holland & Knight is committed to helping our attorneys achieve success at the firm.

Launched in 2003, the Rising Stars® program was developed by the firm's Women's Initiative. The firm annually selects a group of talented women lawyers to participate in this dynamic and intensive program of leadership, marketing, management and professional skills development, professional mentoring and experiential learning. Graduates of the program have become leaders of the firm. Learn more by visiting our Women's Initiative page.

Holland & Knight provides consistent and robust training to create a more inclusive organization. For example, in fall 2018, we held a two-day diversity and inclusion workshop hosted by diversity and inclusion thought leader Kathleen Nalty. This workshop, attended by several firm leaders, sought to discuss how best to achieve a more inclusive organization.
Each Holland & Knight associate has a dedicated in-house career development coach to provide guidance and support for his or her goals and professional growth. In addition, every associate is assigned an attorney mentor to provide coaching and guidance on how best to succeed at the firm.
Attorneys may request an affinity mentor, in addition to the primary mentor assigned through the firm's formal mentoring program, to provide additional guidance and coaching.

Community Engagement

Holland & Knight believes in the value of engaging with organizations outside of our law firm in an effort to build a more inclusive profession. We sponsor and participate in local, regional and national diversity associations, conferences and events, including:

  • National Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Charting Your Own Course
  • Best Law Firms for Women: Holland & Knight was recognized as one of the 2024 "Best Law Firms for Women and Diversity" by Seramount for using best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers and lawyers from underrepresented groups, including people of color.
  • Human Rights Campaign: In 2023, Holland & Knight received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the ninth consecutive year. The index report rates American workplaces on their commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion.
  • Mansfield Certified Plus: Achieved "Mansfield Rule Certified Plus" status from the Diversity Lab for the sixth year in a row in 2023. The designation recognizes that, in addition to meeting or exceeding the pipeline consideration requirements for certification, the firm has successfully reached at least 30 percent diverse lawyer representation in a notable number of their current leadership roles and committees.
  • 2020 Excellence in Service Award: Recognized by the NALP/Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program for the firm's exceptional community service in its commitment to the Street Law Program.
  • Veterans Program of the Year: Veterans Group was named "Veterans Program of the Year" at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020.
  • Outstanding Service Award: The only law firm to receive the ABA’s Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Service Award every year since its inception in 2012. Additionally, more than 30 attorneys from Holland & Knight have received the individual award for outstanding service.
  • Veterans Jobs Mission: Holland & Knight is the only law firm member of the Veterans Jobs Mission, a private sector-led coalition committed to hiring transitioning U.S. military veterans.
  • 2019 Bank of America Diversity and Inclusion Award: Holland & Knight was selected from more than 200 law firms to receive Bank of America's Diversity and Inclusion Award, recognizing our focused attention on the training, development, and promotion of diverse attorneys and for consistently staffing Bank of America matters with diverse legal teams.
  • HNBA 2019 Corporate Partner of the Year: Recognized by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) for our longstanding support of the organization and our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Best Law Firm for Minority Partners: We were recognized in the 2019 Law 360 Diversity Snapshot in the Top 5 for "Best Law Firms for Minority Partners."
  • Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers: We were recognized at the inaugural Chambers USA Diversity & Inclusion Awards as the "Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers," celebrating the firm's commitment to increasing the opportunities for, and representation of, female lawyers. Holland & Knight was also shortlisted for "Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion."
  • Best Firm for Diversity: Holland & Knight was named "Best Firm for Diversity" in North America by the 2018 Americas Women in Business Law Awards in recognition of the firm's culture of diversity.
  • Top 10 Female Friendly Firm: We were named a "Top 10 Female Friendly Firm" by 2018 Yale Law Women.