September 13, 2021

Faegre Drinker Achieves Mansfield 4.0 Certification Plus Status for Commitment to Diversity in Leadership

Faegre Drinker is proud to be recognized by Diversity Lab as a Mansfield Certified Plus firm – one of the “trailblazing law firms” that demonstrated meaningful progress in creating diverse leadership teams, which will help create the systemic changes necessary to foster long-term inclusion and equity in the workplace.

Diversity Lab identified 118 firms as “Mansfield 4.0 Certified,” for affirmatively considering at least 30 percent women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ attorneys and attorneys with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior leadership positions.

Faegre Drinker was also one of 92 firms nationwide to receive the “Plus” certification, not only for meeting the pipeline requirements, but also for successfully reaching at least 30 percent representation in a notable number of current leadership roles.

The Mansfield Rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab. Modeled after the National Football League’s revolutionary Rooney Rule, the Mansfield Rule measures the diversity of consideration pools for leadership positions in law firms. The Rule’s elements and operations are grounded in behavioral science research, including the 30 percent requirement, which researchers have found is the critical mass necessary to disrupt biases.

Faegre Drinker holds itself accountable for progress on building a diverse workforce. The firm has participated in the Mansfield Rule since its inception in 2017 and is taking part in Mansfield 5.0, which runs through 2022. Faegre Drinker also relies on national benchmarking surveys and in 2021 was named a "Best Law Firm for Women" by Seramount (formerly Working Mother) and Flex-Time Lawyers, and a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by Human Rights Campaign.

For more information on the Mansfield Rule, visit Diversity Lab’s website.

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About Diversity Lab

Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Experimental ideas are created through our Hackathons and piloted in collaboration with more than 150 top law firms and legal departments across the country. Diversity Lab leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test new ideas and research, measure the results, and share the lessons learned. For more information, visit

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