November 4, 2023

MBAWNY Honors Phillips Lytle with Excellence in Promoting Diversity Initiatives Award

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Commitment in fostering DEI within the legal profession

The Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY) has selected Phillips Lytle as the recipient of the organization’s Excellence in Promoting Diversity Initiatives Award, an award that is given to a law firm that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and achievement in fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the legal profession.

Phillips Lytle’s DEI efforts center around creating an inclusive work environment and recruiting, developing and promoting diverse attorneys and staff. The firm participates in national and minority bar association recruitment efforts; supports scholarship programs and community engagement; consistently encourages attorneys to idea-share; uses equity impact analysis tools to ensure firm policies contribute to an inclusive and equitable culture; and provides robust training programs, responsive mentorship and competitive compensation packages.

Phillips Lytle was a Champion Sponsor of the Empire State Legal Diversity Career Fair hosted by the MBAWNY, the first ever minority job fair for the legal field in Western New York. The firm also established a scholarship and fund for a promising University at Buffalo law student.

In addition to the Excellence in Promoting Diversity Initiatives Award, Phillips Lytle has been recognized by its clients and other community organizations for its success in cultivating diversity and inclusion within firm and in the broader community. Phillips Lytle has been honored with the AT&T Legal Diversity and Inclusion Award, the Law Firm Diversity Award by The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal, the National Federation for Just Communities Community Leader Award, and Profiles in Diversity Journal’s first annual Diversity Team Award for 2020. Many attorneys have also been individually recognized by various media outlets and diversity organizations, including Lawyers of Color, the National Black Lawyers and City and State.

Phillips Lytle LLP is a preeminent law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices across New York State and in Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.; and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base, including Fortune 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle-market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. For more information, visit


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