Diversity

At Gould & Ratner, we value and respect the collective diversity of experiences and perspectives among our employees, clients and communities. We recognize that diversity encompasses a broad range of characteristics including race, age, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran’s status and disability. We strive to maintain a work environment where every individual is appreciated and rewarded on the basis of personal contributions to the organization.

We embrace this philosophy with the knowledge and understanding that what truly matters is that a consistently high level of client service is achieved and maintained by our attorneys, paralegals and staff equally, regardless of status. Gould & Ratner also sponsors and participates in a wide range of local initiatives, including:

  • America-Israel Chamber of Commerce
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
  • CREW Chicago
  • Erie Family Health Centers
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Jewish United Fund Lawyers Network

Our lawyers and the firm have also been recognized for our contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession by numerous publications and organizations, including:

  • Crain’s Chicago Business “Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law”
  • Leadership Award for the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
  • Crain’s Chicago Business “Notable Women in Law” and “Notable Women Executives Over 50”
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine “Influential Women in Law”
  • Sponsor of the Year by CREW Chicago
Our Diversity Committee continually takes steps to create a more diverse workforce by focusing on the recruitment and retention of diverse talent, working in tandem with our Hiring Committee. To further advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion, Managing Partner Amy Blumenthal also serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In this role, she oversees the D&I efforts for the firm, including providing operational leadership of all diversity and inclusion efforts and driving awareness, accountability and commitment.

Inclusion

Where our Diversity Committee focuses outward, Gould & Ratner’s Inclusion Committee focuses inward, fostering an environment where people are encouraged to be their professional, authentic selves at work by providing programming, mentorship, internal training, community outreach and sponsorship opportunities that strive to celebrate and include all. Over the past several years, Gould & Ratner’s Inclusion Committee has hosted numerous thoughtful discussions, trainings and celebrations that support a wide range of diverse groups and service related initiatives, including:

  • Monthly celebrations for employee work anniversaries, birthdays, new hires and occasions
  • Dismantling implicit bias and microaggressions training
  • Black History Month “museum of influential people,” bingo/trivia and luncheon
  • Women’s History Month “no ordinary women” video interviews with women attorneys
  • Jewish American Heritage Month discussion with a rabbi
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month discussion about hate crimes in the AAPI community
  • In honor of Juneteenth, a discussion about fighting racial discrimination in the workplace
  • In honor of Pride Month, a discussion about pronouns from an inclusivity perspective
  • Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with mariachi band and luncheon
  • Firmwide active events, including Climb for Air and Race Judicata
  • Community service focused initiatives including Toys for Tots holiday toy drive, Project Linus blanket making and The Night Ministry care package assembly

Gould & Ratner Opportunities for Women

GROW (Gould & Ratner Opportunities for Women) celebrates, supports and promotes the impact and achievements of our women attorneys. The firm fosters an environment in which our women attorneys can enrich their personal and professional development to grow a successful and satisfying lifelong practice.

GROW initiatives provide opportunities for Gould & Ratner’s many women clients and contacts to meet our women attorneys and exchange ideas, socialize and establish new associations. GROW champions the recruitment and promotion of women professionals within the firm and in the outside organizations in which they are active participants

Unconscious Bias Training

Gould & Ratner values an inclusive and collaborative environment that values the differences that our attorneys, paralegals and staff bring to the workplace. We are committed to helping our attorneys, paralegals and staff reach their professional potential and provide firmwide training to create awareness of implicit bias, its implications and how to eliminate discriminatory behaviors in the workplace.