As counselors to California employers, we advise clients on the importance of maintaining a diverse workplace. CDF lives what we teach, and have since the firm was founded.
CDF creates and supports a professional environment that attracts attorneys and staff from all backgrounds. The result is a firm filled with professionals whose divergent perspectives, experiences and opinions invariably benefit how we counsel clients.
Diversity and inclusion are visible at every level of the firm. Women and minorities have held leadership positions since our founding in 1994, 46.67% to be exact. This includes CDF’s managing partner, office managing partners, members of our executive committee, and committee chairs. Currently, one-half of the firm's owners are women or minorities.
Diversity Participation and Commitment
We view diversity as an ongoing and active commitment that extends beyond the formation of a diversity committee. CDF participates in several diversity–focused organizations and programs including:
- African American Managing Partners Network
- Asian American Bar Association
- California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)
- Italian American Lawyers Association
- Iranian-American Bar Association
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
- Women’s President Organization
Like many of our clients, CDF has developed and maintains a Diversity Vendor Supplier Program which ensures that a significant percentage of the supplies and services our firm purchases are from minority or women-owned and operated businesses. Through this program, CDF frequently reaches outside of the law arena to local, state, and nationwide businesses.
We use CDF for management training, advice, and to help us with employment disputes. We consider CDF a partner that helps provide Actuate with high quality overall legal services.
VP, Human Resources, Actuate Corporation