O’Melveny Worldwide

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Key Contacts
Bendita Malakia
Director of Diversity and Engagement
LaNitra Webb
Senior Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Mallory Wakida
Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At O’Melveny, we don’t just talk a good diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) game; we know our commitment to DE&I can be a true differentiator—a fundamental requirement of a healthy business and a key to its success. Creating a truly inclusive environment while providing advancement and leadership opportunities for our diverse lawyers and business professionals is a strategic priority. It’s who we are.


We want our firm to be a place where all people can enjoy a sense of belonging and feel empowered to contribute and grow. The diverse perspectives and experiences that our people bring to their work drive innovation and excellence. They create a vibrant and dynamic workforce that make us uniquely prepared to serve our clients. We are proud of our achievements, but DE&I is a work in progress. It always will be because our profession, our colleagues, our clients, our communities, and their issues keep changing. So must we.

Our data-driven approach to DE&I—inclusive of measuring our progress, identifying gaps, and holding ourselves accountable—has led to industry-leading recognition.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Earned the Compass Award, a designation that signals our commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive legal organization


Winner, Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award

Women in Law Empowerment Forum

Gold Standard Certification for the sixth consecutive year

The Human Rights Campaign

100% Rating on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

Named a Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion

The American Lawyer

12 consecutive years on the “A-List”

—a measure of “holistic success” based on revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, racial and gender diversity, and associate satisfaction


Best Firms for Overall Diversity: Top 3 for 6 straight years

“At O’Melveny, we know that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are imperative to our business.”

Words from Our Chair, Brad Butwin

“Like our clients and the communities we serve, our firm thinks critically about representation, inclusivity, and equity for people from all backgrounds. That means prioritizing DE&I engagement in everything we do, not just reacting to tragedies and injustices in the world around us. Rather than episodic statements or intermittent campaigns that pay lip service to these challenges, we are executing a sustainable, long-term DE&I strategy that centers our colleagues from marginalized communities. We hold all our DE&I initiatives to this standard, bringing all our colleagues along on the firm’s journey. Our accountability starts by ensuring that DE&I remains one of our top three strategic priorities year in and year out—and by measuring our progress with the same vigilance that reinforces our commitments to client excellence, a collegial culture, and financial success. We do not pretend to be perfect, but are proud of our progress.”