U.S. Bank’s Law Division today honored Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP with its “U.S. Bank Invested in Diversity” award at a celebration in Minneapolis. Morgan Lewis is the first recipient of the award, which was created to recognize on an annual basis one of U.S. Bank’s preferred counsel firms that has made a significant impact on advancing diversity in the legal profession.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are defining characteristics of U.S. Bank’s culture and our company. It’s something we draw strength from every day, and we strive to work with others who share these values,” said Jim Chosy, senior executive vice president and general counsel of U.S. Bank. “I’m proud to celebrate Morgan Lewis for their strong commitment and demonstration of furthering diversity within their firm and across the profession. The more engagement and muscle we have behind this, the more momentum for change we can generate.”
Morgan Lewis has shown a high rate of promotion of diverse associates to equity partner, demonstrating the care they’ve taken to foster the careers of diverse attorneys. The firm’s high proportion of diverse partners in leadership positions and their recent Mansfield 2.0 certification also reinforces their commitment.
“At Morgan Lewis, our approach to diversity and inclusion is simple – it’s integral to every aspect of our firm; it is embedded in our culture, and it is how we do business. As important, it is who we are,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “We are thrilled to partner with U.S. Bank to foster an environment that encourages everyone on our teams to not only feel welcome, but encouraged, to share their experiences and viewpoints.”
U.S. Bank has been recognized as a champion for Diversity & Inclusion and its continued improvement within the company and through its outside partners. Under the leadership of Chosy, U.S. Bank’s Law Division has shown a particular focus on building and promoting a diverse culture, in part, to help the bank find the best talent to meet the changing needs of its customers and the communities it serves.
U.S. Bancorp, with more than 70,000 employees and $495 billion in assets as of December 31, 2019, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at usbank.com or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.
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Lee Henderson, U.S. Bank Public Affairs and Communications
Julie Fei, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Public Relations