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Building Diversity at the Firm

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner values diversity in our inclusive office environment. Schwegman has established a Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group to help continue to actively foster a culture embracing diversity. We believe that diversity can help contribute to collaborative efforts and to building a positive and supportive workplace and community.  

Schwegman was recognized as being among the top 25 law firms within its size category in the U.S. for minority attorneys, as reported by Law360 on July 7, 2019. Learn more here. 

Click here to view our Diversity and Inclusion Report. 

Firm-Wide Diversity Trainings:

2018 – “Gray Area Thinking®” and “Transgender 101” by Ellie Krug
2019 – “Mindful Empathy” by Stephanie Glaros

Meet the Steering Group

Linh-Han Nguyen
Principal

Mark Edwards
Attorney

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Janal Kalis
Principal

Michelle Forsberg
Marketing Administrator

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Suneel Arora
Principal

Pamela Huff
Trademark Principal

Piers Blewett
Principal

Peter Rebuffoni
Legal Process Manager

Susan Yee
Principal

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Andre Marais
Principal

Brian Ingalsbe
Office Coordinator

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Perspectives on D&I at SLW
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Theresa Stadheim
Attorney

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Marsha Huddy
Principal

Supporting Diversity in the Community

We Stand With You: Firm Statement on George Floyd, Racism and Injustice 

As a firm founded in Minneapolis with colleagues spread throughout the country, we believe that injustice anywhere affects everyone’s humanity, and even more so when borne unequally and overlooked by others.  Our shock and grief extends to Mr. Floyd’s family and to all those affected by injustices in our communities.  While our firm’s efforts at inclusiveness have included some outreach and social justice initiatives beyond our organization, our core values and indeed our very consciences demand that we expand our efforts, without delay, to confront racism and injustice in our broader communities.  We understand that these are complex and long-standing issues that are difficult to solve, but the recent tragic events serve as a reminder of the urgency of change.  We have begun by listening to our colleagues and to our communities so that we can turn our shock and grief into action and commitment to work toward meaningful and lasting changes to unite our communities against injustice.

Past and Present Work in the Community

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner has included building a foundation of diversity within and beyond the IP community as a key objective in our community outreach.  Some groups that we have supported are listed below.

AIPLA Diversity in IP Networking Events 
AIPLA Women in IP Networking Events
Bexar County Women’s Bar Association (BCWBA) Autumn Affair
Blacks in Technology (BIT) BitCon
ChIPs Global Summit
ChIPs Next Gen Summit
Girl Scouts IP Patch Events
Girls @ The Tech Day by The Tech Interactive
Girls @ The Tech Luncheon by the Tech Interactive
Human Rights Campaign Twin Cites Dinner
IPO’s Women in IP Reception
LGBT Bar Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair
Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) Scholarship Gala
Santa Clara University Annual Diversity Gala 
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Events
Women Who Code Silicon Valley Onboarding Event