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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 Lundberg & Woessner was listed among the top 30 U.S. law firms in its size category in Law360’s 2020 Diversity Snapshot, as reported on August 30, 2020. As the article from Law360, a Lexis Nexis company, notes, the legal profession still needs much improvement in diversity. 

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

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Suneel Arora

Principal

Susan Yee

Principal

Mark Edwards

Attorney

Pamela Huff

Trademark Principal

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Andre Marais

Principal

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Janal Kalis

Principal

Piers Blewett

Principal

Brian Ingalsbe

Office Coordinator

Michelle Forsberg

Marketing Administrator

Peter Rebuffoni

Legal Process Manager

Zhakalazky Carrion

Docketing Manager

Hear From the Managing Partner
Perspectives on D&I at SLW
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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