It's become famous among in-house lawyers: a speech given at a minority counsel conference by a former McKesson attorney who said the company had cut a prominent firm out of the bidding for its legal work because of press about its lack of diversity. He was followed at the podium by Wal-Mart GC Thomas Mars, who said he would be speaking to the firm. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher was that unnamed firm, and the fallout from the speech reveals the pressure diversity efforts can put on attorney-client relationships.
Corporate Diversity Demands Put Pressure on Outside Counsel
December 28, 2006