Major South Florida law firms continued to surpass national averages for minority attorney and minority partner representation, according to an analysis of The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard and The National Law Journal’s NLJ 500 data. Despite renewed recruitment efforts, many area firms lagged behind those averages for Black attorneys and partners, although recent hires aren’t reflected in the 2020 figures.
Nationwide, minority representation in the 225 law firms evaluated by the Diversity Scorecard grew to 18.5%, up from 17.8% in 2019. Of the 11 South Florida firms in our analysis, eight exceeded the national average, with Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod leading the way at 42.8% minority attorneys, and Cole, Scott & Kissane not far behind at 42.1%. Meanwhile, Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford; Gunster; and GrayRobinson fell below the national average.