Pillsbury has a history of leading the way for positive social change, from diversity in our profession, to civil rights in our society, to sustainability for the planet. If you have a passion for a cause or the initiative to do good, we welcome you at the fore. We are proud of our efforts.
- Chambers Women in Law 2017 Law Firm of the Year for furthering women's career progression
- Vault 2018 Top 25 firm for Overall Diversity
- 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index every year since 2006
- Robert G. Sproul Jr. Award from Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights for the San Francisco Bay Area
- Member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network
- LEED-certified buildings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, Sacramento and Washington, DC
Pillsbury was one of the first major law firms to advance women to partnership, and we were the first Am Law 100 firm to be led by a woman. Our diversity and inclusion efforts are consistently recognized as best in class, as are our progressive workplace policies and programs.
With leadership from a firmwide Diversity & Inclusion Committee and through initiatives such as the Board Committee for Advancement of Women Attorneys, we foster inclusion and opportunities for advancement. Our affinity groups for women attorneys, attorneys of color and LGBT attorneys help build awareness, in recent years sponsoring a program on implicit bias training and another on men sponsoring women's career advancement. Our pursuit of a more diverse firm is further supported by a top-notch Talent Development program and progressive employment policies that give individual attorneys resources and flexibility to build thriving careers at Pillsbury.
We celebrate our accomplishments, but know that there is still much to be done to diversify our profession and corporate America. And so, we sponsor and hold leadership roles with numerous organizations that promote diversity, including 2020 Women on Boards, Catalyst, California Minority Counsel Program, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Lambda Legal, among others.
If you have passion to do good, you’ll find plenty of opportunities here. Pillsbury supports a wide range of pro bono and volunteer projects. Our mission is primarily focused on closing the justice gap so the poor and indigent have access to basic legal services. We also take on high-impact civil rights cases, and we assist nonprofit organizations that serve local communities. From associates to senior partners, every lawyer is expected to perform a minimum of 25 hours annually in service to the firm’s pro bono clients, with associates receiving billable-hours credit. You pick the pro bono project that most interests you.
Antitrust attorney Jeetander Dulani discusses the 7th Circuit victories he has won in an effort to free a wrongly convicted prisoner and the importance of pro bono legal work to him and other lawyers.
Litigator and partner Kim Buffington talks about how a pro bono case inspired her enthusiasm for trial work and the precedent-setting victory she helped achieve for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse.
We support the following fellowships for Pillsbury attorneys wanting to devote more time to a public interest and pro bono practice.
- The Stimson Fellowship allows incoming associates the opportunity to spend a year at a public service organization. Recipients of these fellowships—named for firm founding father Henry Stimson—advocate for the homeless and the developmentally disabled, provide information on workplace rights to immigrants, and coordinate youth employment law projects.
- The Mid-Level Fellowship is awarded to a third- or fourth-year associate. The fellow is able to devote 50 percent of her or his billable hours on high-impact pro bono work, including advocating for indigent clients or civil rights.
Pillsbury and its offices support a number of nonprofit and charitable organizations. Whether it’s the annual Food From the Bar fundraising competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Nashville’s Hands-On volunteer day, climbing stairs for the American Lung Association in Houston, or raising funds for Legal Aid in Washington, DC, people at Pillsbury are generous with time and money.
Through the Pillsbury Foundation, the firm supports programs to end hunger in our local communities and matches individual donations to disaster relief and recovery efforts. We also underwrite an Equal Justice Works fellowship, which helps recent law school graduates launch careers in public interest law. Since 2000, the Pillsbury Foundation has underwritten more than a dozen of these two-year fellowships, with donations totaling more than $1 million. Over 80% of our fellows have continued their legal careers in public interest law.