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Diversity and Inclusion

a people-first culture

an open and inviting environment

Morris James believes that promoting diversity and inclusion is critical to our quest for excellence and our ability to understand and meet our clients’ expectations. Our culture fosters an open and welcoming environment that not only encourages, but also expects, contributions from people with diverse views, experiences, and backgrounds.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Patricia A. Winston chairs our Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Comprised of lawyers and firm executives, the committee vigorously seeks to recruit and promote outstanding attorneys and professionals who are underrepresented in the legal profession. To further its effectiveness and increase our firm’s diversity efforts, committee members also hold leadership positions in outside professional and community groups dedicated to enhancing diversity.

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee strives to recruit, retain, develop, engage, empower, and promote talented lawyers and professionals with diverse backgrounds, experience, and skills, fostering a work culture that values perspective, creativity, and contribution from all resulting in superior client service and astute counsel.

It is our vision to cultivate a leading workforce of diverse professionals across all practice areas and offices, where cultural differences are embraced, appreciated, and respected, and policies and practices are inclusive thereby positioning the firm as a leading provider of legal services in Delaware.

Strategic Plan

Morris James is committed to the sustainability of its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee recruits and promotes outstanding lawyers and professionals who are underrepresented in the legal profession. The D&I Committee oversees the firm’s D&I strategic plan and guides the firm in adopting best practices and policies.

The D&I Committee established five objectives, with accompanying tactical actions, for the successful execution of the D&I Mission and Vision.

  • Firm Commitment
  • Workforce Diversity
  • Workplace Inclusion
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Lead by Example

Firm Commitment

Morris James invests in D&I through communications, outreach, training, professional development, and community engagement. The D&I Committee guides these efforts to ensure accountability and advancement of the D&I Mission and Vision. Read more

Workforce Diversity

Morris James recognizes the advantages to having a diversified workforce with similarities and differences in thought, experience, and background. The firm recruits, retains, and develops a diverse, talented, and qualified workforce to service its clients. Read more

Workplace Inclusion

Morris James is an inclusive workplace where employees are recognized for contributions. The firm encourages diversification in client teams and firm committees, recognizing that an inclusive workplace is in the best interest of our clients and employees. Read more

Supplier/Vendor Diversity

Morris James understands that commitment to D&I extends beyond the firm. We hire minority-owned and women-owned businesses, when possible, to ensure that these companies are better able to compete. Read more.

Lead by Example

Morris James is a respected leader within the legal and businesses communities and, therefore, the firm positions itself as a driver of change. The firm works with clients, bar associations and schools to foster a stronger environment for D&I. Read more.

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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Patricia A. Winston | Committee Chair, Partner

Jill Di Sciullo | Counsel

Jim Gallagher | Partner

Wilson Gualpa | Associate

Brya Keilson | Counsel

Sherry Leary | Chief Operating Officer

Ian McCauley | Partner

Dawn Sheiker | Director of Client Relations

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