Diversity & Inclusion

A Culture of Inclusion

Bird Marella takes pride in its diversity and is constantly striving to reinforce our inclusive, collegial, and multigenerational culture. With 35% of our principals, 45% of our associates and counsel, and 57% of our support staff identifying as minorities, we value the unique perspectives and backgrounds of our diverse attorneys and staff.

Diversity Committee

Our Diversity Committee, comprised of principals, associates and staff members, works to support diversity and inclusion both within the firm and the community through service, advocacy, and education. Among its many initiatives are efforts to promote and support local organizations focused on diversity issues, in addition to supporting BIPOC-owned local businesses.

The Diversity Committee also works with our Pro Bono Committee to identify and partner with organizations to address systemic issues of inequality and support organizations committed to the advancement of marginalized communities.

All attorneys and staff are eligible to receive billable credit for time devoted to volunteering with charitable organizations with racial justice or diversity and inclusion initiatives, or public interest organizations that benefit underserved groups or communities.

Bird Marella has partnered with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to serve as the Los Angeles Lead for the LCLD’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program. The LCLD is a 320-member national organization consisting of general counsels and managing partners of law firms devoted to creating a more diverse legal profession in the United States.

The Success in Law School Mentoring Program serves first-year law students from diverse backgrounds, matching them with mentors from local LCLD Member Organizations who provide guidance and strategies for success in law school and beyond. Through a combination of individual and group mentoring, LCLD gives talented law students the mentoring they need to reach their full potential.

As the City Lead for Los Angeles, Bird Marella has assumed primary responsibility for coordinating with law firms and law schools throughout Los Angeles to facilitate the program’s individual and group mentorship to local 1L law students.


We have been recognized by national legal publications as one of the best law firms for minorities in the country, and our lawyers are consistently recognized as among the top women and minority lawyers in Los Angeles and California.

  • Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys, Law360
  • Most Influential Women Lawyers, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Most Influential Minority Attorneys, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Top 100 Women Lawyers, Daily Journal
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers, Daily Journal
  • Trailblazer Award, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Impact Lawyer of the Year, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  • Women’s Summit Nominee, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Law Firm Diversity Award, National Asian Pacific Bar Association
  • Compass Award, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity