Since our founding more than 85 years ago, Fairfield and Woods has promoted an environment that supports diversity and values the unique contribution each individual can bring to a client engagement. Several of our attorneys have progressed from clerical positions (while attending night law school) to full-equity positions in the firm.
The most notable is Mary Brickner who was one of the first female partners in Denver. Mary joined the firm as a legal secretary in 1942, and became an attorney in 1958. In 1964, she was made a partner with Fairfield and Woods, P.C. This was at a time when most female attorneys were relegated to junior support positions. She practiced with us until her retirement at age 72.
Today, we frequently hire attorneys who have taken a less traditional path in building a career in law. Several of our attorneys held established careers in other fields before entering law school. We find that our clients benefit from the business experience our attorneys received while out in the “real world.” As a result, we can develop a wider range of solutions resulting from an enhanced perspective and a broader understanding of the practical business concerns of our clients.
Our commitment to diversity is furthered by investing the time and resources necessary to hire, mentor, and retain lawyers with diverse backgrounds. We provide all attorneys with equal access and opportunity for training, mentoring, guidance, evaluation, and opportunities to succeed. Our attorneys learn and grow through challenging work, client contact, and feedback.
Our Diversity Committee ensures our ongoing commitment by staying involved in the community and diverse bar associations such as the Asian Pacific Bar, Hispanic Bar and Women’s Bar Associations, and attendance at the Colorado Bar Association’s Diversity Summit. Most recently, we hosted an in-house diversity conference, bringing in leading speakers from area employers to brainstorm ways we can actively recruit and retain diverse attorneys and enhance the overall service we provide our clients.
It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, veteran status, ancestry, age, disability, or any other attribute or characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all recruitment, hiring, promotion, and compensation, as well as all aspects of the employer-employee relationship.