Sherman & Howard L.L.C. recognizes that diversity is critical to the success of the Firm and our clients. We are mindful that a multiplicity of characteristics and skills enhances any organization, and that recruiting, retaining and promoting a diverse group of professionals whose talents are drawn from a broad cross-section of backgrounds enhances our capacity for offering the highest quality legal services to our clients. As a Firm, we recognize that our ability to function at the very highest level of our profession, and to continue to exceed the needs of our diverse range of clients, is enhanced by building a team of lawyers and staff who bring us the benefits of a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, gender, ethnic, religious and personal backgrounds.
Sherman & Howard’s Inclusiveness Council, is comprised of attorneys and other Firm professionals who work to ensure that inclusiveness is a core value throughout the Firm. The term “inclusiveness” expresses this idea in a way that can also be used to describe efforts to increase diversity in the workplace. Thus, Sherman & Howard seeks to develop and maintain a partnership and workplace that is inclusive for all attorneys and staff, including people regardless of their race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national or ethnic origin.
These initiatives include:
Sherman & Howard is a charter signatory in The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group, which emphasizes the importance of increasing the number of racially and ethnically diverse attorneys recruited, hired and promoted by law firms in Colorado. Sherman & Howard recognizes the importance of having a diverse and inclusive workforce that is reflective of the culture and history of our surrounding community.
The Firm also encourages and supports attorney involvement in minority bar associations, and a number of attorneys take advantage of this by using their allotted practice development funds to pay association dues. Our attorneys are active in organizations including the Sam Cary Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar and the national and local chapters of the Hispanic Bar Association.
Sherman & Howard is proud to have many diverse attorneys involved in management at both the Firm and department levels. Minority and women attorneys serve in roles including Executive Committee Members and Department Managers.
- Executive Committee Member – R. Michael Sanchez
- Executive Committee Member – Diana M. Wendel
- Labor and Employment Department Manager – Heather F. Vickles
- Litigation Department Manager – Katherine Dawson Varholak
- Tax Department Manager – Bridget K. Sullivan
The Sherman & Howard Inclusiveness Council, composed of both attorneys and staff, is responsible for ensuring that the goal of a greater representation of diverse professionals is consistently reflected in the Firm’s recruiting, retention and training efforts.