Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging are guiding principles of the Firm. Our team members are valued and respected as individuals, irrespective of their race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability or disability. We are committed to building a firm that reflects the rich diversity reflective of the communities in which we live and serve, and to promoting our guiding principles in all areas of the firm, from recruitment and professional development to promotion and leadership. 

Dorf Nelson & Zauderer is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within the firm. One of the ways in which we strive to achieve this is through establishment of the Diversity & Inclusion Council, which is chaired by Melissa G. Andrieux, Esq. The D&I Council plays a pivotal role in supporting various internal and external DEIB initiatives, including programs that promote and support our team members as well as implement initiatives designed to recruit, train, mentor and retain our attorneys and legal professionals. 

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A Message from the Firm’s Chief Diversity Officer

“The D&I Council is an important part of what makes Dorf Nelson & Zauderer a special place to work. It is our mission that every team member know they have an opportunity to contribute and be included in all aspects of the Firm. My goal with the D & I Council is to listen to the suggestions and recommendations, implement many, if not all of the recommendations, and continue the Firm’s progressive nature and environment of inclusion and belonging. However, at Dorf Nelson & Zauderer we know that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging do not stop at our door. We are committed to ensuring that the principles the Firm holds are communicated internally to our team and externally to our community. Dorf Nelson & Zauderer not only has internal diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives, but we make it a priority to regularly participate in external programs to educate the community on DEIB practices that they can implement within their organizations.”

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Diversity & Inclusion Council

Together, these council members collaborate to drive meaningful change within our organization. Their collective expertise and commitment contribute to the success of internal initiatives that cultivate an inclusive and supportive work environment for everyone at Dorf Nelson & Zauderer.

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Melissa G. Andrieux

Chief Diversity Officer

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Hon. O. Peter Sherwood

Senior Counsel

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Justine Cardenas

Paralegal

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Robin (Zongbin) Yi

Associate

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Christina L. Grimes

Associate

Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Event February 1, 2024

 

At Dorf Nelson & Zauderer we draw upon our diverse perspectives to tackle solutions for our clients’ most difficult situations. It is our belief and philosophy that diversity of thought, diversity of perspectives, diversity of opinion and diversity of background promotes creative, innovative and proactive results for our clients. We are committed to maintaining now and in the future a workplace that mirrors our multicultural society. In furtherance of our commitment, our team members are individuals of different races and ethnicities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, older adults, and veterans. The Firm is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace because every employee deserves to work and thrive in an environment that embraces and truly values their differences.

Beth S. Nelson Memorial Scholarship

To ensure future diversity in the legal profession, the Firm endows the “Beth S. Nelson Memorial Scholarship” at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a preference that it is awarded to a student beginning a career in law later in life. We are pleased that the 2021 scholarship was awarded to Venesha White. The 2022 scholarship was awarded to Heather Wallace. The 2023 scholarship was awarded to Ana Florez.

The Firm is the recipient of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association “Family Friendly Award”, an award given in recognition of our commitment to gender equality. Additionally, we are proud to presently be the only law firm in the United States to be Gender Fair® certified. Two members of the Firm, Jon Dorf and Honorable Anthony Scarpino, are the recipients of the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley “Equal Access to Justice” Award.

We are proud to be the first law firm in the U.S. to receive Gender Fair® Certification.

Beth S. Nelson Memorial Scholarship

To ensure future diversity in the legal profession, the Firm endows the “Beth S. Nelson Memorial Scholarship” at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a preference that it is awarded to a female student beginning a new career later in life. We are pleased that the 2021 scholarship was awarded to Venesha White. Recently, the 2022 scholarship was awarded to Heather Wallace.

At Dorf Nelson & Zauderer we draw upon our diverse perspectives to tackle solutions for our clients’ most difficult situations. It is our belief and philosophy that diversity of thought, diversity of perspectives, diversity of opinion and diversity of background promotes creative, innovative and proactive results for our clients. We are committed to maintaining now and in the future a workplace that mirrors our multicultural society. In furtherance of our commitment, our team members are individuals of different races and ethnicities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, older adults, and veterans. The Firm is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace because every employee deserves to work and thrive in an environment that embraces and truly values their differences.

Dorf Nelson & Zauderer is the recipient of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association “Family Friendly Award”, an award given in recognition of our commitment to gender equality. Additionally, we are proud to presently be the only law firm in the United States to be Gender Fair® certified.  Two members of the Firm, Jon Dorf and Honorable Anthony Scarpino,  are the recipients of  the  Legal Services of  the Hudson Valley “Equal Access to Justice” Award.

To ensure future diversity in the legal profession, the Firm endows the “Beth S. Nelson Memorial Scholarship” at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a preference that it is awarded to a female student beginning a new career later in life. We are pleased that the 2021 scholarship was awarded to Venesha White. Recently, the 2022 scholarship was awarded to Heather Wallace. Click the links to watch Venesha’s Thank You Video and Heather’s Thank You Video.

Westchester Women's Bar Association's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Event February 1, 2024

Diversity
Strategy Committee

Diversity
Strategy Committee

Formed in 2003, MoFo’s Diversity Strategy Committee (DSC) supports a variety of internal diversity, LGBTQ+, and women’s initiatives, programs, and groups designed to recruit, train, mentor, and retain diverse lawyers and staff.

The DSC comprises senior and mid-level partners, including the firm’s chair, two office managing partners, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and the Chief Legal Talent Officer.

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Melissa G. Andrieux
Jon A. Dorf
Hon. O. Peter Sherwood

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