Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Setting an Example of True Equity
We started DiCello Levitt with a simple premise that we continue to carry forward. We want people who are hired to feel like they can be themselves one hundred percent of the time. By bringing meaningful cases, and a non-hierarchical structure that provides our lawyers significant responsibility and experiences, we have created a firm that embraces the vast perspectives shared through diversity.
Our environment of inclusion – where we encourage everyone to share their concerns and ideas, through regular ‘huddles’ – not only builds a more cohesive team, but it also ensures longevity of the firm’s overall health. We impart these same principles with our client engagements.
Building the Pathway Toward Leadership
Achieving equity involves lawyers from historically underrepresented groups being appointed to leadership roles in class actions, mass torts, and as first-chairs of trials. Senior members of our team work one-to-one with our lawyers to provide a training ground and toolset to best prepare our next-gen leaders.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
Our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is dedicated to promoting the hiring, retention, and promotion of a diverse pool of candidates, ensuring that DiCello Levitt is a safe and affirming environment for all. The committee co-chairs are proactively working to advance efforts toward an inclusive work environment through professional development, trainings, education, recognition, and best practices.
In addition to blazing trails for diverse candidates to be appointed to lead nationwide multidistrict litigations, committee members serve on boards and as members of a number of legal organizations aimed at increasing diversity, including the LGBTQ Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, LGBT Bar Association of New York, and the American Bar Association, Antitrust Section’s Diversity Advanced Committee.
“Our environment of inclusion encourages everyone to share their ideas and perspectives.”– Greg Asciolla
The Chair of our Privacy, Technology, and Cybersecurity Group Amy Keller was the youngest woman ever appointed to co-lead a class action and now leads among the most class actions in history. In the past two years alone, Amy Keller has negotiated and achieved more than $2 billion in settlement relief.
The Managing Partner of our Birmingham, Alabama office, Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann is the first Black woman ever appointed to co-lead a multidistrict litigation. Fu is a founding member of Shades of Mass, an organization dedicated to encouraging the appointment of attorneys of color in national mass tort actions.
David Straite was appointed to the LGBTQ Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association in 2022.