Thomas L. Sager Award

The Thomas L. Sager Award (“Sager Award”) is presented to large Am Law 200 law firms (500+ attorneys) that champion a more diverse and inclusive workforce and have demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys. The Sager Award was first presented in 1999 and is named after former DuPont Senior Vice President and General Counsel Thomas L. Sager, a widely-respected leader in diversity.

The MCCA determines the honorees for the Sager Award based on its extensive review of the 2022 MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey submissions. Based on that extensive analysis of the firms’ demographic data as well as the corresponding quantitative trend data of each firm’s recruiting, retention and promotion efforts we will select our 2022 Thomas L. Sager Award finalists and national winner. The 2022 Sager finalists and national winner will be recognized on October 19, 2022 at our Diversity Gala.

Please join us as we celebrate MCCA’s 25th anniversary and celebrate all our honorees and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About Thomas L. Sager

For more than two decades, DuPont has worked to achieve a stronger, more equitable balance of race, ethnicity and gender throughout the organization. Like environmental stewardship or on-the-job safety, the company has made diversity a corporate value — and driven it into every segment of its operation, from recruiting to training to professional development. In DuPont’s legal department, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Tom Sager is a driving force for improving the hiring, retention, promotion, and involvement of minorities and women. Sager helped pioneer DuPont’s Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program and continues oversight of the program today. Through his leadership, the DuPont Legal Model has received national acclaim for infusing business principles into the practice of law.

2021 Thomas L. Sager Award National Winner

Award Accepted by: Kathleen O’Sullivan,
Chair, Firmwide Executive Committee

2021 Thomas L. Sager Award
National Finalists

2020 Thomas L. Sager Award National Winner

Award Accepted by: Guy Halgren,
Chairman

2020 Thomas L. Sager Award
National Finalists

Akin Gump

2019 Thomas L. Sager Award National Winner

Award Accepted by: Guy Halgren,
Chairman

2019 Thomas L. Sager Award
National Finalists

View the finalists’ videos presented at the 2019 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.

2018 Thomas L. Sager Award National Winners

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP tied for the national winner of the 2018 Thomas L. Sager Award.

Award Accepted by: Jami Wintz McKeon,
Chair of the Firm

2018 Thomas L. Sager Award
National Finalists

Orrick

View the finalists’ videos presented at the 2018 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.

Past Thomas L. Sager Award Honorees

MCCA is proud to honor and distinguish firms that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity and tried something new and succeeded, whether in recruitment and retention, mentoring, pipeline programs, or LGBT initiatives. Click below to view the complete list of our past Thomas L. Sager Award honorees.

2020


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
(Winner)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
(Finalist)
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
(Finalist)

2019


Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
(Winner)
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
(Finalist)
Reed Smith LLP
(Finalist)

2018


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
(Winner)
Proskauer Rose LLP
(Winner)
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
(Finalist)

2017


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
(Winner)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
(Finalist)
Proskauer Rose LLP
(Finalist)

2016


Littler Mendelson P.C.
(Winner)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
(Finalist)
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
(Finalist)

2015


Shearman & Sterling LLP
(Northeast)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Vinson & Elkins LLP
(South)
Ogletree Deakins
(Midwest)
Lim Ruger
(West)

2014


Wong Fleming
(Northeast)
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Jackson Walker LLP
(South)
Littler
(Midwest)
Reed Smith LLP
(West)

2013


Ropes & Gray LLP
(Northeast)
Beveridge & Diamond PC
(Mid-Atlantic)
Hayne and Boone LLP
(South)
Seyfarth Shaw
(Midwest)
Reed Smith LLP
(West)

2012


Pepper Hamilton LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Schiff Hardin LLP
(Midwest)
Ropes & Gray
(Northeast)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
(South)
Crowell Moring
(West)

2011


Ford & Harrison LLP
(South)
Littler Mendelson P.C.
(Midwest)
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
(West)
Covington & Burling LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Dewey & LeBoeuf
(Northeast)

2010


Baker Botts LLP
(South)
Sutin, Thayer & Browne
(South)
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
(Midwest)
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
(West)

2009


Vinson & Elkins
(South)
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
(Midwest)
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
(West)
WilmerHale
(Mid-Atlantic)
Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP
(Northeast)

2008


Vinson & Elkins
(South)
Abbott, Simses & Kuchler
(South)
Robin, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
(Midwest)
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
(West)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
(Northeast)

2007


Adorno & Yoss
(South)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
(South)
Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin and Tominberg, Ltd.
(Midwest)
Nixon Peabody LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
(West)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
(Northeast)

2006


Akerman & Senterfitt
(South)
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
(Midwest)
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
(Western)
Shearman & Sterling LLP
(Northeast)

2005


Adorno & Yoss
(South)
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
(Midwest)
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Reed Smith LLP
(Western)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Northeast)

2004


Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
(Northern)
Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy, LLP
(Western)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Faegre & Benson LLP
(Midwest)
Godwin Gruber, LLP
(South)

2003


Steel Hector & Davis LLP
(South)
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP
(Midwest)
Howrey Simon Arnold &White, LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Morrison & Foerster LLP
(West)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Northeast)

2002


Haynes and Boone, LLP
(South)
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
(Midwest)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Akin Gump Struass Hauer & Feld LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP
(West)
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
(Northeast)

2001


Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
(South)
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
(Midwest)
Akin Gump Struass Hauer & Feld LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Morrison & Foerster LLP
(Northeast)

2000


Winston & Strawn LLP
(Midwest)
Foley & Lardner LLP
(Midwest)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Winston & Strawn LLP
(Northeast)

1999


Kilpatrick & Stockton LLP
(South)
McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP
(South)
Holland & Knight LLP
(South)
Sanchez & Daniels LLP
(Midwest)
Sidley Austin Brown &Wood LLP
(Midwest)
Akin Gump Struass Hauer & Feld LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Arnold & Porter LLP
(Mid-Atlantic)
Winston & Strawn LLP
(Northeast)
Davis, Polk & Wardwell
(Northeast)

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