Nossaman LLP


Nossaman is irrevocably committed to the proposition that all people, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age or sexual orientation, are entitled to fair and equal treatment, and we continue to respect the personal dignity, value, and importance of our attorneys, our employees, our clients, our strategic partners and other business colleagues and associates.  We remain firmly committed to the fair and equal treatment of our attorneys and employees, without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age or sexual orientation, and we embrace diversity both as an end unto itself and because we are committed to nondiscrimination in our workplace and in our business dealings.

We believe that it is only through continuous and deliberate action that meaningful progress can be made. Our efforts include:

  • Providing a work environment that respects and embraces diversity by creating opportunity for diverse lawyers to thrive, including offering flexible work schedules and developing affinity groups for women, minority, and LGBT attorneys;
  • Sponsoring outside diversity events and job fairs;
  • Playing active roles in bar associations and other organizations that promote diversity by serving as board and committee members and participating in panel discussions; and
  • Collaborating with members of the legal community to raise awareness and advance shared diversity principles and goals to help make a positive impact in the community.

Nossaman is proud to have received awards and recognition over the years, some of which include:

  • Nossaman recognized by Law360 as one of "The 100 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys," 2015;
  • Nossaman recognized by Law360 as one of "The 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys," 2015; 
  • Nossaman Partner named one of California's "Top 100 Women Lawyers" by Daily Journal for 2015;
  • Nossaman Partner named one of  21 "2013 Most Powerful and Influential Women of California" by the National Diversity Council;
  • Nossaman ranked by The Recorder as a Top California Firm for Diversity;
  • Named "Employer of the Year" by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar;
  • Ranked 5th highest in number of female partners in a California Lawyer diversity survey; and
  • Three Nossaman partners received Awards of Merit from the Bar Association of San Francisco for their volunteer activities in BASF's School-To-College diversity pipeline program.

Nossaman is proud to play an active role in organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession and community. Our specific roles in promoting diversity are highlighted below.

Key Organizations:

  • Asian Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Bay Area Black Law Partners
  • Bay Area Leaders for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
  • Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (BWLNC)
  • California Association of African American Advocacy Professionals
  • California Diversity Counsel
  • California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • Equality California
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Inland Counties Women at Law
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL)
  • Iranian American Bar Association (IABA)
  • Japanese American Bar Association
  • John M. Langston Bar Association
  • Korean American Bar Association (KABA)
  • Lambda Legal
  • Latina Lawyers Association
  • Leadership California
  • Los Angeles Women's Transportation Scholarship Foundation
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • National Bar Association
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association, Gender Bias Committee
  • Orange County Women Lawyer's Association
  • Queen's Bench
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • University of San Francisco Women Lawyers Committee
  • Women's Foundation of California, The Women of Color Donor Circle
  • Women in Transportation
  • Women's Transportation Seminar
  • Women's Infrastructure Network

Internship and Student Development Programs:

  • Bar Association of San Francisco's School-To-College diversity pipeline program
  • Bar Association of San Francisco's Minority Law Student Scholarship
  • Bar Association of San Francisco's Law Academy
  • Black Law Students Association's (BLSA) Annual "Meet the 1L's" reception in San Francisco
  • Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program
  • Los Angeles Inner City Youth Internship Program
  • University of San Francisco School of Law's Women Lawyers Committee Transitional Student Scholarship

Leveraging the differences that mirror the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we work and live strengthens the services we provide our clients. We encourage you to help us build a diverse professional community by sharing your insight, referring an attorney, or sending us your resume.

Currently three affinity groups at the Firm meet throughout the year to discuss diversity related initiatives, current events, etc.  To learn more about Nossaman's diversity efforts, please contact one of the individuals below.

Alfred Smith -- Committee Chair / Minority Affinity Group

Cloey Hewlett -- Women's Affinity Group

Jan Mock -- LGBT Affinity Group

Professional Spotlight

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Clothilde V. Hewlett
Clothilde Hewlett is a public policy attorney and national leader on diversity who applies a powerful blend of lobbying, negotiation, and facilitation to forward her clients' interests on the development of major projects.  Ms. Hewlett assists clients with policy issues in California and at the federal level, across several industries. 
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