Partner, Co-Chair of Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Co-Chair of Personnel Committee
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Headquarters: New York, New York
CEO: Theodore V.H. Mayer, Chair
Her Credentials: JD, University of Florida College of Law; BA, Dartmouth College
His Philosophy: To practice law at the highest level–and do it really well–we have to be able to come to work and feel free to be our full, individual selves, and be respected for it. When we practice in a diverse, inclusive atmosphere, we personally benefit, and our work on behalf of our clients benefits.
In 2019, Gragg and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion increased the number of diverse attorneys in leadership roles and the inclusion of diverse attorneys in developing new client relationships, expanded implicit bias training, and grew the firm’s mentoring program. Hiring college interns, law school students, and law school graduates through the firm’s pipeline initiatives, increasing internal affinity group activities, and performing outreach to external groups that support diversity in the legal profession were also among the Committee’s achievements.
Goals for 2020 include continuing to increase the number of diverse attorneys in partnership and leadership roles, expanding the firm’s mentoring program to include sponsorship opportunities, and formal incorporation of goal-setting activities in the mentor/mentee relationship. Gragg will also work to increase opportunities for the firm’s diverse attorneys to connect with existing clients and to establish new client relationships, and to identify additional external opportunities for leadership training for diverse attorneys.