Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"The time is always right to do what is right."—Martin Luther King, Jr.

CPM knows that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive law firm is a more innovative and successful one. CPM's employees come from different backgrounds and walks of life, and their unique experiences and insights contribute to the richness and vibrancy of our offices. Across our employees, we embrace diversity of background, perspective, culture, and experience, and together we have been working to fight injustice and inequity for decades.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is not new or news. We have a long history of promoting women, people of color, and other diverse individuals to the firm’s leadership. Forty-two percent of our partners are women. Most of our partners are working parents. And many of our attorneys and staff identify with at least one diversity factor.

As part of CPM’s commitment to making both the legal profession and justice system more accessible to everyone, CPM has established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to enhance our existing supportive and welcoming workplace environment, where employees of all backgrounds and demographic characteristics can work together collaboratively. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements of a thriving workplace and community. CPM actively recruits talent from historically underrepresented backgrounds in recognition that a diverse workplace is a strong workplace. The DEI Committee and its leadership are committed to making CPM reflective of America and our clients.

Diversity Committee

Meet CPM's DEI Committee Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Castillo and Karin Swope. If you would like to learn more about CPM’s commitment to DEI, please contact Liz or Karin for more information.

Diversity Award

The San Mateo County Bar Association Diversity Committee presented our founding partner, Joseph W. Cotchett, with the first ever Diversity Award in 2011. California Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye presented this honor to Cotchett, stating that he achieved the award by “demonstrating a meaningful and consistent commitment to increasing and maintaining diversity in San Mateo County at all levels of the legal profession.”

DEI Testimonials

  • "CPM's employees come from all walks of life, and we strive every day to foster a culture of inclusion and respect." 

    - Darren G. Kelley, Director of Human Resources

  • "Three former CPM Partners are currently sitting judges -- all women -- more than any other firm of its size in California."

    - Nanci E. Nishimura, Partner

  • "CPM understands that diversity leads to stronger advocacy and better outcomes for its clients. Its diverse staff is its greatest asset."

    - Nazy J. Fahimi, Partner

CPM Celebrates Black History Month

CPM celebrates Black History Month in February 2023 with coffee catered by Black-owned local business, Sextant Coffee Roasters. Sextant Coffee Roasters works directly with farmers across Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia, and elsewhere, and served some of the word’s finest espresso-based coffee drinks to CPM’s employees.

CPM Celebrates Women's History Month

CPM celebrates Women’s History Month in March 2023 with “Trivia Night” on women past and present who have helped shape our world. CPM employees from various offices engaged in a friendly competition to determine who knew their trailblazing women best and remember the women who paved the way for humankind’s achievements.

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