Diversity & Inclusion

An integral part of who we are and the work we do

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is committed to fostering education and dialog to ensure that diversity and inclusion of individuals and their perspectives are valued and sought out.

To ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are front and center, our Committee for Diversity and Inclusion works closely with our recruiting, professional development, pro bono, and business development committees.

Mansfield Rule

MBHB has earned Mansfield Certification from the Diversity Lab. Named after Arabella Mansfield – America’s first female lawyer – the Mansfield Rule encourages law firms to consider at least 30% of historically underrepresented lawyers for leadership positions and activities, such as equity partner promotion, participation in formal client pitches and business meetings, and election or appointment to high-level firm governance positions.

“Diversity is a core value for our firm and a key enabler of our ability to help clients protect their innovations by securing and enforcing intellectual property rights,” said Daniel Pozdol, MBHB managing partner. “We’re proud to earn this recognition from the Diversity Lab, which validates our longstanding efforts to build a firm full of talented individuals with diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences.”

Diversity Lab aims to use Mansfield to increase the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership. MBHB participated in the Mansfield Rule for midsize law firms (defined as firms with between 25 and 150 lawyers in the U.S. and Canada), which launched in 2020.

MBHB Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

The MBHB Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship is an intentional, tangible step to strengthen diversity and inclusion within the firm and, more generally, throughout the field of intellectual property law. Our Fellowship provides an opportunity for 1L and 2L students from an ABA-accredited law school to participate in the firm’s summer associate program and receive a $10,000 scholarship for law school tuition or other school-related expenses. — view details of the 2022 recipients, 2021 recipients

D&I Billable Hour Credit

The firm strongly supports pro bono and diversity efforts by all practitioners, and to demonstrate our commitment, the firm grants billable hour credit for pre-approved pro bono and diversity efforts. Practitioners receive billable credit for up to 5% of their annual quota for approved D&I activities.


Please contact partners Michael Borella, Ph.D.Jori Fuller

Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action

MBHB is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression or any other protected group status under the law. MBHB is compliant with the Connecticut General Statutes §§ 4a-60(a)(1) and 4a-60a(a)(1), as amended.