Brown & James is committed to providing its employees the best possible work environment. We recognize that it is only through the retention of the best lawyers and support staff that we can provide our clients with the exemplary legal counsel and representation that have been our hallmarks.

Diversity Statement

Brown & James, P.C. is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a work environment respectful of differences in gender, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, and all other aspects of diversity in the workplace.

Brown & James supports and participates in the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, the National Bar Association Diversity Conference, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Minorities in the Legal Profession Section, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Diversity Committee, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Justice for All Ball, and the Mound City Bar Association, a St. Louis City organization devoted to minority legal professionals. The firm also supports non-legal diversity programs such as the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair and Black History Month.

Our firm has long recognized the importance of work/life balance. Lawyers may elect non-traditional work schedules.

Brown & James actively recruits women and minority lawyers and offers them mentoring and opportunities to gain litigation experience and training unmatched by comparable law firms.

To support and promote diversity goals, Brown & James has a Diversity Committee and sponsors a Women’s Initiative. The firm also provides domestic partner benefits.

It is our desire to provide employees the best possible workplace, one that is open to diversity and supportive of every employee. We know that only through the retention of the best employees can we provide our clients with the exemplary legal counsel and representation that have been our hallmarks.

Mansfield Rule Certification. Designed to increase the number of attorneys from historically underrepresented groups in law firms with 25 to 150 U.S. attorneys, the Midsize Mansfield Rule is a certification administered by Diversity Lab. Historically underrepresented groups for purposes of the Midsize Mansfield Rule include racial/ethnic minority attorneys, female attorneys, LGBTQ+ attorneys, and attorneys with disabilities. The certification requires our firm to consider at least 30 percent historically underrepresented lawyers for 60 percent or more of all hiring searches and openings, partner promotions, firm governance and managing partner roles, and formal client meetings and pitches.

Commitment to Diversity

  • 30% of firm comprised of female attorneys
  • Disability Inclusion Commitment participating firm
  • Attorneys regularly attend Defense Research Institute’s annual Diversity for Success seminar
  • Sponsor of St. Louis Internship Program, providing inner-city high school students hands-on business experience and funds to purchase appropriate business attire
  • Senior associates are provided 150 hours toward professional and personal development

Read more about our efforts in the community in this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.