Minorities in Private Practice

NALP Bulletin, August 2004 

Related: November 2004 Press Release — Women and Attorneys of Color Continue to Make Only Small Gains at Large Law Firms

Looking at the larger lawyer population as reflected in the NALP Directory of Legal Employers shows that, among partners, African-Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics are relatively equally represented. Among associates, however, Asian/Pacific Islanders account for half of minorities. As is the case with new graduates, and sometimes paralleling them, these measures vary from city to city, as illustrated in the table on the opposite page.

Thus, most minority partners and associates in Miami are Hispanic. Asian/Pacific Islanders dominate in Los Angeles and San Francisco; African-Americans do so in Atlanta and Detroit. The few other cities with relatively high Hispanic representation include Austin and Tampa.

Attorney Demographics at Private Sector Employers – 2003


PARTNERS ASSOCIATES
Total # of Partners % Minority % African-American % Asian/P. Islander %Hispanic Total # of Associates %Minority % African-American % Asian/P. Islander % Hispanic
Overall 52,943 4.04% 1.38% 1.31% 1.20% 62,706 14.63% 4.07% 7.01% 2.96%
BY FIRM SIZE (# OF LAWYERS):
100 or fewer 7,989 3.87 0.83 1.99 0.90 6,232 10.83 2.60 4.91 2.63
101-250 14,148 3.25 1.30 0.85 0.96 12,757 11.74 3.75 4.96 2.52
251-500 12,800 3.65 1.53 0.92 1.02 13,790 13.55 4.48 5.26 2.55
501+ 18,006 5.01 1.58 1.64 1.64 29,927 17.16 4.31 9.12 3.40
BY CITY:
Atlanta 1,479 3.99 3.11 0.47 0.34 1,870 13.16 8.72 2.78 1.39
Austin 443 6.55 1.58 0.23 3.39 472 12.08 2.33 4.45 4.87
Baltimore 493 3.45 2.23 0.41 0.61 365 5.75 3.29 1.37 0.55
Birmingham 394 1.52 1.27 0.00 0.00 264 4.55 3.41 0.00 0.38
Boston 1,821 3.02 1.43 1.04 0.44 2,479 10.69 2.34 6.25 1.82
Charlotte 474 2.53 1.05 1.05 0.42 451 7.32 5.54 0.67 1.11
Chicago 3,992 3.41 1.35 1.10 0.90 3,713 11.77 3.77 5.87 1.83
Cincinnati 455 1.98 1.76 0.22 404 4.95 3.22 0.99 0.74
Cleveland 694 3.31 2.45 0.29 0.29 723 5.95 3.04 2.07 0.55
Columbus 595 3.87 2.69 0.50 0.17 512 8.98 4.49 3.13 0.78
Dallas 1,549 3.94 1.03 0.58 1.87 1,796 11.47 2.84 3.01 5.18
Denver 537 3.91 1.68 0.93 1.30 474 12.45 2.53 2.95 5.91
Detroit area 913 4.05 3.29 0.33 0.44 567 10.93 7.23 2.12 1.23
Hartford 459 0.87 0.65 0.22 0.00 521 6.53 2.30 2.30 1.92
Houston 1,213 4.78 1.24 0.66 2.64 1,445 21.45 5.19 4.78 4.91
Indianapolis 442 2.49 1.58 0.68 0.23 390 5.64 3.08 1.54 1.03
Kansas City area 647 1.70 0.77 0.46 0.31 588 6.97 3.40 1.70 1.87
Los Angeles 2,363 7.02 1.74 3.00 2.12 3,334 20.97 3.15 12.54 4.47
Miami 639 19.41 1.56 0.63 16.90 530 38.11 6.04 1.51 30.00
Milwaukee 675 1.04 0.15 0.30 0.44 498 8.23 3.21 3.01 1.61
Minneapolis/St. Paul 1,232 1.95 0.73 0.57 0.32 937 9.93 3.31 4.59 1.28
Nashville 364 2.20 2.20 265 5.28 3.40 0.75 0.75
New York City 6,257 4.03 0.99 1.79 1.20 13,890 18.65 4.46 10.42 3.33
Newark area 420 1.67 0.71 0.24 0.71 626 10.86 4.15 3.35 3.04
Northern Virginia 311 3.86 1.29 2.25 0.32 358 12.85 4.19 5.59 3.07
Orange Co., CA 453 3.31 0.22 2.21 0.88 623 16.69 1.12 11.88 3.53
Philadelphia 1,627 2.21 1.78 0.31 0.12 1,775 8.11 3.94 2.76 1.24
Phoenix 613 3.43 0.98 0.33 1.63 529 12.29 2.08 4.91 3.78
Pittsburgh 670 1.34 0.60 0.60 0.15 660 5.30 1.97 2.58 0.61
Portland, OR 506 2.17 0.59 0.59 0.79 360 8.06 1.67 5.00 1.11
Raleigh/Durham 188 1.06 1.06 0.00 0.00 168 5.95 3.57 1.19 0.60
Richmond 520 2.50 1.92 0.19 0.19 426 7.51 5.63 1.17 0.70
San Diego 444 4.50 0.23 1.58 2.25 588 16.50 1.70 7.99 4.93
San Francisco 1,535 6.19 1.24 3.19 1.37 2,146 20.83 3.08 13.47 3.73
San Jose area 700 8.14 0.86 5.29 1.71 1,560 25.58 2.05 20.51 2.18
Seattle area 1,008 5.26 1.29 3.37 0.40 785 14.52 2.80 8.66 1.66
St. Louis 593 2.02 1.35 0.34 0.34 477 9.22 5.45 2.31 1.05
Tampa/St. Petersburg 364 4.12 0.55 0.27 3.02 293 9.56 3.07 1.71 4.78
Washington, DC 4,935 4.40 2.07 1.30 0.99 6,409 15.54 6.13 6.51 2.42
Wilmington 283 0.71 0.35 0.35 0.00 295 8.47 4.07 2.71 1.69
Source: The 2003-2004 NALP Directory of Legal Employers. Nationwide, a total of 1,357 law offices are represented. For law firms that repeated firmwide information on lawyers of color for each office listing, demographic information was retained for just one office to avoid double counting. The associates category includes senior and staff attorneys. The Kansas City area includes offices in Leawood and Overland Park, Kansas. Orange County includes offices in Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Newport Beach. The San Jose area includes offices in Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, and Sunnyvale. The Seattle area includes offices in Bellevue and Kirkland. The Detroit area includes offices in Bloomfield Hills, Bingham Farms, and Southfield. The Newark area includes offices in Newark, West Orange, and Roseland. The few Native American and multi-racial lawyers reported are included in the minority percentages, but are not reported separately.
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