Diversity & Inclusion


Saul Ewing a founding firm for Pittsbugh's Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition
June 27, 2017
Saul Ewing LLP is one of the founding law firms for Pittsburgh’s Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition.

Sharma participates in Roundtable discussion on diversity
June 21, 2017
Indira Sharma proudly participated in the Legal Intelligencer’s Roundtable Discussion on Diversity Issues where she and a panel of attorneys discussed solutions for diversity issues facing law firms today.

Zachary discusses firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts
June 5, 2017
Sheri Zachary, Saul Ewing’s Director of Career Development and Inclusion, discusses how the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives have evolved over the years.

Sharma named one of the “Top 50 Asian American in Business”
May 9, 2017
Asian American Business Development Center recognizes Indira Sharma, Saul Ewing’s Diversity & Inclusion Chair with its 2017 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award

Silvia Shin is firm’s 2017 LCLD Fellow
March 16, 2017
Silvia A. Shin, a partner in the firm’s Public Finance Practice, has been selected as the 2017 Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

Debunking the Three Stereotypes of Millennial Lawyers
November 30, 2016
Susan Gogniat, an associate in the Business and Finance Practice, authored this article about the generational stereotypes millennial lawyers may face in the workplace.

Saul Ewing sponsors Rider University’s Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program
May 25, 2016
Saul Ewing is proud to support the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program at Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

Saul Ewing LLP sponsors Manavi Annual Dinner
April 22, 2016
Saul Ewing LLP is a proud sponsor of the Manavi Annual Dinner, which raises funds to support the New Jersey-based organization’s mission to end violence against South Asian women.

Saul Ewing sponsors National Bar Association’s 2016 Gateway to Success III during Mid-Year Conference
April 21 - 24, 2016
Saul Ewing LLP is a proud sponsor of Gateway to Success III: Taking your Career to the Next Level – Private Firm or Corporate – in a Challenging Competitive Market.

Saul Ewing sponsors National Black Law Students Association Annual Convention
March 9 - 13, 2016
Saul Ewing LLP is a proud sponsor of the 48th Annual National Convention of the National Black Law Students Association in Baltimore, Maryland.

Saul Ewing sponsors University of Maryland’s Black Law Students Association 41st Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet
March 4, 2016
Saul Ewing LLP is a proud sponsor of the University of Maryland’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) 41st Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet.

Saul Ewing sponsors Justice in Action Awards Luncheon
February 26, 2016
Saul Ewing LLP is a proud sponsor of the 7th annual Justice in Action Awards Luncheon, which brings together legal professionals, law students and others to raise funds for Mazzoni Center Legal Services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Saul Ewing sponsors University of Maryland’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Annual Cocktail Reception
February 25, 2016
Saul Ewing LLP is a proud sponsor of the University of Maryland’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) 7th Annual Spring Reception.

Katrina J. Dennis Selected as Saul Ewing’s 2016 Fellow for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
February 16, 2016
Katrina J. Dennis, a partner in Saul Ewing’s Commercial Litigation Practice, has been selected by the firm as the 2016 Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

Saul Ewing attorneys help trans people with name changes
February 4, 2016
Anthony P. Forte, a partner at Saul Ewing and a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, is quoted in this article highlighting Saul Ewing’s involvement in a national pro bono program which provides free name change services to low-income trans people.

Saul Ewing sponsors 2015 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair
August 5, 2015
Saul Ewing’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is a sponsor for the 2015 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair.

View Additional Diversity Happenings in Archives


  • 2012 Firm Diversity Award from the Black Law Students Association at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • 2011 Gold Standard Certification Award from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), honoring law firms that have integrated women in to the highest leadership positions in the Firm
  • Seven Women Partners were named Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast by Arrive magazine, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals, 2009 and 2011
  • Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity, Multicultural Law magazine, 2005, 2006 and 2007


While Saul Ewing convened its first Diversity Committee in the mid-1990s, the effort intensified in 2001 when the Committee was restructured to include key decision makers. Next, the Firm retained Dr. Arin Reeves of the Athens Group, who conducted a needs assessment and talked to attorneys and staff and gleaned information that resulted in Saul Ewing's Strategic Plan for Diversity.

An eleven-member Diversity Committee pursues the plan's goals and objectives. One of the Committee's traditions has become the Firm's Annual Diversity Retreat, a popular event that is held each Fall and draws attorneys from throughout the Firm. In 2008, conversations among Diversity Committee members led to the establishment of our Women’s Development Initiative, and, in 2011, the Diversity Committee inspired a second affinity group, our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Group. The Firm is proud of its accomplishments and how Firm management has made diversity a key business priority.

Committee Members and Liaisons:

Indira K. Sharma, Chair • 410.332.8621 • email

Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark

Sherry H. Flax (Women’s Development Initiative)

Anthony P. Forte

Victoria M. Frazier (Administrative Assistant)

Ruth Fry (Baltimore Office Manager)

Charlotte Hale-O’Sullivan (Practice Communications Manager)

Joel C. Hopkins (Evaluation)

Paul M. Hummer

Meri Kahan (Manager of Attorney Recruiting)

Michelle N. Lipkowitz (Diversity & Inclusion Partner)

Soha Mody

Naomi A. Mukalian (Director of Attorney Recruiting)

Joshua S. Pasker (Hiring Partner)

Valerie G. Pennacchio

Jennifer K. Peterson 

Jay Reilly

Silvia A. Shin

Jason M. St. John (Executive Committee)

Cristina Stummer

Carrie Tongarm

Sheri M. Zachary (Director of Career Development and Inclusion)