Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion are  guiding principles of our Firm. As a diverse and inclusive workplace, our employees feel valued and respected as individuals, irrespective of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, or disability. We are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion in all areas of the firm, from recruitment and professional development to promotion and leadership. The Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council is comprised of diverse lawyers and administrative staff and is charged with overseeing the Firm’s initiatives including recruitment, internal and external programming, family-friendly programs, and the Firm’s commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.

We are proud to be the first law firm in the U.S.
to receive Gender Fair Certification.

Dorf & Nelson is the recipient of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association “Family Friendly Award”, an award given in recognition of our commitment to gender equality. Additionally, we are proud to presently be the only law firm in the United States to be Gender Fair® certified.  Two members of the Firm, Jon Dorf and Honorable Anthony Scarpino,  are the recipients of  the  Legal Services of  the Hudson Valley “Equal Access to Justice” Award.

To ensure future diversity in the legal profession, the Firm endows the “Beth S. Nelson Memorial Scholarship” at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a preference that it is awarded to a female student beginning a new career later in life. We are pleased that the 2021 scholarship was awarded to Venesha White. Recently, the 2022 scholarship was awarded to Heather Wallace. Click the links to watch Venesha’s Thank You Video and Heather’s Thank You Video.

At Dorf & Nelson we draw upon our diverse perspectives to tackle solutions for our clients’ most difficult situations.  It is our belief and philosophy that diversity of thought, diversity of perspectives, diversity of opinion and diversity of background promotes creative, innovative and proactive results for our clients.  We are committed to maintaining now and in the future a workplace that mirrors our multicultural society.  In furtherance of our commitment, we employ individuals of different races and ethnicities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, older adults, and veterans. The Firm is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace because we believe every employee deserves to work and thrive in an environment that embraces and truly values their differences.

The Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council is chaired by Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Melissa G. Andrieux, Esq. “The D&I Council is such an important part of what makes Dorf & Nelson such a special place to work. It is our mission that every team member know they have an opportunity to contribute and be included in all aspects of the Firm. My personal goal with the D&I Council is to listen to the suggestions and recommendations, implement many, if not all of the recommendations, and continue the Firm’s progressive nature and environment of respect and inclusivity. However, at Dorf & Nelson we know that diversity, equity and inclusion does not stop at our door. We are committed to ensuring that the ideals the Firm holds are shared with our community. Dorf & Nelson not only has internal diversity initiatives but we make it a priority to regularly educate the external community on best diversity, equity and inclusion practices.”- Melissa Andrieux

Diversity & Inclusion Council meeting (April 2022)