Who We Are


Our Commitment to Diversity

Although proud of our consistent advancement in diversity rankings, Gordon & Rees recognizes that surveys have little to do with building an inclusive environment. Instead, much like a home, inclusion is built brick by brick until all the pieces come together to form something revered and wonderful.

As Gordon & Rees continues to grow, we collectively thrive by cultivating an environment that values our differences. We take great pride in each and every individual's contribution to the firm. Our focus on inclusion creates an innovative workplace that fosters discussion and collaboration. Those perspectives and insights, in turn, benefit our clients as we advise and guide them on their legal needs.

As gatekeepers to the justice system, we know that attorneys are vital to ensuring the process and its members reflect the diverse values of our society. At Gordon & Rees, we take this charge seriously. We understand the need for real progress and lasting results. While these challenges are often difficult, we are committed to effectuating change and we pledge that our firm will continue to reflect the multicultural world in which we live and work.

Firm Leadership

Gordon & Rees launched a new strategic plan over 10 years ago that called for growth across the country. We knew our growth could be a catalyst to build on our culture of inclusion. At the time, there were few models to follow, so we charted our own course.

Since launching the plan, we have grown our headcount by more than 300 percent and added more than 20 offices. We grew by being vigilant about inclusiveness in hiring, mentoring, retaining, and promoting.

Our strategy has produced wonderful results in the areas of diversity and inclusion, particularly in firm leadership. A case in point is our growth rate of office managing partners. We have increased the number of our diverse and women office managing partners at more than six times the rate of our office openings.

At Gordon & Rees, inclusion is something that starts at the top and we are proud that our firm leadership reflects our culture.

Measuring Up

  • No. 26 on the 2014 Diversity Scorecard: Gordon & Rees continues to make gains since its first appearance on the list in 2005 at No. 170.
  • Byeongsook Seo received the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado’s Minoru Yasui Award. The award – APABA’s highest honor – is given to an individual or group whose community service exemplifies the achievement of Yasui.
  • Lance Ream named president-elect of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and will serve as its president in 2015-2016.
  • 2013 Thomas L. Sager Award Finalist: Gordon & Rees was a finalist for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's 2013 Thomas L. Sager Award for the West Region, which recognizes a firm's commitment to the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys.
  • 12 Offices Led by Diverse or Women Managing Partners: Since 2005, Gordon & Rees has more than doubled its number of national offices and more than quadrupled the number of offices run by diverse or women managing partners.
  • 90 out of 100: Gordon & Rees received a score of 90 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for maintaining an inclusive workplace for bisexual, gay, and transgender employees.
  • No. 11 in Partner Diversity: MultiCultural Law Magazine ranked Gordon & Rees in its 2012 list of "Top 50 Law Firms for Partners.
  • No. 14 in Law Firms for Hispanic-Americans: MultiCultural Law Magazine ranked Gordon & Rees in its 2012 list of "Top 25 Law Firms for Hispanic-Americans.
  • No. 16 in Law Firms for Women: MultiCultural Law Magazine ranked Gordon & Rees in its 2012 list of "Top 100 Law Firms for Women.
  • No. 47 in Overall Diversity: MultiCultural Law Magazine ranked Gordon & Rees in its 2012 list of "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity.
  • Diversity Leadership Award: Gordon & Rees received the "Diversity Leadership Award" from the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.
Diversity Contact

Franz Hardy
Denver Office Partner
Chair, National
Diversity Committee
Ph: 303-534-5160