Diversity at Burnham Brown


For over a century, Burnham Brown has provided legal services to corporations, small businesses and individual professionals. Burnham Brown is committed to providing high quality professional services with a diverse work force.

Diversity Committee

Burnham Brown's Diversity Committee includes attorneys and staff members from all corners of the firm. This group meets regularly to coordinate and promote diversity throughout the firm operations, including staffing, recruiting, assignments, training, mentoring, community involvement and business development and headed by its Chairperson, Rohit Sabnis.


Burnham Brown is an equal opportunity employer that provides a wide variety of career opportunities for attorneys and legal service professionals. The firm strives to provide a supportive work environment that enhances recruitment, retention and advancement of attorneys with diverse backgrounds. Experienced attorneys and staff work closely with associates to establish development benchmarks in legal research, writing, presentation and client communications. This balance of practical experience and mentoring enables the firm to serve the needs of its diverse client base.

Minority Attorneys

Women currently hold leadership positions in several preeminent practice areas, including Labor and Employment and Insurance. In addition, women attorneys regularly serve in management capacities and as members of the firm's Board of Directors. The current firm operations include women and minorities serving in leadership positions in the following departments: Accounting, Business Development and Marketing, Human Resources and Information Technology.

Burnham Brown is a member of many Bay Area Chambers of Commerce and regularly participates in women's networking events sponsored by these organizations. Burnham Brown encourages these activities and values the opportunity to have its attorneys develop stronger networking ties among women in the legal profession.

Diversity In The Profession

Burnham Brown attorneys are active members of a wide range of professional organizations committed to diversity, including the National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers and judges. Similarly, Burnham Brown attorneys are also active in numerous Hispanic and Asian professional associations, including the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, and the Asian American Bar Association.

Burnham Brown also promotes an inclusive environment for gay and lesbian attorneys and staff. As a well established San Francisco Bay Area firm, Burnham Brown has a long history of supporting this community. The firm has participated in events sponsored by the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, which is one of the region's leading gay rights legal organizations. The firm has membership in the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA), which is the nation's oldest gay and lesbian chamber of commerce. Burnham Brown provides domestic partner health benefits to all its employees.

Diverse Clients

The firm regularly handles matters that involve Asian business interests that range from multi-million dollar contract disputes to complicated probate matters involving parties that have a network of firms in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea to draw upon. 

Community Involvement

Burnham Brown is an active supporter of women's events including the Annual Professional Business Women's Conference, East Bay Women's Conference as well as our own Annual Women's Event. Business Women in all industries and all levels share their wisdom and experience, ignite new thinking and fulfill their potential to live remarkable lives.

Burnham Brown is a proud major sponsor of the Alameda County Community Food Bank and is represented on its Board of Directors. The mission of the food bank is to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes. Burnham Brown's commitment to breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty includes staff food sorting volunteer days at the food bank and food drive sponsorships.

Susan Firtch started the Burnham Brown "Adopt a Preschooler" Program in December 2000 where participants provide new clothes and toys to these disadvantaged preschoolers at The Alice Street Learning Center in Oakland. The firm also held a Preschool Book Drive to provide new books for "our" preschoolers at the Learning Center, and for the Learning Center itself. Burnham Brown supports the Legal Assistance for Seniors program, which is dedicated to ensuring the independence and dignity of seniors through legal advice and representation, senior education, and the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP).

The firm also contributes to the City of Oakland's Neighborhood Law Corps. Foundation, which allows attorneys employed by the city to represent citizens and help them combat crime and neighborhood decay by utilizing nuisance laws and municipal ordinances.

Continued Emphasis on Diversity

Because Burnham Brown places a high premium on diversity, it will continue to provide periodic updates about its activities. We are constantly striving to provide better client service by attracting, retaining and promoting individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all genders and from a broad range of racial, ethnic, social, economic and religious backgrounds. Check out our event's section to register for our Annual Advancing Diversity Networking Reception

For more information about Burnham Brown's commitment to diversity, please call
Rohit Sabnis directly at (510) 835-6820 or email him at rsabnis@burnhambrown.com.