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Co-chaired by Lisa J. Rodriguez and Keith E. Whitson, Schnader’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is comprised of professional staff, associates, and junior and senior partners of the Firm. The DEI Committee meets monthly, and all employees of the Firm are welcome to attend. The Committee is tasked with increasing the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys, and building and measuring inclusion across the organization. The Committee’s work includes:

  • Examining all Firm practices, policies, infrastructure, and procedures through a diversity and inclusion lens, and making recommendations and changes;
  • Facilitating internal engagement and programming on diversity and inclusion issues;
  • Drafting and reviewing policies that support inclusion within Schnader and promote diversity with our clients and vendors; and
  • Participating in and supporting community activities that advance diversity.

The DEI Committee is comprised of four subcommittees: Recruitment, Retention, Metrics, and Community and Inclusion.


  • Brian Abbate, Marketing and Social Media Manager 
  • Jeanne Schubert Barnum, Counsel
  • Lisa Brauner, Partner
  • Albert S. Dandridge, III, Partner
  • Alexandra A. Fahringer, Associate
  • Charles F. Harlow, Partner
  • Anne E. Kane, Partner
  • Nicholas J. LePore, III, Managing Partner
  • Timothy K. Lewis, Counsel
  • Julie P. Meyers, Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Client Relations
  • Anjeanette Milner, Conflicts Analyst
  • Ken Puhala, Chairman of the Firm
  • Claudia Rayer, Director of Human Resources
  • Ira Neil Richards, Partner
  • Brandy S. Ringer, Associate
  • Lisa J. Rodriguez, Partner and DEI Committee Co-Chair
  • David Smith, former Chairman of the Firm
  • Jennifer K. Thai, Partner
  • Keith E. Whitson, Partner and DEI Committee Co-Chair
  • Stephenie W. Yeung, Partner