“Our diversity efforts are critical to attracting and retaining the nation’s top tax and employee benefits legal talent.”


Ivins, Phillips & Barker maintains a longstanding commitment to attracting, retaining, and promoting talented attorneys from a diverse range of backgrounds.  We believe that furthering diversity in our workplace is essential to providing the comprehensive representation and valuable insights that our clients demand.  

As a small specialized firm that rarely hires lateral partners, we pursue this goal first by recruiting our associates from a diverse pool of applicants and promoting education among new lawyers in what we do. For instance, the firm has co-sponsored the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section’s Washington D.C. community outreach training program for recent women and minority law school graduates. The firm is also a sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association's annual convention. Within the firm, we foster a professional environment that emphasizes long-term development and leadership opportunities for all new attorneys.

The composition of the firm’s partner ranks illustrates our commitment to these efforts. Women and minorities make up one-third of our partnership, including 75% of the associates who were promoted to partner within the past five years.