Moore & Van Allen fosters a culture of diversity, belonging, and inclusion at our firm and in the many communities we serve. Diversity is embraced and promoted across the firm in our recruiting, development, and promotion programs for lawyers and staff with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. There is unequivocal strength in diversity, and we believe different perspectives enable us to better serve our clients.

Message from Leadership

We remain steadfast in our belief that in order to achieve the best outcomes we must remain open and supportive of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We are proud to support a culture where we work hard to welcome, include, value, and listen to everyone.

Tom Mitchell, Chair, Management Committee
Amy Johnson, Co-chair, Diversity Committee
Valecia McDowell, Member, Management Committee; Co-chair, Diversity Committee


Diversity & Inclusion Report: 2022 A Year in Review

The Diversity and Management Committees are proud to present our Diversity & Inclusion Report: 2022 A Year in Review. The annual publication highlights the firm’s ongoing initiatives and future goals, and can be found here

At Moore & Van Allen (MVA), we understand that it’s important to embrace cultural and personal differences for many reasons. It allows us to compete successfully in today’s marketplace, builds rapport and understanding, and ensures a respectful workplace for practicing law and serving clients. In 2022, we continued to demonstrate our commitment to building a more inclusive, diverse culture where every individual can feel valued and thrive professionally. MVA remains on a journey to drive profound change in equity and inclusion — something we consider to be akin to an art form. Every work of art takes time, collaboration, thoughtfulness, and vision. On behalf of the Diversity and Management Committees, we are thrilled to celebrate our collective contributions to our 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report.

Recruiting & Retention

Moore & Van Allen is committed to recruiting, developing and promoting lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Working closely with the firm’s Management, Diversity and Recruitment committees we have adopted several initiatives designed to support these values. We believe there is unequivocal strength in diversity and remain unwavering in efforts to leverage that power for our clients.

MVA 1L Diversity Conference

Moore & Van Allen’s annual Diversity Conference is designed to introduce 1L law students to leaders and career opportunities in the legal industry. Students are selected through a competitive application process and gain exposure to the climate of diversity in the legal industry through various networking opportunities, interactive panels, and presentations.

MVA Diversity Scholarship

Launched in January 2019, Moore & Van Allen’s Diversity Scholarship Program is a summer employment opportunity for students just finishing their first year in law school. Open to all 1L students, we evaluate candidates based on their demonstrated leadership qualities, ability to overcome challenges, academic performance, work experience, communication skills and community involvement. Selected students have the opportunity to participate in the firm’s 10-week summer associate program and may receive up to $35,000 in additional scholarship money.

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

Moore & Van Allen is a founding participant and longstanding partner of the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship (CLDC). Established in 2006, the CLDC program operates with one basic goal — to improve diversity in the Mecklenburg County Bar by attracting top first-year law students with diverse backgrounds to Charlotte through corporate and law firm summer internships.

Community Partners

The Diversity Committee strives to cultivate and maintain relationships with several community partners including, but not limited to, the following:

Diversity Statement

Together We Can Do More

At Moore & Van Allen, representation extends beyond traditional legal services to help our clients achieve their goals. Our commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion at our firm and in the many communities we serve directly advances this mission. We strive to build a team where different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are not only embraced but celebrated. Only then can people bring their authentic selves to work and deliver the best outcomes for our clients. Our commitment to diversity is not just a business imperative but a core value.

MVA was named a 2023 Lawyers of Color (LOC) Aspire Diversity Award

Moore & Van Allen (MVA) was recognized as a recipient of the Lawyers of Color (LOC) Aspire Diversity Award on May 18. Lawyers of Color is devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. 

MVA receives Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality recognition

For the sixth consecutive year, MVA earned a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. The survey rates businesses on their commitment to LGBTQ inclusion practices in employee benefits, professional development and accountability, as well as public commitment.

MVA joins the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

MVA is one of over 280 law firms that have joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). LFAA is a coalition of firms that will work with other organizations that are uniting to identify and dismantle systemic racism in the law and in government institutions. MVA was the only North Carolina based law firm to sign-on to the effort initially.

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MVA employees gave over a quarter-million dollars in financial support through firm-led giving campaigns in 2022.
Corporate Equality Index ranked MVA one of the “Best Places to Work” for LGBTQ Equality in 2022.

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