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: 2023 A Year in Review

The Diversity and Management Committees are proud to present our Diversity & Inclusion Report: 2023 A Year in Review. The annual publication highlights the firm’s ongoing initiatives and future goals, and can be found here

In crafting this year’s Diversity & Inclusion Report, we wanted to highlight the firm’s commitment to the values that serve as our foundation and define the culture of our organization. With our shared values in mind, together with a guiding principle of belongingness, we commissioned artist Katrina Sánchez. As you view this Report, we hope the images of the artist’s creative process spark your imagination, allowing you to pause and reflect on the soft sculpture, entitled Raíces Valoradas, Ramas Empoderadas (Valued Roots, Empowered Branches). Moore & Van Allen is pleased to reveal the finished work at the end of our Report, and it will be proudly displayed in our Charlotte office. We hope the work engages you and contributes to our shared sense of belonging and community.

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 named as a finalist for the 2024 Chambers USA Awards in the DEI: Outstanding Firm category

MVA named one of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural 2023 Empowering Women award winners

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

MVA earns top score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index

MVA joins the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

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MVA employees gave over a quarter-million dollars in financial support through firm-led giving campaigns in 2023.
Ranked Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index

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