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Diversity




An Invitation to Join

Diversity at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn is an ongoing strategic initiative that extends beyond our own offices to our industry and community. We invite you to join us in our efforts to identify and implement solutions to broaden the diverse nature of our business.

Diversity Vision Statement—The Future

We at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP are committed to achieving true structural diversity throughout the firm that, at a minimum, reflects the diversity of the general population of each community in which we practice law, in every office, professional discipline, industry group, and firm committee.

Mission Statement—What We Do

We work to ensure that diversity—which is essential to understanding varying perspectives, finding creative and effective solutions to our clients' needs, realizing the best we have to offer, and cultivating a fair justice system—is considered and implemented in every aspect of our firm.

MNG&D Diversity Fellowship Program

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP (“MNG&D”) and its clients believe that the quality of legal services delivered will be significantly aided by increasing and promoting diversity within the firm, and within the Pacific Northwest’s legal, business, public sector, and philanthropic communities. To achieve this goal, MNG&D has created a multifaceted Diversity Program that includes the highly selective Diversity Fellowship. Each year, MNG&D makes available two Fellowships to exceptional law students. Each Fellowship recipient receives a paid summer associate position at either MNG&D’s Seattle, Washington, or Portland, Oregon office. After successful completion of the summer associate clerkship, each Fellowship recipient is awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Each recipient may receive a MNG&D Diversity Fellowship only once.

Deadlines and application information for the Fellowship will be posted on the firm's website in July and November each year.

Women and Minority Business Enterprise Program

The firm has developed a program that affords both diverse and nondiverse attorneys the ability to attract and represent at a reduced fee small and emerging women and minority business enterprises.

Billable-Hour Credit

The firm provides each attorney with billable credit of 150 hours per year for work on specific Diversity Committee-approved initiatives. Possible Diversity Committee billable initiatives include the time spent implementing and/or participating in: (1) a firm-branded annual diversity event, (2) an anti-bias educational program, (3) the firm’s diversity mentoring program, and (4) the women and minority business enterprise program. In addition, time spent on targeted diversity recruiting in out-of-state law schools approved by the Diversity and Recruiting Committees will also receive billable credit.

Additional Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Pro Bono hours credit 
  • Recruiting efforts on campuses with high OCI stats 
  • Workflow statistics 
  • King County Prosecutor’s Trial Program 
  • Washington Leadership Institute

Diversity & Inclusion Committee


Naomi Haslitt
Committee Co-Chair 


Richard E. Mitchell
Committee Co-Chair


Kieran J. Curley
Managing Partner  


Steven A. Miller
Partner-In-Charge, Seattle


Alyson Palmer
Attorney, Seattle


Will Rasmussen
Recruiting Co-Chair, Portland


Iván Resendiz Gutierrez
Attorney, Portland


Aubrey Seffernick
Recruiting Co-Chair, Seattle


Jeanne Sinnott
Attorney, Portland


Megan Starich
Attorney, Seattle


James Walker
Attorney, Portland


Vanessa Wheeler
Attorney, Seattle


Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Recruiting and
Professional Development



Cynthia Voth
Director of Business
Development and
Administration, Seattle 


Mira Moore
Lawyer Recruiting and
Professional Development
Coordinator