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02.29.2024 Firm News

Janet Cho Appointed Chair of Williams Mullen’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Janet W. Cho, a Richmond-based partner in Williams Mullen’s Intellectual Property Section, has been named chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is comprised of firm leadership, attorneys and professional staff with the goal to further Williams Mullen’s culture as one of inclusion at every level and in every aspect of the firm. Under Cho’s leadership, the committee will continue to focus on diversity and inclusion at the firm through recruiting, retention, mentoring, leadership development, training and community outreach. The committee is directed by a strategic plan that centers action around supporting employee well-being, inclusion, diversity and engagement.

“I am proud to assume the role of chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee,” said Cho. “I look forward to continuing the committee’s work to foster diversity and inclusion throughout our firm and to support our vibrant and diverse communities in which we serve.”

The committee oversees three affinity groups that actively support the professional development and success of diverse attorneys: the Attorneys of Color, the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group and the Women’s Initiative. Cho succeeds partner Robert Lawson­, who chaired the committee from 2021 to 2024.

"We greatly appreciate Robby’s impact on our firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts, which continued to develop and expand throughout his tenure,” said Woody Fowler, president and CEO of Williams Mullen. “I know Janet will maintain the momentum, and I look forward to what the committee can achieve under her leadership.”

Williams Mullen has been consistently recognized for its efforts in diversity and inclusion. It was named a 2023 “Tipping the Scales” firm by the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance and received its sixth consecutive score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

Cho is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property (2021-present), Trademark Law (2023). She also earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, her Master of Arts degree from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.