HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

Q&A: Kim Rivera on genesis of HP's fee-holdback program, and goals.

, The Recorder


The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

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What's being said

  • Araali

    I like HP‘s policy a lot. I think one of the underlying causes of discrimination is that white males are afraid and unsettled because they think that they will not be able to compete with black and other diverse attorneys. My solo shop uses HP products and will continue to do so. I also intend to circulate this policy statement to my colleagues in South Africa and I hope it is dissiminated throughout the continent.

  • GC of Fortune 500 Company

    HP‘s policy is discriminatory on the basis of race and gender. No two ways about it.

  • mike

    “With this we can withhold up to 10% of all amounts invoiced by law firms that do not meet or exceed our minimal diverse staffing requirements,” Rivera, HP’s general counsel since November 2015, wrote. Simple solve here, law firms should add a 10% diversity fee to HP‘s bills.

  • M.L. King

    I will never buy another HP product or service, or a product or service HP contributes to, as long as I live.

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