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

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

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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