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Offit Kurman Names New Co-Leaders of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

July 20, 2022 - Bethesda, MD -- Offit Kurman has announced that Principal Tanya Freeman and eKnowledge and Innovation Manager Desiree Gareau will be co-leaders of Offit Kurman’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.) Committee. In this role, they will be jointly responsible for elevating D.E.I. awareness, developing D.E.I. programs, and implementing D.E.I. initiatives as outlined in the firm’s strategic objectives.

Tanya Freeman has held numerous leadership roles in organizations focused on promoting diversity. She currently is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee and serves as the Co- Chair of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Desiree Gareau has served on Offit Kurman’s Women’s Initiative Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, the firm’s Diversity Committee’s Steering Committee, and its Internal Networking and Subspecialty Group. She also led D.E.I. initiatives for previous employers.

“Offit Kurman is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment where we value, support, and develop employees of all backgrounds and experiences,” said Tanya Freeman. “I am excited to step into this role with Desiree and look forward to nurturing a culture of belonging and empowerment.”

Desiree Gareau added, “Through our diversity, we will drive innovation to bring our full authentic selves to work and deliver value to our clients and the communities we serve. We will also focus on attracting, retaining, and advancing talent from all backgrounds. With Tanya’s expertise and our mutual dedication to this work, I am thrilled to be part of this initiative.”

Offit Kurman’s D.E.I Committee leverages the firm’s skilled, diverse workforce to engage, educate, and advocate by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. The Committee works to foster a culture of belonging, remove impediments that hinder diversity, and leverage programs that allow all to succeed and achieve the goal of “One Team, One Firm, One Mission”.


Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.