Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Brach Eichler’s commitment to DEI is a strategic imperative and is rooted in our vision to have a workforce in which our employees can reach their fullest potential in an inclusive environment. We recognize that diverse perspectives reap better results and more value for our clients.

Our efforts extend through a multi-pronged approach focused on attracting, developing, and retaining culturally diverse talent. This includes driving change and supporting our attorneys, legal staff, and business professionals through our Diversity Committee, Diversity Advisory Group, affinity groups, programs, and partnerships.

Culture of Inclusion - Create an environment that fosters inclusion and belonging. We strive to ensure all our people can bring their full, authentic selves to work each and every day.

Client Engagement - Collaborate with clients and the legal community on diversity and inclusion programming.

Inclusive Recruitment - We recruit exceptionally talented, committed, and knowledgeable individuals by working with a range of organizations and resources to develop diverse, successful employees.

Brand, Reputation, and Community - Seek to establish Brach Eichler as a leader in diversity for our clients, team, business partners, and legal industry.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action

Brach Eichler supports a range of initiatives that give lawyers the opportunity to thrive and contribute positively to their communities. Presently, the firm offers internal training, mentoring, and networking programs, as well as business development and leadership workshops.

420NJEvents Expungement Clinic

Brach Eichler is a proud sponsor and supporter of 420NJEvents. This Black-Owned Cannabis Lifestyle Brand was co-founded by two childhood friends. Survivors of the “War on Drugs,” both grew up witnessing the disparate impact that marijuana had on the Black Community and decided to do something about it. On September 14, 2021 Brach Eichler provided pro-bono legal services to assist with the expungement process for non-violent cannabis convictions.

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association - Fall Kickoff Cocktail Party - October 6, 2021

Executive Women of New Jersey's Seat at the Table Report - November 3, 2021

Brach Eichler is a proud sponsor of EWNJ’s 2021 Seat at the Table Report – Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Boardroom and Beyond.

Diversity Committee and Advisory Group

In strategizing how to effectively foster this firmwide transformation effort, a multi-pronged approach was created which focused on attracting, developing, and retaining culturally diverse talent. The multi-pronged approach included driving change and supporting our attorneys through the creation of a Diversity Committee, as well as affinity groups, and programs that partner with diversity-related bar associations and other legal industry and community organizations.

The Diversity Advisory Group is made up of firmwide employees at all levels who engage in professional development discussions and firm policies and procedures, in order to further the firm's ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts.

The firm works with a DEI consultant who is tasked with the integration of a diversity and inclusion strategy along with the assessment of organizational performance in order to establish, design, and implement initiatives that build and sustain a high performing, inclusive, and culturally competent Brach Eichler workforce.

Susan K. Dromsky-Reed
Diversity Leader

John D. Fanburg
Diversity Leader

Gloria McDonald
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

Edward P. Capozzi 
Diversity Committee

Charles X. Gormally
Diversity Committee

Joseph M. Gorrell
Diversity Committee

Carol Grelecki
Diversity Committee

Samantha Karni
Diversity Advisory Group

Kathleen Lamb
Diversity Advisory Group

Jessica Paige
Diversity Advisory Group

Ana Polo
Diversity Advisory Group

Regina Rodriguez
Diversity Advisory Group

Kelley Rutkowski
Diversity Advisory Group

David Tsin
Diversity Advisory Group

Edward Yun
Diversity Advisory Group

DEI Associations and Organizations

Brach Eichler has a history of supporting the following DEI associations and charitable organizations:

Non Profit & Charitable Organizations

Allinial Global Family Business Community of Practice
American Heart Association
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Center for Nonprofits
Children on the Green
Community Foundation of New Jersey
Cooper Foundation
Health & Senior Services
Hope Chest Scholarship Foundation
Housing Partnership for Morris County
Impact 100 Garden State
Jersey Battered Women’s Service
Jersey Shore Council – Boy Scouts
Jewish Community Foundation
Jewish Family Services
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Kingdom Leadership Academy
Land Conservancy of New Jersey
Legal Services Corporation of NJ
Liberty Health Foundation
Literacy Volunteers of Union County
Lupus Research Alliance
Mount Saint Dominic Academy
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
New Jersey State Bar Foundation
Newark Museum
Newton Medical Center
NJ Performing Arts Center
Partners for Women and Justice
Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey
Project Acorn
Table of Hope Soup Kitchen
The Battery Conservancy
The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life
The Pro Bono Partnership
Urban Pathways
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

Industry Associations

Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association
Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey
Corporate Law Committee, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
Hispanic Bar Association
International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc.
Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
Metro Women’s Leadership Summit
Montclair State Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship
National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum
National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
National Association of Women Lawyers
National Bar Association Women’s Division
National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations
National LGBT Bar Association
National Women’s Law Center
New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP, Inc.), Advisory Board
New Jersey State Bar Association, Women in the Profession Section
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey
Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology
Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey, Inc.
Women in Leadership – Public Accounting & Consulting
Women’s Bar Association
Women’s Leadership Council
Women’s White Collar Defense Association

BEWISE – Brach Eichler Women’s Initiative for Success and Excellence

At Brach Eichler, women serve at the highest levels of the firm—on the Executive Committee and as policy and compensation committee members. The mission of BEWISE, Brach Eichler’s professional women’s program, is to empower the women of Brach Eichler and prepare them for fulfilling leadership positions in the law and at the firm. Through periodic meetings and monthly gatherings, our female lawyers—partners and associates alike—educate each other about the work they do and share experiences, challenges, and solutions. These internal networking opportunities foster camaraderie and an environment of mentorship, learning and, importantly, one of women helping women.

Several times a year, our BEWISE leaders reach out to likeminded women’s groups in other professional firms in order to build relationships, both personal and professional. The result is not only a business development opportunity but an informative and enriching experience for all.

Annually, BEWISE hosts an event inviting members’ professional female contacts from the area, featuring an external speaker on a topic of interest to the women at Brach Eichler and beyond. Stay tuned for information about our next event.

Senior BEWISE Leaders

Susan K. Dromsky-Reed, Esq.
Member and Co-Chair,
Trusts and Estates Practice

Frances B. Stella, Esq.
Member and Chair, 
Environmental and Land Use Practice

Rose Suriano Headshot

Rose A. Suriano, Esq.
Member and Co-Chair, 
Litigation Practice

Associate Leaders