Nimesh Patel is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this role he works closely with the firm’s chairperson and Management Committee and is responsible for leading the firm’s global diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives. This includes ensuring that the firm’s core principles of inclusiveness and diversity are reflected in all efforts related to recruiting, professional development, advancement, and strategic partnerships. Nimesh has nearly 25 years of experience advancing diversity and inclusion issues in both the private sector and the federal government. Prior to joining Akin Gump, he served as the head of diversity and inclusion at another prominent global law firm. Nimesh also served as the executive director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with 230,000 employees worldwide. Nimesh’s prior work experience also includes being an associate in the labor and employment practice at two large international law firms, with a specialty in corporate diversity counseling. He started his career as an Honor’s Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, where his experience included serving as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section and as an assistant general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Nimesh’s numerous leadership experiences include serving as a past NAPABA President, former vice chair of the D.C. Commission on Human Rights, and current Board member for both the NAPABA Law Foundation and Asian Americans Advancing Justice: AAJC.