Hahn & Hahn LLP

Commitment to Diversity

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Hahn & Hahn is a certified majority Women & Minority Owned Business Enterprise

Hahn & Hahn LLP was established in 1899, when there was little to no diversity in the workplace, especially in the legal field.  By the middle of the 20th Century, Hahn & Hahn was well established as one of Southern California’s elite, old-guard firms, a white shoe boutique renowned for its excellence and the integrity of its attorneys. Like virtually every law firm of its vintage, it was also the quintessential Old Boys’ Club.

That all began to change in 1975 when the firm hired its first female attorney, Susan T. House. Fresh out of the UCLA School of Law, Susan House joined the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice as a junior Associate. The expectations were high, and Susan did not disappoint.  In 1979, she became Hahn & Hahn’s first female Partner.  Attorney Dianne H. Bukata joined the partnership a few years later.

In the decades since Susan and Dianne joined the firm, Hahn & Hahn has worked tirelessly to promote equity and diversity in the legal field and beyond. In 2017, the firm officially shed the Old Boys’ Club mantel with its certification by the California Public Utilities Commission and the Supplier Clearinghouse as a majority Women & Minority Owned Business Enterprise. Today, two thirds of the firm’s attorneys identify as women and/or minorities.

How It All Began

For as long as anyone with the firm can remember, the attorneys at Hahn & Hahn have gathered each Friday for lunch at the University Club in Pasadena. When Susan House arrived in 1975, however, women were not allowed to join the Club and they were barely tolerated as guests—and only in the Club’s private meeting rooms. From the moment Susan arrived, Hahn & Hahn ‘s all-male leadership began to leverage its considerable influence to persuade the Club to change its men-only policy.

Although it took them a decade to change the policy, the firm never gave up. When Hahn & Hahn Partner George Baffa was elected President of the University Club, the die was cast. That year, the Club’s Board of Governors unanimously changed the policy to welcome women as guests. Early the following year, the issue of full membership for women was put to a vote, and Club members passed the measure overwhelmingly.

In 1993, Susan House became the Club’s first female President. She later led a similar charge to diversify the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, for which she served as President in 2018. Susan will retire from Hahn & Hahn this year after 44 years of dedicated service to the firm and the profession.

Continuing to Lead

The women and men of Hahn & Hahn continue to promote diversity, and particularly gender equity, in the legal field. Among the firm’s partners are past and present members of the Mexican American Bar Association, Latina Lawyers of Los Angeles, Asian American Bar Association, and LGBT Bar Association, among others.

We have alsosought to expand inclusion in leadership outside the firm. Among our female and minority Partners are the current officers of numerous not for profit corporations, and board members of many more. In addition, the firm is a sponsor of the Women on Boards initiative, a national campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20 percent by 2020.

Hahn & Hahn actively promotes diversity and inclusion in its community and charitable endeavors as well. Organizations we have recently supported include the American Women for International Understanding’s “International Women of Courage” program, the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, and the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, Union Station Homeless Services, the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, Villa Esperanza Services, Five Acres, and Young & Healthy.