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Diversity & Inclusion 2022: Arindam Kar

Shareholder, Polsinelli

Arindam KarArindam Kar feels that the legal community still sees diversity, equity and inclusion as a separate issue apart from the day-to-day operations of firms.

“DEI must be a part of everything a law firm does—internally and externally,” said the University of Iowa graduate. “When that mindset becomes intertwined with everything a lawyer does, then that goal will be fulfilled.”

Practicing in antitrust compliance, government investigations and counseling institutions of higher education, Kar has advised on everything from complex global mergers to the formation of group purchasing organizations and has dealt with a dizzying array of industries including agribusiness, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and pharmaceuticals and finds himself counseling clients on data privacy, risk management and immigration issues.

Kar chairs the Missouri Bar’s Antitrust and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and serves as vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section’s Agriculture and Food Committee. He is currently helping to lead the area’s efforts to resettle Afghan immigrants.

He was also a founding member of a joint governance task force between St. Louis city and county to unify governments in the region.

What motivates you most in your work as an attorney and as an advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?

DEI work is a necessity and a passion. Because of my own experiences as a lawyer of color at large national/international law firms, I appreciate the struggle and perseverance needed to succeed; that experience, in turn, drives my passion to support my fellow diverse attorneys in their respective careers.

What makes you most proud of your law firm/legal practice?

Polsinelli, like all law firms, recognizes that DEI is a work in progress. What drew me to move my practice to this firm was their frank acknowledgement that much more work needs to be done and their willingness to accept me and my effort to work on the firm’s DEI Committee to push toward goals and accountability in order to measure outcomes and success.

What must Missouri’s legal community do to promote meaningful and long-term diversity within its legal/justice system?

This is an extremely broad question, and one that would take a treatise in order to provide substantive answers. With that being said, I will note that a diverse pipeline of law students is a critical component to help diversify the profession; and to do that the work needs to begin in college to cultivate students who are prepared for not only law school, but the legal profession. It is incumbent upon lawyers of color, and allies, to help with this process.

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