Chip English (he/him) is a litigator at Davis Wright Tremaine (“DWT”) who regularly represents clients before multiple state and federal agencies, especially the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state agencies. He proudly has almost 30 years’ experience in organic farming and processing regulation. Chip handles significant FDA recall and other food safety issues and regularly advises clients on labeling issues and defends clients against class-action claims that products are mislabeled or misleading. Chip spearheaded the establishment of DWT’s LGBTQ+ affinity group and currently serves as its co-Chair, focusing his attention and energy on building a community where other lawyers feel welcomed and supported. His immediate goal was to create a transformative space, where attorneys could bond over helping promote one another, provide valuable insights, and encourage connections that would lead to more successes. This included starting the first internal LGBTQ+ mentorship program, connecting with outside LGBTQ+ organizations, and offering scholarships to LGBTQ+ law students to strengthen the firm’s pipeline of LGBTQ+ talent. He also spearheaded the firm’s annual LGBTQ “Coming Out” events for local area law students, clients, and in-house counsel in Los Angeles (2018), New York City (2019), and Seattle (2020), with more in the pipeline. As Partner-in-Charge of our Washington D.C. Office, Chip also weighs in on mentor and peer liaison assignments for his office’s attorneys, working to ensure that the pairings are beneficial for both parties and successful with integrating new attorneys into the firm’s culture. Chip also personally mentors more junior LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ attorneys within the firm. His inclusive efforts resulted in receiving internal firm wide recognition as the recipient of the “The Edward J. Davis Diversity & Mentorship Award” in 2019.
LGBTQ+ Leadership in Law Firms and Corporate Legal Departments