March 1, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP, a premier law firm providing comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients, has received high honors on The American Lawyer's 2010 Diversity Scorecard. The firm placed seventh in a field of the 200+ largest law firms in the U.S.
This is the second consecutive year that Fenwick has held the top seven national ranking as one of the most diverse U.S. law firms. This year, Fenwick & West earned its ranking with 35.3% of its attorneys comprising attorneys of color. The Diversity Scorecard is complied from the AmLaw 200 and NLJ 250 attorney numbers as of September 30, 2009.
"This recognition continues to be one of Fenwick's highest honors earned. Promoting diversity is of utmost importance to the firm, and we continue to push for ways to recruit and retain diverse attorneys in an environment where their careers and personal lives can truly thrive," states Felix Lee, co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee.
Other recent diversity efforts by Fenwick & West include underwriting a survey of best diversity practices for leading firms that have been successful in recruiting, retaining and advancing African American, Hispanic, Asian, GLBT and female attorneys at the associate and partner levels in California.
Established in 1972, Fenwick & West works closely with clean technology, life sciences and other technology companies that are changing the world through innovation. The Diversity Committee at Fenwick & West works closely with the attorney recruiting department to increase outreach at law schools targeted to diverse student communities and Fenwick has been actively involved in various groups and activities that work to promote diversity both in the legal profession and the community, including the Asian American Bar Association, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), the ABA Section of the Litigation Committee for the Minority Trial Lawyer and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The firm has implemented diversity training, mentoring, assignment tracking and recruiting initiatives in order to strengthen diversity. In its efforts to embrace diverse heritages, the firm hosts cross-cultural celebrations, including Cinco de Mayo and Chinese New Year.