Mountain View, CA (July 30, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm has been honored as a top law firm for diversity in the most recent Law360 and The American Lawyer diversity rankings. For nearly four decades, Fenwick has actively promoted an open and inclusive work environment and committed significant resources toward improving diversity efforts at every level. The firm actively recruits diverse attorneys, representing all races, genders, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and geographic and cultural backgrounds. The firm also places significant emphasis on the retention of diverse attorneys through professional development programs, mentoring and training.
“I’ve found Fenwick to be an incredibly open, accepting environment where difference is celebrated rather than stifled,” said executive compensation partner and Diversity and Inclusion Committee co-chair Gerald Audant. “We’re pleased to see these strong rankings, but we recognize that there’s still a long way to go in the legal and tech industries. We’re dedicated to continued growth and excellence in this area.”
In the latest rankings, The American Lawyer named Fenwick among the 10 most diverse U.S. law firms, an honor the firm receives annually. The firm also debuted this year at seventh on Law360’s inaugural list of the best law firms for minority attorneys.
Law360 also named Fenwick the third best law firm in the country for Asian American attorneys and The American Lawyer recognized the firm among the top five.
“Fenwick’s attorneys and staff collectively spend hundreds of hours a year working on a wide range of diversity initiatives aimed at making the Firm more inclusive,” said securities litigation partner and Diversity and Inclusion Committee co-chair Felix Lee. “Continued progress on diversity requires awareness and commitment at every level of the organization.”
Fenwick believes that a diverse workforce helps the firm better serve clients and fosters an environment of cooperation, respect, creativity and mutual understanding in which everyone thrives. The firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee manages a variety of initiatives, including the Women’s Leadership Initiative, aimed at supporting the success and advancement of women, and Fenwick’s affinity groups, which are designed to connect attorneys with common interests and backgrounds. Fenwick attorneys also promote diversity in the broader legal community in a variety of ways, including chairing key American Bar Association diversity groups.
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