June 30, 2005 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West, a premier law firm providing comprehensive legal services to high technology and life sciences clients, has received high honors on the Minority Law Journal’s Diversity Scorecard. The firm placed second in a field of 244 U.S. law firms reporting ethnic minority data regarding their American attorneys.
Fenwick & West earned its second in the nation ranking with 26.6% of its attorneys comprising attorneys of color. The Diversity Scorecard is drawn from statistics gathered by the National Law Journal as part of its annual census of the 250 largest law firms in the country.
"Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce is essential to our long-term success in meeting client needs and accessing the best talent," according to Firm Chairman Gordon Davidson. "It’s a business imperative."
"We’re proud to have achieved the number two score in the country," says Laurence Pulgram, Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee. "But we’re not complacent, and we intend to keep at the hard work needed to have an inclusive law firm where everyone can maximize his or her potential."
When it comes to creating a diverse work environment, the Firm’s Diversity Committee works closely with the attorney recruiting department to increase outreach at law schools targeted to diverse student communities. The Firm 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 program. 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, Chinese New Year and Juneteenth.
Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to national and international high technology and life sciences clients, particularly in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities, venture capital and other corporate finance, corporate governance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, intellectual property, taxation and employment and labor law. The only law firm named to Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for four years in a row, Fenwick & West has offices in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, CA. More information about the firm is available at www.fenwick.com.
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