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Diversity

Diversity is a major priority at Jackson Lewis, and it remains a core value as we expand.

Overview

“We applaud and share our clients’ goals of emphasizing integrity and respect for the contribution of every employee and help them understand the importance of having a workforce that reflects the various communities in which we work. We also are committed to make progressive steps towards our goal of empowering every attorney and staff member to realize his or her professional potential within the firm.”

- Chairman Vincent A. Cino

Jackson Lewis is committed to promoting an inclusive culture where diversity is valued by everyone. We are proud of our role as a leader in educating and training employers in the laws of equal opportunity and affirmative action, as well as best practices for corporate diversity programs and initiatives.

Diversity is Valued

We share our clients' goals to emphasize diversity, inclusion, integrity, and respect for the contribution of every employee. We understand the importance of having a workforce that reflects the various communities in which we work, and upon which we can rely to creatively develop preventive strategies and positive solutions for our clients. Jackson Lewis seeks to recruit, hire, retain, develop, and advance a diverse team of employees who share our passion for representing management in all aspects of workplace law, and strives to consistently act under the following guiding principles:

  • Encourage a better understanding of how diverse individual experiences and backgrounds can strengthen the firm and its service to clients through a continuing firm-wide communication and educational process;
  • Strive to help every employee realize his or her professional potential within the firm;
  • Treat every person with dignity and respect;
  • Promote understanding and acceptance of individual differences;
  • Respect our employees' needs to have a work/life balance.

Resource Groups

Our firm has a standing Diversity Committee divided into attorney resource groups (ARGs), both to ensure all vital areas are addressed and to provide leadership opportunities for female and minority attorneys. The ARGs address mentoring, business development, pro bono activities and recruiting.

African-American Attorney Resource Group

Asian-American Attorney Resource Group

Hispanic-American Attorney Resource Group

James F. Botana

James F. Botana
Office Managing Principal
Chicago

312-803-2506
BotanaJ@jacksonlewis.com

LGBT Attorney Resource Group

Pedro P. Forment

Pedro P. Forment
Principal and Office Litigation Manager
Miami

305-577-7600
Pedro.Forment@jacksonlewis.com

Michelle E. Phillips

Michelle E. Phillips
Principal
White Plains

914-872-6899
Michelle.Phillips@jacksonlewis.com

Women’s Interest Network

Honors & Recognitions

Our firm is regularly given awards and is honored for its diversity practices.

  • Pedro Torres-Díaz, a Principal in our Miami office, was named one of the Most Influential Latino Lawyers in the Country by Latino Leaders magazine. (November 2016)
  • Weldon Latham, who is the Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, was named Council Lead Attorney of The Obama Foundation Inclusion Council, which will provide “detailed input, analysis, and recommendations for developing, monitoring, and executing diversity and inclusion initiatives and strategies.” President Obama personally asked Weldon to serve on the Council. (October 2016)
  • Jackson Lewis was selected by the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association as its 2016 Diversity Award recipient. Each year, CAPABA honors a person, organization or firm that has demonstrated its commitment to diversity in the legal profession, particularly with respect to Asian Pacific American causes. (August 2016)
  • For the 5th year in a row, Jackson Lewis has been recognized as a “Gold Standard Firm” by the Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). This designation is reserved for large firms that have successfully integrated female attorneys into their top leadership positions. To meet WILEF’s requirements for Gold Standard designation, Jackson Lewis successfully demonstrated that female attorneys are well-represented among its equity partners and hold key leadership positions, including on governance and compensation committees, and that the firm recognizes the contributions of women through compensation. WILEF reports that this year, the bar was raised, and 31 firms cleared it - 13 fewer than last year. WILEF made the decision to tighten some of the criteria that firms must meet to demonstrate their commitment to promoting and fairly compensating women. (July 2016)
  • Jackson Lewis was ranked #58 in American Lawyer’s “Best Law Firms for Diversity” in its annual Diversity Scorecard. (May 2016)
  • Jackson Lewis was ranked #2 in Law 360’s list of the “Top 10 Biglaw Firms for Female Attorneys.” (April 2016)
  • Jackson Lewis was ranked #18 in Law 360’s list of "The 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys,” based on our female representation at the partner and non-partner levels and our total number of female attorneys. (April 2016)
  • Jackson Lewis was ranked #13 in Law 360’s list of the “25 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys.” (April 2016)
  • Jackson Lewis was ranked #34 in Law 360’s list of the “100 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys.” (April 2016)
  • Jackson Lewis ranked #58 in The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard. (May 2015)
  • Jackson Lewis ranked #13 in Law 360’s “25 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys.” (May 2015)
  • Jackson Lewis ranked #48 in Law 360’s “The 100 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys.” (May 2015)
  • Nicky Jatana, a Shareholder in our Los Angeles office, selected by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association as a “Rising Star.” (January 2015)
  • Weldon Latham, Chair of our firm’s Diversity Committee and our Corporate Diversity Counseling Practice Group Leader, named a “Most Influential Black Lawyer” by Savoy magazine. (February 2015)

Recruiting

Our diverse hiring practices have received increased attention from the Board of Directors, including the appointment of a Shareholder as Firmwide Diversity Manager.

We continue to enlist the services of Diverse Attorney Recruiter, Ron Jordan, of Carter-White & Shaw LLC. Mr. Jordan, the founding Principal of Carter-White & Shaw, has over 20 years of experience in attorney placement with his company, whose mission is to be the leader in discovery and promotion of diverse legal talent. He devotes his efforts to seeking diverse Shareholders, Of Counsel and Associates for all of Jackson Lewis’ locations throughout the nation, and regularly liaises with Weldon Latham, who is Chair of our Diversity Committee, and representatives of the firm’s Board of Directors.

In addition, the Jackson Lewis Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. This is a substantial investment and underscores our commitment to attracting diverse students to the practice of law generally, and to labor and employment law specifically. We provide almost 40 scholarships per year that are awarded to law students who demonstrate an interest in, or an aptitude for, employment and/or labor law. All law schools involved in this program are located in or near cities where Jackson Lewis has an office.

The firm’s percentage of female associates (55%) remains significantly above the industry average (45%) reported in a National Association of Law Placement (NALP) survey, even as we continue to promote women to Shareholder (32% of all shareholders in 2013, up from 24% in 2009). Our representation of minority attorneys remains above NALP-reported industry averages.

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January 12, 2017
Law 360

Michelle Phillips Comments on Accommodating the Rights of LGBTQ Workers

January 12, 2017

Michelle Phillips comments on how employers can be more accommodating of LGBTQ rights in the workplace, published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

December 31, 2016
National Association of Women Lawyers

Kristin Bauer Discusses the Visibility of Women in Positions of Power and Leadership

December 31, 2016

Kristin Bauer discusses women becoming the focus of our national conversation surrounding diversity inside and outside the legal profession in "Take heart; there are reasons to be encouraged," (page 12) published by Women Lawyers Journal.   Read More

November 23, 2016
The American Lawyer

Pedro J. Torres-Díaz Comments on the Recent Backlash Against Minority Attorneys

November 23, 2016

Pedro J. Torres-Díaz comments on the recent backlash against minority attorneys and the increase of reported hate crimes since the 2016 presidential election in "Lawyers Hear Message of Hate: 'Go Back to Your Country'," published by The American Lawyer.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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