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Verizon Names Jackson Lewis as First IDEAward Honoree

NEW YORK, NY (March 6, 2023) Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce that Verizon has named the firm its inaugural IDEAward recipient. The IDEAward is an annual recognition of a law firm partner who demonstrates excellence in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The award spotlights the award recipient’s best practices, approaches and effective programs that advance DEI and belonging within their firms and the wider legal profession.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as the first IDEAward recipient,” said Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Principal Kimya S.P. Johnson. “Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is one of Jackson Lewis’ fundamental core values and a firm strategic pillar. It is our responsibility to maintain high standards and to progress in our efforts internally as we would advise clients. The affirmation of DEI from clients further fuels our work.”

“Our IDEAward submission helped showcase the organizational best practices that ensure continued accountability and transparency for our DEI work, and we are glad these initiatives resonated with Verizon,” said Jackson Lewis Board Member and Baltimore Office Managing Principal Donald E. English, Jr. “It also provided an opportunity to highlight not only our efforts but our people – including the team working on Verizon’s matters.”

Jackson Lewis was evaluated and chosen as an IDEAward honoree based on qualitative and quantitative data submitted to Verizon’s Preferred Partnership Program, as well as feedback provided by Verizon professionals addressing the following criteria:

  • Diverse staffing on Verizon matters;
  • Innovative origination credit/fee allocation system or program;
  • Creation of an inclusive environment allowing for firm-wide ownership and participation in diversity and inclusion goals;
  • Engagement of diverse third-party firms and vendors; and
  • Overall attorney demographics at the firm, at each level, including representation of diverse attorneys in leadership positions.

“Earning the IDEAward reinforces our commitment to promoting DEI not only at Jackson Lewis but also the legal industry at large,” said Jackson Lewis Board Member and New York City Principal Peter C. Moskowitz, who has worked with Verizon for more than 15 years. “We will continue to focus on providing meaningful and impactful initiatives to strengthen the firm and its service to clients through a continuing firm-wide communication and educational process.”

More information about Jackson Lewis’ DEI efforts can be found here.

About Jackson Lewis 
Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C.’s 950+ attorneys located in major cities nationwide consistently identify and respond to new ways workplace law intersects business. We help employers develop proactive strategies, strong policies and business-oriented solutions to cultivate high-functioning workforces that are engaged, stable and diverse, and share our clients' goals to emphasize inclusivity and respect for the contribution of every employee.

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