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Jackson Lewis Recognized for Diversity Initiatives

WHITE PLAINS, NY (November 7, 2011) - Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that Target has awarded the firm its 2011 Law Firm Diversity Award for outside counsel.  The award, which was presented on October 25th at Target’s Employee and Labor Relations legal conference in Minneapolis, recognizes firms that demonstrate an actionable commitment to enhancing opportunities for diverse and female attorneys in the legal profession.

“We could not be more pleased to accept this award from Target, a true leader in the corporate world,” said Washington D. C. Region Partner Weldon H. Latham, Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee as well as Jackson Lewis’ Corporate Diversity Counseling Group.  “Like Target, Jackson Lewis understands that recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of communities and clients we serve is critical to long-term success.”

Birmingham office Managing Partner Thomas A. Davis said: “This award is a true testament to the firm’s increased focus on inclusion efforts, and we are proud to be recognized for promoting an environment where diversity is valued by everyone.”

“Target has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion within its own organization and from its corporate partners,” added Minneapolis Partner Antone Melton-Meaux.   “We are thrilled to be recognized by Target, a company truly at the vanguard of the Minneapolis corporate community.”
Last year the law department of Sodexo Inc. recognized Jackson Lewis as a Diversity Leader based on the firm’s expansive diversity policies and programs and its significant representation of women and minorities at all levels of the firm.

The firm has recently made significant headway towards enhancing its commitment to diversity and inclusion, beginning with naming Latham Chair of the internal Diversity Committee.  Shortly after, the firm enlisted the services of Diverse Attorney Recruiter Ron Jordan of Carter-White & Shaw LLC, who devotes his efforts to seeking diverse Partners, Of Counsel and Associates for all of Jackson Lewis’ 47 offices nationwide. In addition, Washington D.C. Region Partner Michael R. Hatcher has been appointed the firm’s internal Diversity Manager.  Hatcher, a senior member of the firm’s Corporate Diversity Counseling Group, will focus on empowering the firm’s Attorney Resource Groups and improving internal and external diversity and inclusion communications.

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About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis, dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law, is one of the fastest growing workplace law firms in the U.S., with over 670 attorneys practicing in 47 cities nationwide. We have a wide-range of specialized practice areas, including: Affirmative Action and OFCCP Planning and Counseling; Disability, Leave and Health Management; Employee Benefits, including Complex ERISA Litigation and Executive Compensation; Global Immigration; Labor, including Preventive Practices; Litigation, including Class Actions, Complex Litigation and e-Discovery; Trade Secrets, Non-Competes and Workplace Technology; Wage and Hour Compliance; Workplace Safety Compliance and Corporate Diversity Counseling.  In addition, Jackson Lewis provides advice nationally in other workplace law areas, including: Reductions in Force, WARN Act; Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations; Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management; International Employment Issues; Management Education, including e-Based Training; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Public Sector Issues; Government Relations; Collegiate and Professional Sports; and Privacy, Social Media and Information Management.

For the 10th consecutive year, Jackson Lewis has been recognized for delivering client service excellence to the world’s largest corporations.  Representing a decade of excellence, we have once again earned a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team.  Jackson Lewis has also been recognized by in-house counsel of Fortune 1000 companies after a comprehensive survey, as “the single highest-ranked firm clients want by their side in employment battles.”  In addition, Jackson Lewis is ranked in the First Tier nationally in the categories of both Employment Law and Labor Law on behalf of Management in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms.”  Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of over 5000 litigations and approximately 300 class actions; over 2100 litigations were brought to the firm in 2010 alone. And finally, Jackson Lewis is affiliated with L & E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide.

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Lara Hamm
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Thomas A. Davis

Thomas A. Davis

Michael R. Hatcher

Michael R. Hatcher

Weldon H. Latham

Weldon H. Latham