Ethnic_DiversityWalsworth - WFBM, LLP understands the value of maintaining a diverse workplace and appreciates the varied experiences and perspectives that such diversity lends to a healthy work environment. Our firm continually strives toward maintaining a balanced group of talent that accurately reflects the clients which the firm serves. Walsworth utilizes several "best practices" to retain and encourage the professional growth of all attorneys, regardless of gender, ethnicity, physical disability, or any other status protected by law. We believe that hiring and retaining diverse talent—at all levels—is the only way to create an exceptional team best suited for our clients' needs. Through a family-friendly firm culture, Walsworth is able to recruit and retain the best attorneys and non-attorney staff members from a vast pool of applicants.

Our strong commitment to diversity is one of the characteristics that truly sets our Firm apart. At Walsworth our commitment to diversity is more than a formality – it is an integral part of our Firm culture.

Ethnic Bar Chart A - 2015This is best demonstrated by the following statistics: 

•  34% of Walsworth associates are part of an ethnic minority group, in comparison to the national average of 16% in Firms of a similar size, as reported by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Interestingly, 21% of comparably-sized firms have less than the national average, and 29% have zero ethnic minority associates.

•  Walsworth's overall percentage of ethnic minority attorneys (26%) is 
comparable to the most diverse and largest 200 Firms in the U.S., as reported by the
Minority Law Journal's "2013 Diversity Scorecard".Ethnic E Bar Chart - 2015

•  The percentage of ethnic minority partners at Walsworth (14%) is over twice as high as the national average (6%) of Firms of a similar size (NALP).


Encouraging Leadership in Women

The firm's female attorneys play an integral role in the firm's leadership and currently hold positions such as Managing Partner (Mary Watson Fisher and Sharon Clisham), Marketing Partner (Dee Cohen Katz) and members of the firm's Steering Committee (Mary Watson Fisher, Sharon Clisham and Ingrid Campagne).

Walsworth takes special pride in our commitment to fostering the leadership of women within the firm. The firm utilizes a mix of best practices to encourage the hiring, retention and promotion of women. This includes an active mentoring program, a part-time partnership track, and diverse hiring and management committees. Our results continue to be positive and our retention of women attorneys as associates and members in the firm stands far beyond the national averages:

  Walsworth National Average*
  Female Associates 58% 46%
  Female Equity Partners 52% 15%
Female Managing Partners 100% 4%
Walsworth is also proud that two of our women attorneys, Dee Cohen Katz (Orange) and Laurie E. Sherwood (San Francisco), are members of the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).

Many of the firm's women attorneys also belong to the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
Walsworth – WFBM, LLP has received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women's Business Enterprise Council - West, a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Walsworth is proud to be the largest law firm in the United States with the WBE certification.

WBENC's national standard of certification provided by the Women's Business Enterprise Council - West Certification Committee is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and a site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm that the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. According to WBENC, by including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

* National Averages as reported by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL): "National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms", November 2013.