Walsworth understands the value of maintaining a diverse workplace and appreciates the varied experiences and perspectives that such diversity leads to a healthy work environment. We continually strive toward maintaining a balanced group of talent that accurately reflects the clients which we serve.
We are pleased that our commitment to diversity consistently earns high ratings from our employees but our statistics—all above national averages—that demonstrate our dedication to the retention and advancement of women and minority attorneys.
For the fifth consecutive year, Walsworth earned top rankings in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report on both “The Ceiling Smashers” list, a ranking of the best law firms for female partners and the “The Best Firms for Female Attorneys” list. In 2020, Walsworth was rated #3 for best firms for female equity partners and in the top 20 for minority equity partners for firms of 100 or fewer attorneys.
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification
Walsworth is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and by the California Public Utilities Commission. We are proud to have the largest California attorney presence of certified WBE law firms in the United States.
The national standard of certification provided by the WBENC 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 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
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. Historically, corporations developed these programs to meet the requirements of one of their customers, the federal government, which requires companies that the government does business with to procure five percent of their goods and services from women-owned businesses and 5 percent from minority-owned businesses.
As one of the largest WBE law firms in the country, we are in a unique position to handle both volume and a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters.
National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
Walsworth is a member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). We are the largest law firm member in California.
NAMWOLF, a nonprofit trade association, is a bridge between corporate legal departments and minority and women-owned law firms. NAMWOLF is highly regarded in the profession for its vetting process of outside firms who undergo an extensive application and screening process to ensure they are of the highest quality. The vetting process includes a review by corporate counsel they work with and three references from Fortune 500 companies. According to NAMWOLF, in-house counsel at a wide variety of companies have prioritized the hiring of outside law firms that focus on creating a diverse workforce.
Midsize Mansfield Rule
Walsworth is a participating member of the Midsize Mansfield Rule for the 2021-2023 cycle. The Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification, part of Diversity Lab, measures whether law firms with 25-250 attorneys have considered at least 30% women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for various roles at the firm. These roles include leadership and governance, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. The structural elements of Diversity Lab’s certification process – including the accountability through frequent firm-specific check-ins and data collection, the ongoing collaboration through monthly group knowledge sharing meetings, and the transparency of publicly certifying – are key to this effort. Through the Mansfield Rule, the legal industry is making progress collectively rather than working in isolation. The Mansfield Rule, in just a few years, has made a major impact on diversifying law firm leadership, and we are looking forward to continued growth while better representing all types of people.
Diverse Supplier for the California Public Utilities Commission
Walsworth is certified by the Supplier’s Clearinghouse as a part of the Utility Supplier Diversity program for the California Public Utilities Commission. This program monitors supplier diversity and maintains an accurate database of firms that are accessible to utility providers.
Encouraging Leadership in Women
We take special pride in our commitment to fostering the leadership of women by utilizing a mix of best practices to encourage the hiring, retention and promotion of women. This includes an active mentoring program, a flexible partnership track, and diverse hiring and management committees. Our results continue to be positive and our retention of women attorneys as associates and partners stands far above the national averages.
Our female attorneys also play an integral role in the firm’s leadership and governance and currently hold positions such as managing partner, marketing partner, and members of the finance and partnership committees. In addition, female attorneys comprise 67 percent of the firm’s Steering Committee, compared to the national average of 22 percent.
Strong Commitment to Diversity
Our commitment to diversity is more than a formality—it is an integral part of our firm culture and truly sets our firm apart. While minority representation at law firms has inched along, if not plateaued, our statistics demonstrate our commitment.
Best Hiring Practices
We utilize several best practices to retain and encourage the professional growth of all attorneys, regardless of gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+ status, physical disability, or any 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.