Walsworth Becomes National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firm (NAMWOLF) Member
Orange, California – June 30, 2016 – Walsworth has received approval to become a National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firm (NAMWOLF) member, the largest member law firm in California.
Walsworth also received certification in late 2015 as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
“This is an exciting time for us,” said Sharon Clisham, co-managing partner of Walsworth. “We are looking forward to working with NAMWOLF and many of the member companies and government agencies in furtherance of their diversity goals and initiatives.”
With a commitment to diversity spanning more than 25 years, Walsworth is the largest WBE law firm in the United States. With more than 80 attorneys, the firm employs more than three times as many attorneys as the next largest certified firm. Walsworth has an active mentoring program, flexible partnership track and diverse hiring and management committees. Female attorneys now comprise 60 percent of non-equity partners and 54 percent of equity partners at Walsworth, compared to the national averages of 28 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Female attorneys also comprise 60 percent of the firm’s steering committee compared to the national level of 41 percent.
“Our clients, vendors and consultants have recognized our unwavering commitment to diversity and supported our pursuit of NAMWOLF membership and WBE certification because of the increasing importance of diversity in their workplaces,” says Mary Watson Fisher, co-managing partner of Walsworth. “In addition, the experience and resources of a diverse firm available to handle complex litigation and transactional matters has been particularly attractive to clients.”
The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF) is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women owned law firms. Since 2001, NAMWOLF has been a bridge between corporate legal departments and M/WBE 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. With access to NAMWOLF’s directory of law firms, corporations can select superior M/WBE law firms by area of practice and geographic location. For more information, visit www.namwolf.org.
Walsworth was founded in 1989 with a commitment to establish a law firm focused on working collaboratively with clients to meet their unique objectives. Since then, the firm of over 80 attorneys with offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Francisco, is known for excellence in litigation and transactional matters. The firm is equally distinct in its longstanding commitment to diversity, which is recognized through certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and by the California Public Utilities Commission. The firm is the largest certified WBE law firm in the United States.