ATLANTA – July 15, 2014 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that the firm has earned a ranking on career intelligence website Vault.com’s 2015 list of the Top 25 Law Firms for Diversity. The 2015 list was compiled based on anonymous feedback from more than 17,000 attorneys from around the world.
“Ogletree Deakins is elated to be included on Vault’s list of the Top 25 Law Firms for Diversity for the first time in our firm history,” said Michelle Wimes, Ogletree Deakins’ director of professional development and inclusion. “We continue to implement programs and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion within the firm and its leadership, and we are proud that our hard work has been recognized on this prestigious list.”
The diversity section of the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms includes separate categories for diversity as it relates to minorities, women, gays and lesbians, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. To determine the Top 25 Law Firms for Diversity, Vault.com used a formula that weighed the categories evenly for an overall diversity ranking.
Ogletree Deakins’ ranking on this Vault.com list underscores the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The firm recently launched the Ogletree Women’s Network, which is dedicated to the development and advancement of women attorneys at the firm, and more than half of the 2014 class of Ogletree Deakins shareholders are women. In addition, Ogletree Deakins was included in Law360’s 2014 class of Ceiling Smashers, which comprises the 25 U.S.-based law firms with the highest percentage of female partners, and was named the top firm for African-American attorneys on The American Lawyer’s 2014 Diversity Scorecard, an annual ranking of large U.S. law firms based on their percentage of minority attorneys and partners.
About Ogletree Deakins
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has 700 lawyers located in 45 offices across the United States and in Europe. Ogletree Deakins is the “Law Firm of the Year” in both the Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management categories in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.