ATLANTA and WASHINGTON—Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that the firm was awarded the Gold Standard Certification for the fourth consecutive year by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). Only 44 law firms received the Gold Standard Certification this year.
“We put a great emphasis on building an inclusive work environment through diverse backgrounds, unique experience and varying viewpoints,” said Partner and Sutherland’s Chief Diversity Officer James L. Henderson III. “In turn, this attracts and retains the highest caliber of attorneys and provides our clients with the best solutions. It is rewarding to see our efforts acknowledged by WILEF.”
WILEF is a national organization that helps women in law achieve their goals and supports retention. This year, law firms with 300 or more lawyers were eligible for certification based on six different evaluation criteria. Last year, the cutoff was 200 lawyers.
In order to achieve Gold Standard Certification, firms must demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners. Sutherland was one of only eight law firms to meet all six criteria.
“We are honored to be recognized for our achievements again by WILEF, said Cynthia M. Krus, partner and member of Sutherland’s Executive Committee. “This recognition acknowledges Sutherland’s steadfast dedication to advancing diversity in our leadership positions and at the highest ranks of our firm.”
To learn more about the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts, view Sutherland’s 2014 Diversity Report.
ABOUT SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world’s largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 435 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Arbis Sutherland LLP in London and Geneva. Arbis Sutherland LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St Katherine’s Dock, London E1W 1UH. Arbis Sutherland LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page. A list of the members of Arbis Sutherland LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.