DALLAS, June 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) is once again ranked as one of the most diverse law firms in the country, ranking #1 among all firms for our percentage of Asian lawyers and #2 for representation of Hispanic attorneys, according to The American Lawyer’s 2022 Diversity Scorecard. .
“We’re proud to steer the legal industry toward greater diversity, and we’re excited to lead the representation of Asian and Hispanic lawyers,” said BAL Partner Frieda Garcia, who manages the firm’s West Coast operations. . “Our diverse legal team enables us to better serve clients from all corners of the globe. We look forward to continuing to expand our DE&I initiatives to provide even more leadership opportunities for legal professionals of color.”
More than half, 55%, of BAL’s 169 lawyers identify as people of color, and diversity is integral to the firm’s leadership — 52% of lawyers in supervisory positions are minorities and 38% are firm partners are minorities.
“We’ve always known that it’s our diverse cultures and experiences that make BAL such a phenomenal place to work,” said Jeremy Fudge, managing partner of BAL. “We want to welcome more minority partners and promote diverse rising stars, which will broaden all our prospects. We are redoubling our efforts in minority recruitment with specific and unique programs to increase and maintain opportunities for African American lawyers and effort and we’re here for the long haul – in the years to come, we fully plan to lead the industry in every DE&I metric.”
BAL’s ranking reflects the company’s intentional efforts to create an inclusive work culture – management renewed its commitment to these efforts after the national racial reckoning in the summer of 2020. Through more than 40 DE&I initiatives such as the creation of a DE&I council, the addition of affinity groups, engagement in company-wide focus groups, and increasing efforts to recruit minorities and HBCUs, BAL has cultivated a culture where diverse employees feel welcome and empowered to pursue their careers and personal growth.
BAL won Best Company for Diversity in 2021 by Comparably, based solely on employee ratings. Minority employees at BAL give the company an “A+” in rating their team, manager and compensation.
“When we recruit diverse employees, we ensure that our company is greater than the sum of its very talented parts,” said partner Rob Caballero, who manages BAL. Houston and Austin operations. “Building on our unique journeys, we learn from and inspire each other as we make a positive difference in the lives of people around the world.”
About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL)
BAL, the world’s leading corporate immigration law firm, is uniquely focused on solving immigration issues for corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and enable businesses to be more successful. . Founded in 1980, BAL has always provided immigration expertise, people-centered client services and cutting-edge technological innovation. BAL’s Cobalt® Digital Immigration Services Platform won the 2020 CODiE Award for Best Legal Technology Product, the prestigious CIO100 Award for Innovative Use of Intelligent Automation in Immigration Services, and LegalweekThe most innovative law firm operations team of 2021. In 2018, BAL entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic alliance with Deloitte UK to create the world’s first immigration service delivery model. BAL ranked #1 on multiple industry rankings for diversity, equity and inclusion, including #1 on the Diversity Scorecard by The American lawyer (2020 and 2021), Law360’s Diversity Snapshot (2020 and 2021), and the #1 Law Firm for Women by National Law Review (2019, 2020 and 2021). BAL and its executives are highly ranked in all major legal publications, including Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500and Who’s Who Legal. See website for details: https://www.bal.com.
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