Diversity, hiring, rewards and pro bono

Thanks for reading the latest legal industry news from the National Law Review – read below for updates on law firm hiring and expansion, awards and recognition. industry, and diversity and inclusion initiatives! We hope you are staying safe, happy and healthy.

Hiring and expanding a law firm

Womble Bond Dickinson has announced its upcoming merger with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, a San Francisco-based multi-practice law firm. Beginning September 1, 2002, the expansion will strengthen Womble’s presence in the Bay Area, with more than two dozen legal professionals operating in the San Francisco area.

“California is home to some of the world’s major business and technology hubs, led by San Francisco,” said Betty Temple, CEO and President of Womble Bond Dickinson (USA). “The state – and indeed the entire West Coast – is strategically important to Womble, and we are excited to anchor our market presence through a firm well known for its strong litigation and litigation skills. We look forward to continuing to grow our services and presence on the West Coast and in other key markets to deliver greater value to our customers.

“We have been impressed with Womble’s transatlantic platform and outstanding reputation for advising businesses on complex, high-stakes issues,” said Jed Solomon, Partner at Cooper, White & Cooper. “Combined with our cultural compatibility and shared commitment to exceptional customer service, this was an ideal opportunity to expand our services to our collective customer base.”

James W. Cox, MS, an experienced biologist and risk assessor, has joined Bergeson & Campbell, PC and The Acta Group as lead scientist. Cox, who previously served as the acting senior risk assessment biologist at the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and as a biologist at the Department of Defense, reviewed hundreds of biological agents, nanomaterials, industrial chemicals and more to determine risks to human health and the environment. Within the company, he will continue to provide guidance on regulatory processes for products subject to the Federal Insecticides, Fungicides, and Rodenticides Act (FIFRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other notable regulatory programs.

“James’ contributions to our practice areas come at a critical time, given the dramatic increase in the need for risk assessment skills,” said Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell and President of act. “We are delighted to have James join our team and look forward to introducing him to our customers.”

Varnum LLP has expanded its office in Birmingham, Michigan. With growing client demand and continued hiring, the firm has nearly doubled the size of its operations in the region over the past three years, with notable practices in banking, finance, corporate law , mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, etc.

“Since opening our doors in Birmingham three years ago, we have been delighted with the welcome we have received from our clients, legal talent and community,” said firm chairman Ron DeWaard. “Our newly expanded office will allow us to continue our growth trajectory with first-class space for clients and talent.”

Industry awards and recognition

Nick Welle, partner at Foley and Lardner LLP, received a 2022 Philanthropic 5 Award from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Created by the organization’s Emerging Leaders Council, the award recognizes five notable community leaders, particularly those who have made significant contributions in the form of mentorship, volunteer work or leadership to nonprofit organizations in the region.

Mr. Welle is chair of the firm’s Health Benefits Practice Group, as well as co-chair of the Milwaukee-based Pro Bono Committee. Both within the company and through his volunteer work in the community, Mr. Welle has managed projects such as camp clean-ups, backpack drives and clothing fundraisers in the area. , devoting hundreds of hours to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. Additionally, he helps manage the Milwaukee Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline program, which helps high school students from diverse backgrounds research potential legal professions.

At the 40 to 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast, Barnes & Thornburg LLP was honored by the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services for its continued commitment to pro bono legal services. More than 40% of the firm’s Washington, DC-based attorneys have completed more than 50 hours of pro bono work in the past year, and as such, the firm has been eligible for recognition.

Additionally, the organization has recognized Barnes & Thornburg as one of only six companies where at least 40% of its Washington, DC office partners have reached the 50-hour mark.

Sabita J. Soneji of Tycko & Zavareei LLP has been appointed to the Public Justice Board for a three-year term. Working against unchecked corporate power, ongoing pollution, unfair employers, punitive credit card companies, and more, Public Justice engages in impactful legislation to address notable systemic threats to justice in the United States. United. Ms. Soneji, a partner at Tycko & Zavareei, has nearly 20 years of litigation and legal policy experience, fighting consumer fraud at the federal and state levels.

“I am truly honored to be appointed to the board of an organization that works tirelessly to promote justice, diversity and equity,” said Ms. Soneji. “I’m even more excited to be able to do this work with such an incredible group of dedicated lawyers.”

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Brittainy Joyner, an attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has been accepted into the 2022 cohort of the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards (ARENB) Fellowship. Divided into six distinct sessions, the ARENB program helps advance the racial and ethnic diversity of nonprofit boards throughout the Tampa Bay area, ensuring that these organizations are prepared and committed to fostering cultures and more inclusive environments. Ms. Joyner, a member of Shumaker’s Litigation and Disputes service line, focuses her practice on litigation and disputes for homeowner associations, as well as arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

“We are proud that Brittainy has been accepted into the Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Board Fellowship,” said Maria Del Carmen Ramos, Shumaker Partner and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “At Shumaker, we understand the importance of promoting racial equity. We’re happy to see our lawyers, like Brittainy, commit to doing something about it. We know Brittainy will be a valued person.

To celebrate Pride Month 2022, New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dr. Eric Cervini joined attorneys from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for a virtual conversation about the history of LGBTQ+ politics at United States, as well as the continued battle for LGBTQ+ rights. The event was hosted by Partner J Matthew W. Haws, a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association.

With more than 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills proposed across the country this year, Cervini acknowledged the community’s ongoing struggle. However, he noted, “As I remind people, we’ve been through much worse. We Survived the Inquisition, the Lavender Scare, the AIDS Crisis, and Anita Bryant […] We can definitely get away with it. But we need to look at how we’ve succeeded and how we’ve failed in the past, and then also recruit new allies, just like Frank Kameny recruited the ACLU, we need to recruit new allies today.”

Darrell S. Gay, partner at ArentFox Schiff LLP, has been named one of Crain New York Businesses’ 2022 Notable Diverse Leaders in Law. Selected for his contributions to local council, pro bono work, community service and philanthropy, as well as his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, Mr. Gay is an experienced lawyer, focusing his practice in the field of labor and employment. . He helps guide clients through employee relations issues, as well as internal investigations and traditional labor issues.

In addition, Mr. Gay is a long-time leader in the private sector and business community. He served three years as commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission and additionally played a pivotal role in founding and directing the company’s Center for Racial Equality.

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