New York, NY (June 28, 2013) — The national law firm of Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that it was awarded the Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by women equity partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership. Law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for the 2013 WILEF Gold Standard Certification if they successfully 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.
“We are proud to be among the list of firms that has dedicated resources to mentoring and developing women into leadership positions within their firms. Our goal is to foster an environment where women feel they can thrive both professionally and personally,” said Carrie Valiant, Chair of EBG’s Diversity and Professional Development Committee and Member of the Board of Directors and its Compensation Committee.
In support of the firm’s commitment to women in leadership, the firm’s Women’s Initiative works to enhance and develop the careers of its women attorneys and those clients with whom they interact. It provides existing and meaningful occasions where they can network, share information, acquire new skills, and develop rewarding professional relationships. In 2008, the Women’s Initiative started the Executive Women’s Networking Blog, authored by partners and associates who examine many issues particularly relevant to women in business. The Initiative was nominated and shortlisted for a Chambers USA 2013 Women in Law Award in the category “Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative.”
WILEF is an organization that provides an educational venue for women in law firms and corporate law departments. Its mission is to help women in law achieve their career goals and fosters their retention and promotion. Currently WILEF presents cutting edge programming in four markets — WILEF East (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), WILEF West (San Francisco and Palo Alto), WILEF DC (Washington D.C. and its surrounding area), and WILEF Chicago (Chicago and its surrounding area). For more information, visit www.wilef.com.
About Epstein Becker Green
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., founded in 1973, is a national law firm with approximately 275 lawyers practicing in 11 offices, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. The firm is uncompromising in its pursuit of legal excellence and client service in its areas of practice: Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Corporate Services, and Employee Benefits. Epstein Becker Green was founded to serve the health care industry and has been at the forefront of health care legal developments since 1973. The firm is also proud to be a trusted advisor to clients in the financial services, retail, and hospitality industries, among others, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Our commitment to these practices and industries reflects the founders’ belief in focused proficiency paired with seasoned experience. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.