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November 2021

Gordon & Rees Recognized for “Tipping the Scales” in Annual New Partner Class Report

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has once again been named a 2021 Tipping the Scales firm by the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance. The firm was one of 67 firms recognized at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Annual Conference for having 50% or more women in their 2021 U.S.- based new partner class. By promoting equal numbers of men and women to partner, the firm has signaled commitment to gender parity and understanding of the value that women in leadership bring to the the organization and our clients.

The firms, recognized as “Tipping the Scales,” were identified through the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s New Partner Report, a compilation of public data released each year for the past ten years. The report revealed that 42.4 percent of new partners from a representative sample of 122 major U.S. law firms in 2021 were women, which represents an increase from last year’s figure of 40.9 percent.

The firm's commitment to a culture of inclusion began more than three decades ago with the establishment of its Diversity Committee to devise and implement policies to advance diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the firm's culture. Gordon & Rees is vigilant about diversity in hiring, mentoring, retaining, and promoting. 

“We continue to make great strides, but recognize there is still work to be done and we will continue our vigorous efforts to increase the number of women, and those of diverse backgrounds, in all levels of firm leadership,” said Debra Ellwood Meppen, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Women's Initiative.

In December 2020, Gordon & Rees announced the implementation of its Leadership Equality and Diversity (“LEAD”) Program as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to recruit, retain, and promote female and diverse attorneys to the highest positions of management and ownership at the firm.

The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance is a think tank dedicated to helping organizations create inclusive cultures that advance diversity and flexibility to attract and retain top talent. 

To view the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance New Partner Report, please click here.

Laura E. De Santos
Franz Hardy
Debra Ellwood Meppen