MIAMI (June 10, 2019) – Holland & Knight was honored as the "Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers" at the inaugural Chambers Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) awards on June 6 in San Francisco. The award celebrates the firm's commitment to increasing the opportunities for, and representation of, female lawyers. Holland & Knight was also shortlisted in the categories of "Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion" and "Pro Bono Firm of the Year."
The Chambers D&I Awards shine the spotlight on champions for change, trailblazers and outstanding allies who are furthering the advancement of equality in the legal profession.
"This tremendous honor is the result of the hard work and vision of numerous Holland & Knight leaders over the past few decades," said Judy Nemsick, chair of Holland & Knight's Women's Initiative. "We are constantly striving to maximize the potential of our women attorneys and it's gratifying to see that our work is making an impact on individuals and the profession."
Holland & Knight's award for "Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers" is based on the firm's long history of creating a playing field that allows women to rise as far as their talent will take them. Today, the chair of the firm's Directors Committee is a woman, and women lead six of the firm's offices.
Holland & Knight was one of the first U.S. firms to commit substantial resources to support the career development of women attorneys when it launched its Women's Initiative 23 years ago. Seventeen years ago, the firm created its innovative Rising Stars program, a dynamic year-long business development and leadership program for talented women attorneys. In 2014, the program earned the firm the "Most Innovative Gender Diversity Award" from Chambers USA Women in Law.
Additionally, the award recognizes Holland & Knight's balanced work/life program, parental leave policy, benefits for working parents, and its attainment of gender-diversity standards set by outside organizations. For example, the firm has earned the following recognitions:
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