While FordHarrison has only been implementing its diversity plan since 2006, we have made significant strides and are receiving recognition from professional organizations, clients and publications. The organizations and publications that have recently honored FordHarrison are listed below along with the awards we have received.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Member
FordHarrison is a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a growing organization of more than 220 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession. Lavern Wilson, a partner in the firm's Tampa office, is FordHarrison's 2015 Diversity Fellow and David Kim, Counsel in the firm's Berkeley Heights and New York offices is FordHarrison's 2016 Diversity Fellow with the LCLD.
2014 Gold Standard Certified firm by Women in Law Empowerment Forum
2014 recipient of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum's (WILEF) "Gold Standard" award. The firm was recognized for it's commitment to the advancement of women for the fourth year in a row, the last two of which it has met all six of the criteria. The "Gold Standard" certification process focuses on whether women are represented in positions of power and are among the top-earning attorneys. Only 46 firms nationwide met the criteria for 2014, and FordHarrison was one of only seven firms to meet all six of the criteria.
Diversity Journal's 2014 Diversity Leader Award
In every November/December issue, Diversity Journal recognizes a number of exemplary organizations that go above and beyond standard corporate communications with the Diversity Leader award. The Diversity Leader award is critically important for many reasons. It encourages organizations to be open with its people, programs, and initiatives.
The American Lawyer's 2013 Diversity Scorecard
The firm was recently ranked as one of the nation's top law firms for diversity on The American Lawyer's 2013 Diversity Scorecard. This is the publication's annual ranking of firms according to the proportion of minority representation within their respective partnerships and overall lawyer populations.
Litigation Counsel of America Diversity Partner
Ford Harrison is recognized as a Diversity Partner by the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). To qualify for this designation, a law firm must have a minimum of four attorneys recognized as Fellows by the Litigation Counsel of America.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA):
- Honored with the 2011 Thomas L. Sager Award for the South/Southwest Region - this award is given to law firms that demonstrate a sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys.
MultiCultural Law Magazine:
- Ranked in the 2012 "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity" listing
- The firm ranked 50th among the nation's leading law firms and also received high honors among the following specialized listings:
- 6th in the "Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans" listing
- 7th in the "Top 50 Law Firms for Associates" listing
- 8th in the "Top 25 Law Firms for Hispanic-Americans" listing
- 27th in the "Top 100 Law firms for Women" listing
- 29th in the "Top 50 Law Firms for Partners" listing
Tampa Bay Business Journal:
- Honored at the 2010 Annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards – FordHarrison received the top award for the company/corporation category for our comprehensive diversity and inclusion efforts.
Law360 listed FordHarrison as one of the:
- "100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys."
- Law360 Ceiling Smashers, one of 25 firms who have made significant strides toward gender equality at the highest ranks.
- Top 100 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys based on the firm's minority representation at the partner and non-partner levels and its total number of minority attorneys.
Individuals within our firm are also receiving recognition. Some of the recent individual awards our attorneys have received are listed below.
- Tiffany D. Downs, Atlanta partner and head of FordHarrison's Employee Benefits Practice group, was selected for inclusion in the 15th Annual "Women Worth Watching" issue in 2016.
- Christine D. Hanley, the managing partner of the West Palm Beach office, was selected for inclusion in the 14th annual "Women Worth Watching" issue in 2015.
- Tracey K. Jaensch, the managing partner of the Tampa office, was selected for inclusion in the 13th annual "Women Worth Watching" issue in 2014.
- Buena (Vista) Lyons, a Dallas based partner, was selected for inclusion in the 12th annual "Women Worth Watching" issue in 2013.
- Kay L. Wolf, an Orlando based partner, was selected for inclusion in the 11th annual "Women Worth Watching" issue in 2012.
- Dawn Siler-Nixon, the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Partner, was selected for inclusion in the 9th annual "Women Worth Watching" issue in 2010.
National Diversity Council:
- Patricia G. Griffith, an Atlanta-based partner, was honored as one of the "Most Powerful & Influential Women of Georgia" at the annual Georgia Diversity and Leadership Conference in 2012.
- Tracey K. Jaensch, managing partner of the firm's Tampa office, and Kay Wolf, a partner in the firm's Orlando office, were honored as two of Florida's "Most Powerful Women" at the Florida Diversity & Leadership Conference in 2011.
Lawyers of Color:
- In 2014, Atlanta partner Geetha Adinata was named the "Hot List" for the Southern Region.
George Edgecomb Bar Association:
- Dawn Siler-Nixon, the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Partner, was awarded the Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award by the George Edgecomb Bar Association in 2012.
Executive Women of the Palm Beaches:
- Christine D. Hanley, managing partner of the firm's West Palm Beach office, was selected as the recepient of the 2014 Women in Leadership Award in the Private Sector.