FordHarrison Receives McDonald's Inaugural Legal EMPOWER Award

Date   Mar 17, 2021

NATIONAL – FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that the firm is the recipient of McDonald’s Legal EMPOWER Award for mid-size firms. McDonald’s selected one firm from each of the large and mid-size categories to receive this inaugural honor. This award was created to highlight McDonald’s external legal suppliers who demonstrate an innovative and genuine commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“We are honored to be recognized for our dedication not only to implementing a diverse and inclusive work environment, but to promoting and advancing women and minorities in the legal profession”, said Dawn Siler-Nixon, FordHarrison’s Diversity and Inclusion Partner. “Implementing a plan for a balanced approach to creating diverse teams, has resulted in providing the best service to our clients, including McDonald’s.”

For the Legal EMPOWER Award, McDonald’s evaluated law firm candidates on three important characteristics: the legal staffing of McDonald’s matters with diverse attorneys, the allocation of origination credit for McDonald’s matters among diverse attorneys, and the demonstration of an innovative and genuine commitment to the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of diverse talent. Proskauer Rose LLP is the recipient of McDonald’s Legal EMPOWER Award’s in the large-sized law firm category.

“Both Proskauer and FordHarrison embody McDonald’s core values and demonstrate an innovative and genuine commitment to DEI when they work with McDonald’s, as well as throughout their firm’s operations,” said Mahrukh Hussain, McDonald’s General Counsel.

Diversity is the nucleus of success, allowing for unique experiences, viewpoints and ideas to create the perfect team. FordHarrison implemented and has built on its diversity strategic plan since 2006. Our diversity plan has been proven to work as shown by our numbers. With our long-standing commitment to prioritizing diversity and inclusion, currently 51.6% of the firm’s attorneys identify as female and/or minority. We are proud of our continuous efforts to promote and build a diverse and inclusive workplace. For more on the firm’s statistics and other diversity recognitions, please click here.