At Epstein Becker Green, we take pride in being "a law firm with a lifetime commitment to diversity and inclusion." From our very early years, we have provided employment and advancement opportunities for women, minorities, and persons from other traditionally excluded groups.
Started by two childhood friends in 1973, Epstein Becker Green has developed through its founders' efforts into a 11-office national firm with a diverse workplace reflecting the USA of today. Cultivating our diverse workforce is a process that is always evolving. While statistics reflect our achievements to date (e.g., 27 percent of firm members and 40 percent of firm attorneys are women, and minorities make up 33 percent of the entire firm, including 13 percent of firm members), we continually evaluate and adapt our efforts, as needed, to increase and promote diversity at all levels within the firm and the profession.
We are pleased that our policy of diversity and inclusion is regularly recognized by various organizations and publications. For example, Epstein Becker Green:
- Selected as an ACQ U.S. Leading Diversity Law Firm of the Year for 2013 (the Financial Times ACQ Global Awards are an annual awards program celebrating industry practitioners across Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa in a variety of fields, and magazine readers participate in a voting system to select the winners; ACQ recognized organizations that have shown innovation, creativity, commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion during 2013);
- Ranked among the top "Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers for 2012, receiving recognition in the following categories: leadership, compensation, and advancement of women; development and retention of women; flex-time; and time off and leaves;
- Received a 2012 Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (this designation recognizes law firms that have successfully integrated and promoted a large percentage of their equity women partners to top leadership and management positions within their organizations);
- Received a top rating in the Human Rights Campaign's 2012 and 2013 Corporate Equality Index, as one of the best places to work, for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people;
- Ranked eighth on MultiCultural Law magazine's 2012 "Top Law Firms for Partners" list, fifth on its "Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans" list, fifth on its "Top 100 Law Firms for Women" list, and 38th on its "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity" list;
- Ranked as one of the top 10 law firms for female partners, in a 2012 survey conducted by Law360;
- Ranked 33rd in the nation for diversity by The American Lawyer's 2012 "Diversity Scorecard";
- Was one of 23 law firms listed as "The Best" for women's advancement in a 2010 survey conducted by the Project for Attorney Retention;
- Placed in the top 20 in The National Law Journal's most recent ranking of the 250 largest U.S. law firms by number of women partners;
- Ranked eighth in the nation among the 200 largest firms for its percentage of women attorneys by The American Lawyer's most recent "Women in Law Firms" study; and
- Appeared on a list of 10 American law firms with between 20 and 99 equity partners, of which at least 9 percent are minorities, in Diversity & The Bar magazine's most recent ranking of the "Law Firms with Highest Minority Equity Partner Levels."
Epstein Becker Green's diversity is also reflected by the fact that women and/or minority firm members are represented at all leadership levels – on our board of directors, in our senior management, on all board steering committees, and at the office managing shareholder level.
The firm supports many events, organizations, and programs that advance equal justice and equal opportunity in our society. Here are some examples:
- Epstein Becker Green is a member of FAN, the Firm Affiliate Network, an initiative launched by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association to assist and acknowledge law firms that are committed to advancing diversity in the legal profession.
- Epstein Becker Green has regularly sponsored programs of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Street Law, and other similar organizations.
- Epstein Becker Green Co-Founder Steven Epstein fostered the creation and growth of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, which conducts a national internship program for African-American college men. The Institute is housed in Epstein Becker Green's Washington, DC, office. Mr. Epstein also serves on the Board of Directors of Street Law, a practical participatory education program that teaches young people in inner city high schools about law, democracy, and human rights. Street Law raises much of its funding through its Annual Gala, to which the firm contributes its organizational and financial support.
- Member Kenneth G. Standard is Chair Emeritus of the firm's Diversity and Professional Development Committee. He is a past president of the New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA") and has long worked to increase diversity in the legal profession. He currently co-chairs NYSBA's Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, which, among other things, has carried on the work he began in 2005 as co-chair of its Committee on Outreach to Youth. In recognition of his efforts, the Corporate Counsel Section of NYSBA created the Kenneth G. Standard Minority Internship program, which places minority law students in corporate legal departments during the summer between their second and third years of law school. He was presented with the American Bar Association's Alexander Award for Lifetime Achievement in Pipeline Diversity in February 2011 for his work to increase diversity in the legal profession.
- Epstein Becker Green continues to hold dinners and/or receptions around the country hosted by the firm's minority lawyers and founding shareholders to celebrate the achievements of minority corporate counsel. These occasions have featured prominent minority attorneys, judges, and bar leaders as keynote speakers, and provided networking opportunities for diverse in-house attorneys, as well as for the firm's founders and other leaders, many of whom are, themselves, diverse.
- Epstein Becker Green Co-Founder Ronald M. Green and other Hispanic attorneys established the Hispanic Business Group, which includes attorneys from all of the firm's offices who focus on the business and legal needs of the growing, entrepreneurial Hispanic population in the United States.
- Epstein Becker Green is a member of the Advisory Board of the Northeast Chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. The organization promotes business between the United States and Mexico and helps companies bridge differences in legal, regulatory, and economic systems, as well as in language and culture.
- The Women's Initiative of Epstein Becker Green was established to enhance the careers of professional women by providing opportunities both inside and outside the office to network, share information, acquire skills, and develop rewarding professional relationships. Since its launch in 2002, the Women's Initiative has hosted lectures, golf clinics, media skills workshops, fashion events, wine tastings around the country.
- At the suggestion of David E. Matyas, a member in the firm's Washington, DC, office, the American Health Lawyers Association ("AHLA") established an Advisory Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, which hosts diversity events at AHLA conferences and a minority law student internship program, among other activities.