October 19, 2022
Weil has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status, a key industry accreditation that reflects the Firm’s progress in fostering diversity among its leadership ranks.
Mansfield Certification is awarded by Diversity Lab to law firms that consider at least 30% women, LGTBQ+ lawyers, lawyers of color, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership roles, advancements in the equity partnership, client pitch opportunities, and nominations to Chambers and Partners USA.
The additional Certification Plus accreditation that Weil has achieved indicates that the Firm now has more than 30% of its leadership positions filled by diverse lawyers. Weil first joined the Mansfield Rule Certification Process in July 2021, becoming one of more than 160 firms to participate.
Executive Partner Barry Wolf said, “Our goal is simple yet powerful: for all attorneys and staff to feel invested in and have a great professional experience at Weil. In order to live up to this goal, we must have focused attention on ensuring we have a diverse pool of top talent.”
The Firm’s Diversity Committee Co-Chairs echoed that sentiment. “The Firm and the Diversity Committee have doubled down on our commitment to invest in diverse talent and our intentional approach is paying off,” said partner Adam Banks. “It is heartening to see Weil ranked among the top law firms for diverse hiring, promotion, and inclusivity practices,” added partner Adé Heyliger.
The Mansfield Rule is often seen as the standard for measuring law firm diversity. The program – an initiative spurred by the Diversity Lab’s 2016 Women in Law Hackathon – aims to increase diversity in law firm leadership through transparency and expanding the pool of talent that is considered.
Weil has a long standing commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and was recently named the Most Inclusive Firm for LGBT+ lawyers by the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards. From July 2021 to July 2022, the period of Mansfield certification, 42% of the Firm’s partner promotions were diverse, five women partners were promoted to leadership roles, and 54% of pitches included a diverse lawyer.