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O’Melveny Awarded Gold Standard Certification for Third Straight Year by Women in Law Empowerment Forum

June 19, 2019


Firm Meets WILEF’s High Standards for Advancing Women, Minorities and LGBT Attorneys

NEW YORK—June 19, 2019—O’Melveny has once again been awarded a Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). This is the third straight year O’Melveny has been recognized by WILEF for reaching specific benchmarks for advancing opportunities for women lawyers at the firm.

WILEF is the premier professional organization for supporting women at the nation’s largest law firms and corporate law departments. It grants Gold Standard certification to firms where leadership roles, compensation, and partner rosters meet objective milestone criteria. The promotion of minority and LGBT attorneys is also incorporated into the Gold Standard.

O’Melveny’s inclusion among the country’s top Gold Standard law firms was based on its success in achieving the following criteria:

  • 20% of equity partners chosen in the past 12 months were women (or 33% of attorneys becoming equity partners)
  • 15% of U.S. branch office heads are women
  • 20% of primary governance committee is comprised of women members
  • At least 7% of women equity partners are minorities or 3.5% identify as LGBT

“WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification has become a critical yardstick for demonstrating the legal industry’s commitment to gender equity—the metrics tracked by WILEF have helped guide O’Melveny’s focus on advancing the career paths for our women and minority attorneys,” said Mary Ellen Connerty, O’Melveny’s Director of Diversity and Engagement.

“We’re honored to see that our efforts in the past year have continued to measure up to WILEF’s rigorous—and evolving—standards for Gold Certification,” Connerty added. “Our success as a global law firm is highly dependent on our ability to attract, nurture and retain diverse attorneys. We will continue to showcase our WILEF certification with pride, while looking to further improve our performance in the coming year.”

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Christopher Rieck
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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