NEW YORK, June 22, 2015: Morgan Lewis has been awarded the prestigious “Gold Standard Certification” by Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), signifying the firm’s success in elevating women into its leadership ranks.
WILEF’s recognition is the only initiative directed toward certifying, and broadly celebrating and publicizing, eligible law firms that have integrated women into their highest leadership positions. The certification is based on six criteria involving percentages of women in various leadership positions, such as equity partners, firm chair and managing partners, and members of the firm’s governance committee. Gold Standard firms must satisfy at least four of the criteria.
WILEF was founded in New York in 2007 with the goal of providing educational and networking opportunities for women in law firms. It has since expanded to several cities across the United States.
“We are extremely honored to receive this certification,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Not only are our women partners some of the most distinguished practitioners in the industry, their leadership has been critical to our firm’s success.”
Under Ms. McKeon, who was elected Chair in 2014, Morgan Lewis is the world’s largest law firm to be headed by a woman.
"I could not be more pleased that this year Morgan Lewis & Bockius is a Gold Standard firm,” said WILEF Global Chair and Co-Founder Elizabeth Anne "Betiayn" Tursi. “What this demonstrates to me is that it comes from the top and having Jami McKeon as the firm's Chair is proof positive that WILEF's criteria can be met when leadership makes it a priority."