Fross Zelnick’s commitment to diversity is reflected in our partnership, our lawyers, our staff, and the organizations we support. We believe that people of diverse backgrounds and experience enrich us all and provide perspectives that enable us to better serve our clients.
The Fross Zelnick partnership consists of 21 equity partners, 71% of whom fall into at least one diversity category. Ten of our partners are women (48%) and five additional partners fall into other diversity categories including Hispanic and LGBT. Some of our partners fall into more than one diversity category; for example two of our 10 women partners are Asian and African-American respectively, although we counted each diverse partner only once to arrive at 71%. Almost half (three of eight) of the firm’s senior counsels and counsels are women and, of our 16 associates, 10, or 63%, are women. We also enjoy significant diversity among our staff, which represents many cultural backgrounds and countries of origin.
For the fourth year in a row, Law360 recognized Fross Zelnick in its 2020 annual Glass Ceiling report. We are proud to be #4 on the list of most women in equity partnerships with 20-50 lawyers and #8 overall, for the percentage of female attorneys and equity partners among law firms with fewer than 100 lawyers.
Additionally, as a testament to our commitment to having a diverse and equitable workplace, our firm established the Fross Zelnick Diversity Committee, which includes partners, an associate, and employees from different departments within the firm. While we are proud of our diversity and inclusion at the firm, we know that we cannot rest on our laurels. The work of this inclusive committee will help us find ways to further enhance our environment and enable us to better serve our clients around the world.
Examples of diversity-related activities in which our lawyers and/or firm participate and/or sponsor include The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), The Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA), ASIPI (Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property), GLINTA (a group formed to recognize and support LGBTQ members of INTA (International Trademark Association) community), Sistah Girls, and the First Step job training program associated with the Coalition for the Homeless, which provides assistance to homeless and low-income women seeking living-wage jobs, and from which we have hired support staff.