Ice Miller Recognized as WILEF 2016 Gold Standard Firm
Ice Miller LLP is proud to announce that it has achieved the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) 2016 Gold Standard Certification.
WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by women equity partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership.
“Women have a strong representation within the Ice Miller leadership that just keeps growing,” said Judy Okenfuss, a managing partner at Ice Miller. “Fifty percent of the Firm's most recently elected partners are women; and through mentoring and training for all lawyers, Ice Miller has a strong pipeline continuing to bring women into leadership positions.”
Of the Firm’s 12 practice groups, 50 percent are chaired or co-chaired by women partners, and women partners represent 27 percent of the Firm’s committee chairs/co-chairs. Female partners hold three seats of the Firm’s eleven-member management team.
“Ice Miller’s culture reinforces policies, practices, and a working environment that align with our diversity and inclusion mission,” said Kristine Bouaichi, partner and chair of the Women’s Initiative at Ice Miller. “The result is that women’s voices are supported by the entire Firm and represented through female leadership positions.”
Law firms with 300 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for the 2016 WILEF Gold Standard Certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners.
As WILEF celebrates its Tenth Anniversary, the awards ceremony will take place at a cocktail reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 on September 22 at The Yale Club here in New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, corner of E. 44th across from Grand Central.
About Ice Miller LLP
Founded in 1910, Ice Miller LLP is an Am Law 200 Firm with a nationally recognized reputation in many of its practice areas. Ice Miller offers a broad array of capabilities in virtually all areas of legal practice including: corporate, patents and trademarks, bankruptcy, lobbying, labor and employment, litigation, employee benefits, environment, tax, trusts and estates, real estate, municipal finance, public affairs and government law. With offices in Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus; DuPage County, Ill.; Indianapolis; New York; and Washington, D.C., the Firm has more than 300 lawyers and 40 paraprofessionals.
Founded by its Global Chair, Elizabeth Anne “Betiayn” Tursi, with the support of successful senior corporate executives and women attorneys, and subsequently law firm and corporate sponsors, WILEF is dedicated to assisting women in law to assume leadership roles within the National Law Journal 250 law firms, in Fortune 1000 legal departments and in their respective communities. WILEF presents cutting edge programming that provides an educational and networking forum for women in law and women law school students.
This press release is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice.