Mintz is pleased to announce that the firm has once again been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s "Most Admired Law Firms". The 2021 special report, published on September 27, identified the best law firms to work for in the region, including Mintz, and specifically those who are consciously working towards creating diverse, positive, and supportive environments to help drive the success of their attorneys.
In particular, Mintz was selected to the prestigious list for its longstanding commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion at the firm and in the legal community. Over the past year, Mintz has doubled down on its longstanding commitment to addressing racism and injustice in the United States, increasing diversity and inclusion at the firm and in the legal community, and driving greater civic engagement at all levels. Specifically, Mintz announced a multi-step diversity and inclusion plan, which included a firm goal of increasing the number of Black attorneys by 50% by June 2022 and continuing to undertake social justice reform work on a pro bono basis, among several other actions. The firm also set the trend for many others in the legal industry by giving attorneys and professional staff a paid day off on Election Day to vote and engage in related activities. In addition, Member Narges M. Kakalia was appointed the firm’s first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and continues to partner with firm leadership to drive this important work. In 2020, the firm interviewed and hired its most diverse class of Summer Associates to date, and also elevated an incredibly diverse class of attorneys to partnership. More information on these initiatives and others is available in Mintz’s 2020 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report.
On a regional level, Mintz’s Los Angeles office leads a number of the firm’s diversity and inclusion-focused events and initiatives that benefit the community. For example, Mintz Los Angeles has for several years hosted a unique “Lawyer for a Day” event, which brings in middle school students from a local Title One school to learn about the legal system and profession from firm attorneys and in-house counsel of color. While unable to host Lawyer for a Day in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mintz Members participated in a virtual career day event organized by New Los Angeles Charter School. Additionally, the firm’s Los Angeles office has historically hosted a Women’s Event featuring insights from successful women in law for members of the local legal and business communities.
“Before arriving at Mintz, I thought “culture” was one of several elements in an organization's success. I’ve come to see, in my time at Mintz, that culture isn't just one of several elements - it is the most critical element of all,” said Joshua Briones, Managing Member of the firm’s Los Angeles office. “Mintz is a great place because of the collective capacity of its people to create value by being kind, collaborative, supportive, and visionary.”
In order to create the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Admired Law Firms list, eligible firms were chosen based on a demonstration of impact made on the profession and Los Angeles community as well as programs and initiatives that benefit staff. Notably, Mintz was also recognized in the inaugural edition of Most Admired Law Firms in 2020, and as “Organization of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2021 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Awards. The Organization of the Year Award distinguished Mintz as a leading organization paving the way for the future of diversity and inclusion in the region and beyond.
For more information on Mintz’s diversity efforts, please click here.