Mintz is pleased to share that the firm has been recognized in the inaugural edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Admired Law Firms of Los Angeles.” The special report, published on November 23, 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. The Los Angeles Business Journal noted that the firm “is consistently rated among the best of the best by clients, legal peers and publications for the firm’s work, culture and leadership.” Mintz continues to receive national recognition for its diversity and inclusion work, including most recently the Gold Standard Certification from Women in Law Empowerment Forum, which honors law firms whose advancement of women stands out. In 2020, the firm also earned its 13th consecutive perfect score on the annual Corporate Equality Index administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In addition to the above honors, Mintz’s “Most Admired Law Firms” profile highlighted the firm’s recent Beacon of Justice award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association for its dedication to pro bono work, specifically serving vulnerable individuals fleeing to the U.S. border.
In June 2020, Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodian announced that all firm attorneys and professional staff would be given a paid day off on Election Day, November 3, to vote and engage in related activities. In the Juneteenth memo, he also announced a new, 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. Additionally, as part of this plan, Mintz donated $150,000 between three nonprofits focused on civil rights, and separately, Member Narges Kakalia assumed a new role as the firm’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
“The Los Angeles office is home to a particularly diverse team of attorneys and staff, many of whom are active participants in the firm’s comprehensive diversity and inclusion efforts,” said Managing Member of Mintz’s Los Angeles office Joshua Briones. “In addition, we are deeply committed to giving back to our community through office initiatives, such as Lawyer for a Day.”
Mintz Los Angeles’ “Lawyer for a Day” event, held annually in March, brings in local middle school students to learn about the legal system and profession from firm attorneys and in-house counsel. The firm’s Los Angeles office also hosts an annual Women’s Event, which features insights from successful women in the law and is open to members of the local legal and business communities.
In order to create the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Admired Law Firms” list, eligible firms were judged based on company culture, employee compensation, benefits, and programs, as well as diversity and women’s initiatives. Notably, in 2019, Mintz was selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of “Best Law Firms,” which highlighted the top 25 law firms to work for in the region.