Newark, New Jersey’s Gibbons PC, a 230-attorney firm specializing in litigation, has been named one of the winners of the 2009 Catalyst Award.
Catalyst is a nonprofit organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.
Gibbons’ initiative, The Women’s Initiative: Driving Success Through Diversity Investment, supports a workplace culture that is flexible, innovative, engaging, and inclusive. It is embedded in the firm’s business development strategy and has become critical to its branding in the marketplace.
In 2007, The Women’s Initiative generated more than 6% of the firm’s annual revenue. Women currently hold 21.1% of equity director positions, and the number of women directors overall increased from 13% in 1997 to 19% in 2008. Women of color directors increased from zero to 4.1% in the same time frame. Women also chair three of the firm’s nine practice groups.
Gibbons is a top law firm in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Delaware metropolitan regions and is ranked among the Am Law 200. The firm provides transactional, litigation, and counseling services to leading businesses nationwide. The firm was recently ranked one of the top 50 firms nationwide for working women by Working Mother magazine, and among the top 100 firms in the nation for diversity by Multi-Cultural Law magazine.