SAN FRANCISCO – March 4, 2015 – Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm, is a recipient of the 2015 AT&T Legal Department Diversity Award in the medium law firm category. The fourth annual award recognizes one small, medium and large firm nationally for their activities and accomplishments promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Winners were honored at AT&T’s Annual Legal Conference in Dallas, TX, on February 26, 2015, where Allen Matkins partners Scott Leipzig and Emily Murray accepted the award on the firm's behalf.
"The attorneys and staff at Allen Matkins believe that diversity enhances the services the firm provides, the environment in which our employees work, and our ability to attract, retain and promote talented lawyers and staff," says Allen Matkins Partner and Diversity Committee Chair Baldwin Lee. "We define diversity as a network of people who are different races or who have different cultures in our workforce, including people of color, women, and LGBT personnel. Like all of our clients, Allen Matkins shares a wonderful relationship with AT&T and we appreciate the similarities in our core values, particularly a commitment to diversity and inclusion."
Allen Matkins sponsors and participates in a wide range of organizations and programs with a minority focus in the business, legal and civic communities. The firm and its attorneys are active members and sponsors of the California Minority Counsel Program and it supports the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Goals and Timetables for Minority Hiring and Advancement. Allen Matkins also supports the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and is an active member of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law, the Women’s Lawyer Association of Los Angeles, and The Lawyers Club of San Diego, a specialty bar association seeking to advance the status of women in law and society.
The 2014 new partner class at Allen Matkins is a reflection of the firm's diverse culture, with three of the new partners women, one of whom is Thai-American, and the fourth an Hispanic. Two out of the firm's three most recent lateral hires are also minorities, and nearly 25 percent of the firm's partners are women or minorities.
ABOUT ALLEN MATKINS
Allen Matkins, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with approximately 200 attorneys in four major metropolitan areas of California: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The firm's areas of focus include real estate, construction, land use, environmental and natural resources; corporate and securities, real estate and commercial finance, bankruptcy, restructurings and creditor’s rights, joint ventures and tax; labor, employment and OSHA; and trials, litigation, risk management and alternative dispute resolution in all of these areas. For more information about Allen Matkins please visit www.allenmatkins.com.