Our Firm Commitment to Diversity

INTRODUCTION

Warner Norcross & Judd strives to foster and maintain a culture that is based on three principles of diversity: Respect, Inclusion and Teamwork. We believe a team that values the broad range of experiences, perspectives and ideas of a diverse group is better at problem solving, more innovative and more effective, resulting in better results and better service for our clients.

We are implementing our commitment to diversity and to a culture of inclusiveness through programs and initiatives throughout the law firm. We have taken a leading role in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Bar at the local and state levels.

Our Diversity Partner, Rodney Martin, has been charged by our Management Committee with day-to-day responsibility of leading our effort to be a more diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone. Specifically, he is charged with identifying barriers to inclusion in the workplace and with developing and implementing strategies to break down those barriers. Each year the firm issues a Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report that candidly assesses our progress.

Warner was one of the first firms to sign the State Bar of Michigan's Pledge to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession in Michigan. Rodney Martin serves on the State Bar's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, which is charged with implementing the pledge.

We also are a leading member of Grand Rapids Bar Association's Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, which has adopted a five-year action plan to increase the diversity of our law firms and the Bar Association and to foster an inclusive legal community.

We are proud of the role we play as a leader in our community and the profession. We were the first organization to be accredited as a Full Partner by Partners for a Racism Free Community. We were honored to receive the Diversity Visionary Award in 2009 from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. For the tenth year in a row, we have been recognized as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association. We have received the same acknowledgment for our Metro Detroit offices for five years running.


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