Rodney D. Martin, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been selected to lead the Firm's diversity efforts.
In his new role as Diversity Partner, Martin will work closely with the Firm's Management Committee to nurture a culture of inclusiveness within Warner Norcross and to recruit minority attorneys and staff to the Firm.
"As a Firm, we are committed to increasing gender and racial diversity," said Douglas E. Wagner, managing partner of Warner Norcross. "We have embarked on an aggressive strategy to attract and retain minority partners, associates and staff, and look to Rodney to assist us in fast-tracking these initiatives.
"Rodney is an excellent choice for this new position and I have confidence that he will be able to help us achieve our goal of a more inclusive workplace."
Martin joined the Firm in 1980 and now serves as chair of the Financial Services Law Group and cochair of the Privacy and Information Security Task Force. He has participated in the Institute for Healing Racism sponsored by the Woodrick Institute and is a founding member of the Minority Clerkship Program of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.
Active both personally and professionally, Martin serves on the editorial board of Privacy and Data Security Law Journal and is the author of the Michigan Lending Manual, which is published by the Michigan Bankers Association. He is also the author of Privacy and Information Security In the News, a daily electronic newsletter that provides news and commentary on a broad range of data security issues.
Martin speaks and writes regularly on a wide variety of issues related to financial institutions, fair lending and privacy and information security. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for 10 years.
Martin serves as president of the board of directors of Comprehensive Therapy Center, Inc., and on the board of Youth Development, Inc. He is also Kent District vice chair for program for the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Martin holds a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in economics and political science from Kalamazoo College. He holds a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Michigan Law School magna cum laude, where he was managing editor of the Michigan Law Review.
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About Warner Norcross & Judd:
This year, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP celebrates its 75th anniversary of service to clients in Michigan, across the country and throughout the world. With more than 175 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services. For the third consecutive year, the Firm has a greater percentage of partners listed in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America than any other large law firm in Michigan. Warner Norcross was also named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine for the third year in a row. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting and as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.