DALLAS (Aug. 4, 2023) — Leading immigration firm BAL once again took the top spot in Law360’s latest Diversity Snapshot for its size category. The recognition marked the fourth consecutive year the firm scored #1 in overall diversity in the elite publication’s annual survey.
“Diversity is a foundational principle at BAL,” said Nicole Dawson, Chief People and Culture Officer. “Our top ranking demonstrates the success of our DE&I initiatives. The results speak for themselves, and we appreciate this national recognition of our efforts.”
Law360 called out BAL’s high scores as one of few diversity “success stories” discovered through its survey of 283 firms. BAL scored 24.7 points above the benchmark, the third highest score of all firms in all size categories.
BAL ranked the highest in diversity among equity partners, associates and other attorneys among firms of the same size. The majority of BAL’s associates, 55.1%, are attorneys of color. Attorneys of color also make up 24% of all partners, 50% of equity partners and 59.3% of all other BAL lawyers.
“As an immigration law firm, we recognize the strength people from varied backgrounds and experiences, from all around the world, provide,” said CEO Jeremy Fudge. “We deliberately seek and promote the best talent and give them equal opportunities to make a difference. This top ranking reflects our authentic culture of empowerment where every individual is valued and contributes in meaningful ways.”
BAL leads the legal industry in its commitment to diversity, achieving national recognition multiple years in a row. In 2023 alone, in addition to the Law360 report, the firm ranked #4 out of 226 firms in The American Lawyer’s 2023 Diversity Scorecard, #1 in the National Law Journal’s 2023 Women in Law Scorecard, and received the nonprofit Lawyers of Color Aspire Diversity Award.
Established in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) powers human achievement through immigration expertise, people-centered client services and innovative technology. BAL, with 12 offices across the United States and global coverage in more than 185 countries around the world, operates as a single entity through its oneBAL culture — a uniquely holistic approach, intentionally structured as one team, one brand, one P&L, one standard of excellence and one unifying technology. This united approach enables the firm to deliver the highest level of knowledge, insights and resources from across the entire organization. At BAL, we pursue the exceptional.
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