Miller Law Group was founded in 1998 by Michele Ballard Miller on the principle that women attorneys should have opportunities to own, manage, and engage in an exciting and fast-paced law practice. Today the firm is the largest women-owned management-side employment law firm in the country and the fourth largest women-owned firm overall (i.e., in any type of legal practice), and in 2012 we were named as a Fastest Growing Women Owned Company by the San Francisco Business Times. The firm is certified as a women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Miller Law Group is a diverse workplace and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse group of attorneys and staff. We believe that a culture of inclusion, which respects and values the diversity of everyone within our firm, as well as our clients and vendors, significantly enhances our ability to provide excellent legal services to our clients.
We are active in the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) to partner with businesses in furtherance of diversity initiatives, increase awareness of the benefits of diversity in a law firm practice, and to recruit women and diverse attorneys. The firm also actively participates in the California Minority Counsel Program, Hispanic National Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute’s Women in the Law Committee. The firm completed the 2012 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey and is a member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Firm Affiliate Network.
While Miller Law Group is a naturally diverse environment as a women-owned firm, we remain proactive in our efforts to attract and retain a diverse group of attorneys and staff, with respect to gender, race, LGBT status, and other diversity factors. For example, in early 2011 the firm implemented a diversity committee, with key goals for the coming year to set up mentoring relationships within the firm for minority attorneys, create opportunities for diverse attorneys to be active in legal organizations, and provide a framework to ensure equitable staffing of cases. Over the past year, we continued our active participation in NAMWOLF to partner with businesses to further their diversity initiatives, increase awareness of the benefits of diversity in a law firm practice, and to recruit women and minority attorneys.
Miller Law Group shareholder Lisa Hamasaki was recently a panelist in two diversity roundtables hosted by California Lawyer magazine and moderated by the California Minority Counsel Program. The first was a Diversity Update in which panelists discussed the business case for diversity in the legal profession. The second roundtable focused on Diversity and Inclusion in the legal profession and what law firms are doing to help promote each in their firm.