Milwaukee, WI, September 15, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) is pleased to announce that Nationwide Mutual Insurance is the recipient of the annual Diversity Initiative Achievement Award. “This award is given to the corporate legal department that is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through its strong leadership and effective actions,” stated Jason L. Brown, NAMWOLF’s Executive Director & General Counsel. “Nationwide Insurance has proven to be an organization that truly deserves this recognition and we are thrilled to bestow this honor to them and their legal team.”
Nationwide joined NAMWOLF’s Corporate and Public Entity Partnering Program in 2009 to increase utilization of M/WBE law firms as outside counsel. Since then, the company has fully engaged with the association by encouraging its attorneys to serve on NAMWOLF committees and providing opportunities for its business leaders to personally meet NAMWOLF law firm members. Nationwide invited NAMWOLF members to attend the On Your Side Diverse Supplier Capacity Building Summit to meet senior leaders and decision makers. “We understand that working with diverse businesses is an important part of our diversity and inclusion strategy,” said Gilda Spencer, Nationwide’s Chief Litigation Counsel.
The annual award allows NAMWOLF firms to recognize a Corporate Partner that has distinguished itself through outstanding commitment to using minority or women-owned law firms. The award will be presented at NAMWOLF’s 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo in Las Vegas, September 18-21, 2011.
Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. The company provides a full range of personalized insurance and financial services, including car insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (www.namwolf.org) is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms. Since 2001, NAMWOLF has been a bridge between corporate legal departments and M/WBE law firms. NAMWOLF is highly regarded in the profession for its vetting process of outside firms who undergo an extensive application and screening process to ensure they are of the highest quality. With access to NAMWOLF’s directory of law firms, corporations can select superior M/WBE law firms by area of practice and geographic location.