Weber Gallagher is committed to achieving and maintaining diversity within its attorney and staff ranks and seeks to build on the foundation of inclusiveness established by the firm’s founders. A core value at Weber Gallagher is its belief that diversity and inclusion means total acceptance of the unique perspectives and experiences we all bring as we work to development the best possible legal solutions for our valued clients.
Weber Gallagher maintains a workforce that reflects the diverse composition of our society and provides an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion. Real diversity and inclusion involve more than simply acknowledging differences. We further acknowledge that respecting individual differences will not only benefit our firm by creating a competitive edge and increasing work productivity, but we also best serve our clients by providing top-notch legal solutions with perspectives that only come from accepting different viewpoints instead of just business as usual.
Partner Wendy Smith said, “It’s not just about dealing with diversity but about this being part of the culture of our firm, it is who we are at Weber Gallagher.”
Weber Gallagher recognizes that increased diversity and inclusion efforts in recruitment, employment and retention will lend itself to sustainable progress and growth of the firm. Although Weber Gallagher believes that the achievement of a diverse workforce must be attained, the provision of excellent legal services is never sacrificed.
Weber Gallagher’s Diversity Committee includes Partners, associates and staff from across the firm and the members represent our differences in ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, backgrounds and viewpoints. The Diversity Committee is chaired by Partner Marisa Kussoy. “We are committed to an atmosphere of inclusion and diversity,” Kussoy said. “From hiring to mentoring to community service, we stress the importance of a work environment that is reflective of the community that we all serve so that we can provide our clients the highest level of service."
Weber Gallagher’s Diversity Committee focuses its efforts in the key areas of
To reach its goals, the Diversity Committee takes steps to:
1. Recruit, hire and retain a multicultural and diverse workforce based on academic and career performance.
2. Provide professional development opportunities to all attorneys and staff.
3. Identify and promote diverse firm professionalism on the basis of excellence in performance at the firm.
4. Organize and conduct training programs with the recognized goal of facilitating a greater understanding of diversity with the firm and consistent with the firm’s core values and its commitment to client service.
5. Ensure that the firm conducts business to include diverse professionals consistent with the needs and interests of the firm’s clients and the firm’s goal to provide clients with quality representation.
6. Become a leader in the legal community with respect to all of the firm’s endeavors including its position related to diversity.
Weber Gallagher’s attorneys actively participate on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Diversity Task Force, the Board of Trustees of the oldest African-American New Jersey bar association, the Garden State Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee. Our recent community outreach includes participation in the Montgomery Bar Summer 1-L Diversity Program, speaking at area high schools, colleges and community centers encouraging students from under-represented groups to consider a career in the legal profession and support of a First-Year Diversity Fellowships to law students of ethnic, racial, socioeconomic groups and/or individuals with disabilities who are typically underrepresented in law firms like Weber Gallagher.
We often accept speaking engagements with organization promoting diversity. We are involved with the African American Chamber of Commerce in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We attend minority career fairs, are members of the Weber Gallagher Hiring Committee and contribute articles to legal publications about the value of diversity in law and the communities we serve. In addition, we host clients and diverse leaders in the field of diversity and inclusion to speak and continue to educate the employees at Weber Gallagher. We mentor and employ a diverse group of high school students to interest them in professional careers in law firms whether it be as attorneys or staff members. The firm’s Diversity Committee and Women’s Initiative both work to keep issues affecting women and diverse attorneys and staff in the forefront of the firm’s thinking and growth planning and to institutionalize inclusion as a standard practice in our workplace.
Our Diversity Committee Members are:
Chair: Partner Marisa Kussoy
Partners: Carolyn R. Mirabile, David Rosenberg, Wendy Smith, Tracy Walsh, John Zurzola
Associates: David Assalone, Cheryl A. Binosa, Matthew G. Laver, Judy Min, Dawn Nicholson, Kenneth Sharperson, Erdal Turnacioglu