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Davis+Gilbert Rewards Diversity and Inclusion Work With Billable Hour Credit

NEW YORK, NY, February 23, 2021 – In its ongoing effort to promote diversity in the legal profession and other communities, Davis+Gilbert has adopted a new policy to incentivize time spent by its attorneys on diversity-related issues. Effective immediately, the firm is expanding a 50 billable hour credit category to now include work supporting diversity and inclusion within the firm and/or in their communities.

The expanded offering is in addition to 50 billable hours granted for pro bono work. In total, the firm has allocated 100 billable credit hours to attorneys who give back to the community via these important initiatives.

“It is important to align our incentive systems, including our compensation system, with our values as a firm,” said firm Chairman Ronald Urbach. “With this action and others, we hope to make it emphatically clear that we value diversity and inclusiveness.”

The firm’s previous recognition of 50 billable hours now include diversity and inclusion-related activities, which can include mentoring diverse talent, leading or attending diversity trainings, participating in diversity bar associations and volunteering at diversity-related events, among other things.

“This policy change is just one step that our firm leaders can take to show our deep commitment to creating and supporting diversity and inclusion not just at the firm, but within our communities, society and nation. We know that our attorneys’ ideas, voices, and participation are the key to our firm making a real difference on these vital issues and we commit to encouraging their efforts in any way we can,” adds Urbach.

Davis+Gilbert has been designated a top-ranked midsized law firm in New York in the 2021 Vault rankings. It has a proud history of supporting community-minded work by its attorneys, including pro bono work for the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) which provides pro bono legal name change services to low-income TGNCNB (transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary) people.

About Davis+Gilbert
Davis+Gilbert LLP is a strategically focused, full-service mid-sized law firm of more than 130 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in New York City, the firm represents a wide array of clients – ranging from start-ups to some of the world's largest public companies and financial institutions – throughout the United States and internationally. Davis+Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Benefits & Compensation; Corporate; Digital Media, Technology & Privacy; Entertainment, Media & Sports; Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation; Private Client Services; Real Estate and Taxation. Davis+Gilbert is ranked in publications and legal directories such as Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, and “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® and is consistently recognized in The BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” (2012-2021).

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