One of the GMSDC’s most committed partners is the Atlanta-based law firm Drew Eckl & Farnham (DEF), one of the largest litigation defense firms in the Southeast. A long-term corporate partner of the GMSDC, DEF was recently honored by the Daily Report as a recipient of a Georgia Legal Award as one of the state’s Most Innovative Law Firms. Among the top publications for members of the legal profession, the Daily Report annually recognizes exemplary law firms in the state. The GMSDC is grateful for its partnership with DEF and is proud to offer congratulations on such a prestigious honor.
Led by a diversity committee comprised of attorneys and leadership from each of the firm’s practice areas, DEF has been an influential voice for diversity and inclusion for more than 15 years. With a team of 120 attorneys in offices throughout the state of Georgia, the firm meets or exceeds practically every diversity benchmark established by the National Association of Legal Placement. This year, the firm was recognized by the Daily Report for its unique Path to Partnership program, an internal career development approach that maximizes opportunities for lawyers to advance to the partner level.
DEF is well known throughout the Council for its leadership in several areas and the Strategic Alliance Training the firm has provided over the years for GMSDC MBEs. Douglas Burrell, partner at the firm and co-chair of the diversity committee, understands the importance of DEF’s longstanding partnership with GMSDC: “The GMSDC is the state’s leading organization for supplier diversity, having supported minority business development for 45 years. Our firm is serious about its commitment to diversity and inclusion as a standard in our practice, and we see both this award and our engagement at the GMSDC as a natural extension of our firm living out that commitment. We see this work as just one of the ways in which we serve in our communities.”
With a broad array of practice areas covering almost every area of the law, DEF is a world-class law firm making a difference both inside and outside the courtroom. We applaud them for being a stellar corporate partner to the GMSDC and for their standard of excellence and proactive commitment to supplier diversity.