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Rodney Martin Appointed to Inforum DiversityNEXT Steering Committee

Martin - smallRodney Martin, the Diversity Partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been appointed to Inforum’s DiversityNEXT Steering Committee.

Martin will serve a two-year term on the committee, which is dedicated to building inclusive work environments by serving as a resource to Michigan companies. Not only does DiversityNEXT provide access to industry leaders, it works to share best practices and research to advance gender diversity and overall inclusion initiatives.

Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Female partners of Warner Norcross were among the founding members of Inforum’s West Michigan region and continue to serve in leadership roles with the organization.

Martin concentrates his practice on financial institutions, with an emphasis on bank regulatory issues, fair lending, financial privacy and related matters. He chairs the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group.

Martin serves on the Inclusion Advisory Council of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board of BL2END. He co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.

He serves as facilitator for the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, which is an initiative of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, or GRBA. GRBA gave Martin its 2012 President’s Award in recognition of his special contributions in service to the board of trustees, executive committee and executive director. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and as a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Martin is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Linda Paullin-Hebden Named Chair of Warner Norcross Business Practice Group

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Linda Paullin-Hebden has been named chair of the firm’s Business Practice Group.Paullin-Hebden

Paullin-Hebden will lead the group of 60+ attorneys – one of the largest practice groups in the firm – who are located in each of the firm’s seven Michigan offices. Warner Norcross works with publicly traded and privately held companies in Michigan, across country and around the world. The firm routinely advises corporate and commercial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, antitrust issues, franchising, dealership, licensing and other issues.

Warner Norcross has some of the leading securities attorneys in the state, offering broad experience to clients for Securities and Exchange reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, investor relations, corporate governance and related areas. The firm also advises general counsel and boards of directors on non-transactional matters, such as takeovers, disclosures issues, executive compensation and fiduciary duties.

Paullin-Hebden, who practices in the firm’s Southfield office, joined Warner Norcross in 2006. She concentrates her practice in M&A, venture capital, investment adviser compliance and general corporate matters.

She was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its leading “Women in the Law.” Paullin-Hebden was named a Top Lawyer in Securities Law by dBusiness and a Michigan Super Lawyer. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

Mary Jo Larson Honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as One of the Leading “Women in the Law”

LarsonWarner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Mary Jo Larson has been honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2013 “Women in the Law.” The award, which will be presented in a special ceremony in Detroit on Sept. 26, recognizes the contributions of 25 leading women attorneys across the state. Nominators were asked to comment on four areas:

  • Excellence in the practice of law
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Volunteerism
Larson’s nomination letter read, in part: “Mary Jo paved the way for many women attorneys in the industry. Having homeschooled her own children, she is a strong proponent of achieving balance with professional and personal goals. She reminds those she mentors of the need to nurture themselves and their families when making key choices.”

Larson concentrates her practices in employee benefits law, with a focus on 401(k)s, pension plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and executive compensation. With more than 30 years of experience, she has been widely recognized for her expertise in employee benefits in Michigan.

She has been elected as a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Larson has been named one of the Top 100 Michigan Lawyers and Top 50 Women Michigan Lawyers by Michigan Super Lawyers. She is ranked by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers and received a number one ranking in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation area. In addition, Larson has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2001.

Larson’s work to establish a dialogue on race and diversity among business leaders in Detroit earned her and her colleagues the Emerging Leadership Award from Leadership Detroit – the first time the organization has ever recognized a group for leadership and community involvement.

She is a member of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan.

Active in the community, Larson serves on the boards of Forgotten Harvest, America’s largest food rescue organization, and Quest University, Canada’s first independent, non-profit liberal arts and sciences university. She has been an active member of Inforum Michigan since 2005.

Join Us at Inforum’s BoardAccess™ Briefing: How Boards Work

On Wednesday, February 27, Diversity Partner Rodney Martin will moderate a discussion with Maureen Noe, President and CEO, Heart of West Michigan United Way, and Mary Tuuk, President of Fifth Third Bank, Western Michigan, who will share their personal stories and insights on corporate board effectiveness. The program is part of Inforum’s BoardAccessTM initiative. For more information, visit Inforum’s website by clicking here.

Here is an interesting infographic from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on women at work.

Women at Work Infographic Via MBA@UNC
Via MBA@UNC: Top MBA Online & Women 2.0

Warner Norcross Partner Mary Jo Larson Honored By Leadership Detroit

Mary Jo Larson, a partner with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, is among a group of Leadership Detroit graduates who were honored earlier this month as “emerging leaders” at the 2012 Leadership Detroit Awards.

The award is the first ever made to a group and recognizes its members for continuing the work they began during their Leadership Detroit program to overcome racial lines in the city.  Normally Leadership Detroit programs end once the Leadership Detroit session itself concludes.

Larson, who concentrates her practice in employee benefits and executive compensation, is one of nine members of the group to earn the Emerging Leadership Award, which recognizes Leadership Detroit alumni who epitomize the spirit of lifelong leadership and community involvement.

Larson is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers, which named her as one of the Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers for the past four years.   She is also listed as a Top Lawyer in Employee Benefits by dbusiness magazine.

Larson is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.  She serves on the board of Forgotten Harvest and is active in teaching and lecturing.

Prominent Advocate for Flex Time Lawyers Blogs About Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Cynthia Calvert

Cynthia Calvert, co-founder of the Project for Attorney Retention at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a prolific author and speaker on the retention and advancement of women attorneys, alternative work arrangements, and family responsibilities discrimination, has discussed the Grand Rapids Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative Action Plan for diversity and inclusion in her blog.  Ms. Calvert played an important part in the steps that led up to the forming of the Collaborative.  In March 2010, she was a keynote speaker, along with Robert Grey of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, at the Grand Rapids Bar Association Roundtable on the Retention of Women and Minority Lawyers

Writing in her blog, Ms. Calvert predicted success for the plan based on the commitment and dedication to making a difference she saw at the Roundtable.  She described the Action Plan as employing strategies with a proven record of success and praised the Plan for including provisions that hold the firms accountable for implementing it. See, “Taking Action toward Diversity and Inclusion in Grand Rapids.”

In a subsequent blog, Ms. Calvert suggested 5 steps the members of the Collaborative can take to get their members actively participating the diversity and inclusion initiatives.  You can read that article by clicking here.

 Ms. Calvert is the author of a number of books and articles on the retention and advancement of women.  Her most recent book, written with Joan C. Williams, is “Flex Success: The Lawyer’s Guide to Balanced Hours” (2011)