Sodexo Names 2009 Law Firm Diversity Leaders

July 01, 2009

Sodexo recognizes diversity accomplishments of partner law firms

Sodexo Names 2009 Law Firm Diversity Leaders

Four prominent law firms have been designated for the second consecutive year as “Diversity Leaders” by the Law Department of Sodexo, Inc., a leading foodservice and facilities management company, itself globally recognized for benchmark status in diversity and inclusion.

Arnold & Porter; Ford & Harrison; Hunton & Williams and Paul Hastings were selected from among 24 law firms with which Sodexo partners for its business in the U.S. to receive this recognition. The firms provided details regarding their diversity commitment, programs and results of those programs. A committee of Sodexo Legal Department team members evaluated the responses and awarded these top firms based on their extensive diversity policies, including their recruitment, retention, and attorney development efforts, and their significant representation of women and minorities at all levels within their respective firms.

This is the second year that Sodexo identified the same four law firms as being best in class with respect to Diversity and Inclusion.  “This is no accident as these firms have demonstrated a serious commitment to building a truly inclusive workplace and increasing the diversity of their staffs” said Sodexo General Counsel Robert Stern.  “I am pleased that we have in fact been growing our business with these firms who best align with our corporate values.”

Sodexo’s Law Department Outside Counsel Diversity Initiative exemplifies the Sodexo legal team’s commitment to advocate strongly for the increased usage of minority and women-owned firms and the expanded hiring, retention and promotion of diverse counsel within all other law firms that serve Sodexo.

In addition to its selection as a Diversity Leader, Paul Hastings received the Frances Nam Sodexo Law Department Diversity Award at the Law Department Reception during the Sodexo Foundation Dinner on June 4, 2009. The honor is named after recently deceased Sodexo Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Frances Nam who was very active in diversity initiatives during her time with the company.  Paul Hastings commitment to diversity, its wide-ranging mentoring, networking, and development programs, and its significant representation of women and minorities led to its selection as Sodexo’s top-ranked firm in the area of Diversity and Inclusion. 

“We are deeply honored by this recognition of our diversity efforts by our valued client, Sodexo” said Jeffrey Wohl, a partner in the Employment Department at Paul Hastings.  "We are especially moved by being named Sodexo's first recipient of the Frances Nam Sodexo Law Department Diversity Award.  Like Sodexo, Paul Hastings has a long tradition of embracing diversity and recognizing the unique contributions to our firm by all individuals of different backgrounds and experiences.  And like Frances, we are unrelenting in making diversity a reality at our firm every day."

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

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