CDF Recognized as a Best Firm for Female and Minority Attorneys

California labor and employment law firm ranked nationally among the top 10 based on size by Law360

IRVINE, Calif. – June 21, 2018 Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning employment, labor and immigration law firm recognized for protecting employers with workforces in California for nearly 25 years, has added another prestigious accolade to its growing list. CDF was recently named one of the “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys” in Law360’s 2018 Glass Ceiling Report for firms with 20-149 attorneys. This accolade arrives on the heels of CDF’s recent listing as one of the “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys” in Law360’s same report.

Across the legal field as an industry average, minorities make up 21 percent of non-partners and eight percent of equity partners, according to Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys” report on June 17, 2018. In contrast, 50 percent of CDF non-partner attorneys are minorities, while 32 percent of all CDF attorneys are minorities, and one-third of CDF’s equity partner management committee is minority or female.  Moreover, women and minorities account for more than 60 percent of the firm’s total number of attorneys. 

“Being listed on Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report as a best law firm for female attorneys, and now for minority attorneys, exemplifies CDF’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, not just for today, but for the future of our firm, our clients, our communities, and the legal field,” said Marie DiSante, CDF founding partner and firm managing partner. “Within our firm, this means working in a diverse environment that reflects the communities and employers we represent, mirroring the values of today’s workforces and bridging the gap to become true business partners with our clients.”

For the annual Glass Ceiling Report, Law360 surveyed more than 300 U.S. firms about their demographics as of Dec. 31, 2017. To make the prestigious list, Law360 grouped firms based on U.S. attorney headcount. Firms with below-average in their group in any of the following categories were deemed ineligible for the ranking: 1) percentage of minority attorneys, 2) percentage of minority non-partners, 3) percentage of minority partners, both equity and non-equity, and 4) percentage of minority equity partners. The remaining firms were ranked using a formula that equally weights the percentage of non-partners and percentage of total non-partners who are minorities. 

Diversity and inclusion have been the bedrock of CDF since its inception in 1994. To this day, the firm remains committed to maintaining the ingrained value of inclusion. For more than two decades, CDF has focused on the recruitment, development and retention of the best and brightest from all walks of life and backgrounds to support growth and serve the needs of diverse clients.

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For close to 25 years, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top employment, labor and business immigration law firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance.  The firm has five offices throughout California – in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.  For more information, visit: and find CDF on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more about how the firm protects California employers.

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