HARRISBURG (April 16, 2021) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession (WIP) will present the 2021 H. Robert Fiebach Awards for the Promotion of Women in the Law to Griesing Law LLC in Philadelphia and Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP in Bala Cynwyd at an awards luncheon during the Commission on Women in the Profession (WIP) Annual Conference held as part of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Virtual Annual Meeting.
The award was created in 2017 to honor Pennsylvania law firms and solo practitioners, corporate law departments and other organizations providing legal services that have instituted programs or initiatives that help women lawyers continue and advance in their careers while maintaining a work/life balance.
Griesing Law LLC
Griesing Law was launched in January 2010 to create a firm in which women, diverse lawyers and others who felt marginalized by big firm practice could reach their full potential. Over the past 10 years, the firm has trained dozens of lawyers on business development and substantive practice areas enabling several of them to go on to successfully launch their own practices or join the companies of their clients. In the past decade, the firm has managed to maintain a diverse team at all levels, providing opportunities for growth and advancement.
Due to growth in supporting and advising other solo and small firms, the firm launched Bossible, a woman-owned marketing consultancy to meet that demand. Bossible helps entrepreneurs, professionals, small businesses and diverse businesses build and execute marketing plans that amplify them as thought leaders in their industries. It has helped several solo and small firms launch their first business development initiatives and refine their marketing efforts to yield greater return on their time. In tandem with Bossible, Griesing Law continues to look for opportunities to open doors and obtain greater attention for women and diverse law firms. Griesing Law has worked to increase entrepreneurship across an array of areas by sharing its entrepreneurial experience, and helping others avoid its mistakes and benefit from its successes.
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP
Manko Gold is an environmental law firm serving clients at the local, regional and national level. The firm was founded in 1989 by three partners who left a large, well-established firm to create a focused environmental practice where excellent legal services coexist with work/life balance.
The firm’s family leave policy allows all attorneys to spend significant time with their growing families, offering leave to both men and women. With a focus on training and professional development, the Manko Gold offers early opportunities for meaningful involvement and substantive experience in the firm’s complex practice areas. The firm has been a leader in offering reduced work and flexible schedules to accommodate family obligations, with many of the firms’ attorneys progressing toward partnership while working alternative schedules.
Manko Gold’s partnership invests in the long-term development of associates’ careers, offering progression toward partnership for all associates based on their growth and achievements. The firm’s success in these efforts is demonstrated by its people — many of firm’s current associates and partners began their careers as summer associates at the firm. Moreover, Manko Gold has been particularly successful in retaining and developing female attorneys, with women comprising 41 percent of the equity partnership, and several of the firm’s female partners serving as leaders in their practice areas. Most notably, more than half of the members of the firm’s management committee are women, and the firm’s current managing partner is a woman.
For more information on the WIP awards luncheon or the PBA Virtual Annual Meeting, visit https://www.pabar.org/pdf/2021/2021AnnualMeeting.pdf.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.