Our Commitment to Diversity
msd is a new york state, as well as a new york city, certified woman owned business and these certifications, along with our pro bono work, philanthropy, and affiliations reflect our commitment to diversity
As a firm and through the activities of our employees, MSD promotes diversity. This
commitment is reflected in many ways, including:
Our certification by the New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development, as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise; and our certification by the City of New York's Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Certification Program as a Women owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
We are at the forefront in the growth of privately held, women-owned law firms in the U.S.
Existing statistics for women lawyers in the U.S. (29%*) and law firm partners (just 16%*)
support the assertion that "women-owned law firms remain rarities."** This is especially true
for firms like MSD that are not solo practices.
Encouraging membership in varied professional associations. MSD's attorneys are affiliated
with organizations including the Columbian Lawyers Association, the Jewish Lawyers Guild,
the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the Metropolitan Women's Bar Association.
Being sensitive to diversity issues when meeting staffing requirements. We believe that having
employees who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives helps us represent our clients
better in the various communities we serve.
Communicating with clients in Filipino, Irish, and Spanish when necessary.
Participating in pro bono activities in the communities where MSD does business. For instance,
partner Salvatore J. DeSantis was among those recognized for
volunteering with Trial Lawyers Care, which advised and represented families and small businesses
impacted by the September 11 attacks. Also, our attorneys share their expertise, at no cost,
with less-experienced lawyers by taking part in educational programs throughout New York's
*According to the American Bar Association.
**"Despite Law School Gains, Women-Owned Law Firms Remain Rarities," Boston Business
Journal, March 28, 2003.