Flaster/Greenberg, Attorneys at Law was honored as "Company of the Year" by the South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) at its 2008 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards dinner. The awards dinner was held to honor extraordinary individuals and organizations for their contributions to women and women business owners.
At Flaster/Greenberg, 32 percent of all attorneys and 21 percent of the firm's shareholders are women, along with 66 percent of administration management. Women attorneys serve significant roles at the firm, including on the Executive Committee and as Department Chairs. "Our glass ceiling was shattered at inception of the firm," said Managing Shareholder Peter R. Spirgel. "In fact, the majority of firm employees are female and we are ahead of the curve when looking at the percentage of women shareholders."
The significance of the award was not lost on members of the firm. "It is gratifying to see our firm recognized for its work to promote women internally and in the greater community," said Shareholder Abbe Fletman.
"This award is confirmation that a commitment to fairness in business at all levels works to minimize the effect of inherent bias, and bias is a large component of the glass ceiling. I am proud to be at a firm that works hard to remove that barrier to success for women within the firm and in the business community not just in principle but in reality," said Shareholder Lynda Calderone.
NAWBO South Jersey has been dedicated to providing support, education, mentoring and networking opportunities for women business owners and their associates in the region.
A founding sponsor of the Women's Business Forum with the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, The Burlington County Advisory Council on Women and Burlington County College, Flaster/Greenberg is an advocate of women business organizations throughout the region. The National Association of Women Business Owners - South Jersey, Society of Women Environmental Professionals, Women Inventing Next (WIN), the Forum of Executive Women, Women's Way and the Women's Law Project are among the many organizations the firm supports.
"As a labor and employment attorney who deals with discrimination and harassment issues involving our clients every day, I can tell you that it is extremely gratifying to know that our firm has been selected as one of the region's top workplaces for women. We strive for equal opportunity in everything we do, and this award confirms that we have made great progress," noted Flaster/Greenberg shareholder Michael Homans.
A multi-disciplinary regional business law firm of 70 attorneys practicing in 23 areas of law, Flaster/Greenberg has offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. For nearly four decades, the firm has represented a diverse business clientele, including publicly and privately held companies in areas ranging from manufacturing and high technology to real estate and service industries.