Driving Diversity and Inclusion
At the Women in Law Summit Series Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership virtual conference, Goldberg Segalla’s Caroline J. Berdzik is a panelist on a session devoted to the #MeToo movement, centering on inclusion strategies and what law firms and corporations can do to help. The panel, “#MeToo – Moving Beyond the Hashtag and Enlisting Men to Become Ambassadors for Change,” focuses on how to identity male allies, engagement strategies, how to self-advocate to get buy-in from others, and tips and success stories. For more information on the event, visit cf-conferences.com.
Caroline J. Berdzik, chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor, Health Care, and Long-Term Care practices, devotes her practice to helping businesses, organizations, and management navigate the panoply of employment law issues, from proactive counseling through alternative dispute resolution and trial. She represents companies in diverse industries such as health care, transportation, retail, construction, insurance, and finance, as well as non-profit organizations and educational and religious institutions.
Elizabeth A. Chang, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton office, focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, professional liability, and casualty matters. Liz works closely with clients and in-house counsel from the inception of litigation through settlement negotiation and trial preparation, conducting lead fact and expert witness depositions, drafting pleadings and motions, and representing clients in pre-trial conferences, mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences.
Christina A. Gonzales, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Philadelphia office, concentrates her practice on environmental, toxic tort, and mass tort litigation matters. She counsels and defends clients in all stages of litigation, from inception through trial. Her experience involves securing defense verdicts for product manufacturers, contractors, suppliers, and premises owners in toxic tort cases, including strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty claims. She currently serves as local coordinating counsel for toxic tort litigation for the largest privately held wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, and industrial supplies in the country.
Leadership and Awards
Our Diversity Task Force, which includes members of our Facilitation Committee, conceptualizes and implements diversity-focused programs, and gives diversity a voice in our decision-making at the highest level. The individuals on this task force share the firm’s strong commitment to increasing diversity, and they use their unique experiences and backgrounds to support and advance that goal. Many of the members of the firm’s Diversity Task Force have also been recognized for their efforts in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the broader legal and business community.
Most recently, Caroline J. Berdzik, a partner based in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton office and a member of the firm’s most senior leadership, was named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2020 list of “Top Women in Law,” which recognizes female attorneys who have influenced the legal profession. Caroline was selected for her leadership at Goldberg Segalla, in the fields of employment and labor and health care law, and as an advocate for women in business.
In June 2020, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) presented Goldberg Segalla’s Joseph M. Hanna, chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment and Retail and Hospitality groups, with its sixth Annual Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award. Named for Rick Palmore, whose career-long commitment to diversity in the legal profession led to the founding of LCLD in 2009, this award is the highest honor given by a growing community of more than 2,600 LCLD Alumni.
The Next Step
The Next Step is a podcast written, presented, and produced by the women of Goldberg Segalla. In collaboration with the firm’s Women’s Initiative, this podcast touches on topics such as personal and professional growth and success in the workplace. This episode features GS attorneys who are heavily involved with their communities, and how that has contributed to their success here at Goldberg Segalla.
Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion
Goldberg Segalla’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is strong, sincere, and a critical component of our firm’s mission and culture. We are proud to receive consistent regional and national recognition for the innovative programs we have developed and the results we have been able to achieve—both within our own firm and across the wider business and legal communities.