Lawyers of Color Names Ben Wilson Among Most Influential Black Lawyers of the Decade
Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities, has named Beveridge & Diamond chairman Ben Wilson as one of their Most Influential Black Lawyers of the Decade.
"Ben’s commitment to excellence, justice and civil rights are in his bones," Lawyers of Color writes in a profile citing Ben's numerous professional accomplishments and history of advocacy for diversity in the legal profession, including his founding of African American Managing Partners & General Counsel Network and Diverse Partners Network.
“Ben has made a tremendous impact throughout the field of environmental law, in his leadership at B&D, and in his diversity, equity, and inclusion work. This recognition is richly deserved, and we congratulate him on behalf of everyone at the Firm,” commented Kathy Szmuszkovicz, Managing Principal of the Firm.
Roy Prather, head of the firm's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, remarked, “In addition to his many professional accomplishments, no one has done more to encourage, support, and provide opportunities for lawyers of color, particularly the Black lawyers like me who have been inspired by his career. Ben has made an indelible impact on the lives of the countless attorneys he’s mentored and sponsored, and there is no one more deserving of this recognition from Lawyers of Color.”
Wilson’s recognition by Lawyers of Color follows other recent accolades, such as the District of Columbia Bar’s The Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award, the Washington Bar’s Hall of Fame honors, and the National Bar Association’s Presidential Award.