Salazar Jackson Wins Most Innovative Program for Employee Health and Well-being at Chambers Diversity Awards USA
June 30, 2016 Posted in Firm News
Miami-based law firm Salazar Jackson, LLP was selected as the winner for the Most Innovative Program for Employee Health and Well-being at the inaugural Chambers Diversity Awards USA in New York City. The award recognizes the law firm that has made a collaborative effort to improve the health and well-being of their staff.
Salazar Jackson’s leaders made the decision to be purposely small in order to best address its staffs’ well-being and create a strong, high-performance environment.
“Being a boutique allows the firm to organically foster diversity and inclusion, and provides more opportunities for supporting the staff’s mental and physical health,” said Firm Co-Founder Luis Salazar. “We intentionally designed our office space with the comfort and well-being of our attorneys and staff in mind.”
After four years of the hugely successful Chambers Women in Law Awards, the Diversity Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the achievements of lawyers from non-traditional backgrounds and shine a spotlight on firms and individuals affecting positive change in the profession. According to Chambers, winning a Chambers Diversity Award sets a remarkably high precedent, and marks an internationally-recognized achievement of excellence in furthering the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Salazar Jackson promotes mental health and well-being programs with perks for its attorneys and staff that are markedly different than most law firms. One of these perks is bringing guest speakers to discuss wellness topics, such as Paul Lipton (Author of Hour of the Wolf) who spoke on the importance of continuing to challenge yourself to be all you can be without regard to age or any other definition, and without restrictions. The office also has a Zen Garden, a quiet room, outdoor patio areas for socializing and a kitchen filled (and replenished each week) with organic, fresh fruit and other healthy snacks.
To further add to this environment, last year Salazar Jackson implemented an in-house project management platform to streamline operations, control pricing, increase predictability and productivity. Salazar Jackson is one of the first firms in South Florida to implement this new platform, and one of only a few boutique firms in the country to implement project management.
“The open office environment has had an incredible impact on our staff’s health and well-being and can be seen by the increase in productivity and quality of work handled each day,” said Salazar. “The firm’s successes are proof that this business model is working, and the staff has never been happier.”
Salazar Jackson’s modern, cutting edge office space has even been recognized by the media for its unique features and fresh take on what a law office can be. The office was named one of the 2015 Coolest Office Spaces by the South Florida Business Journal. The Daily Business Review also profiled the new office in the December 2015 article, Law Office Thrives on Open Space, Post-Its, Hand-Picked Music.
Earlier this year, Salazar Jackson was named in Chambers USA 2016 among the top law firms for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Florida. Founding Partners Luis Salazar and Linda Worton Jackson were also ranked among the top Bankruptcy/Restructuring lawyers in Florida. Chambers USA ranks the country’s leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas. The research is conducted through countless in-depth interviews with clients and industry leaders including independent research. Since 1990, Chambers USA has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession.
About Salazar Jackson LLP
Salazar Jackson LLP (http://www.salazarjackson.com) is a Miami-based firm that serves individuals and businesses facing financial crisis, complex commercial litigation or government investigations as well as those seeking to seize financial or business opportunities through startups, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. They represent clients in matters throughout the country.