Claudette G. Wilson, an employment-law litigator and managing partner of Wilson Turner Kosmo, appears in Best Lawyers Business “Women in the Law” edition alongside 38 highly-accomplished women and 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” honorees commenting on issues of critical importance to the corporate-facing legal industry in 2019.
Wilson was selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Named to the list each year since 2007, she was also named the San Diego Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” — a recognition she has received twice before in 2012 and 2016. This third honor landed Wilson in the “Women in the Law” edition discussing how to best achieve a more inclusive legal industry.
“As the managing partner of a successful women-owned firm, I am often asked by other firm leaders and clients how they could improve their gender diversity. My answer is always the same: You need to have women in positions of authority to see your female employees stay with your organization and thrive,” she said. “Having women in positions of authority assures that issues important to women are considered and hopefully implemented, and also lets junior women see a path to success for themselves.”
Wilson Turner Kosmo, one of the largest women-owned law firms in the state — with more than 80 percent of personnel being women or minorities — leads the charge to encourage and achieve diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Wilson, a skilled litigator who heads the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group, has helped shape employment law, and build one of the most inclusive law firms, in California. She has more than 35 years of experience representing clients in high-stakes trials involving wage and hour, disability and age discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation disputes, among others, and has effectively argued cases before the California Court of Appeals and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“While women in the law may be united in their savvy and resilience, they are nonetheless a diverse group from many different background and beliefs,” Best Lawyers editor Nancy Lippincott, wrote in the issue. “More than anything in this issue we wanted to highlight not just what these women have in common, but how they differ, and how those differences are changing the industry — and the country — for everyone.”
Wilson’s commentary, and that of other leading women attorneys, appears in the Best Lawyers Business (Spring 2019) “Women in the Law” edition and is available to view online at bestlawyers.com.
About Wilson Turner Kosmo
Wilson Turner Kosmo serves as California trial counsel for local and national companies and public institutions. The firm’s 31 lawyers provide litigation expertise in the areas of product liability, employment law, class actions and general business litigation. Established in 1991, Wilson Turner Kosmo’s attorneys are frequently honored for their commitment to the legal profession and the San Diego community. The firm is one of the largest women-owned law firms in California and is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and The Supplier Clearinghouse for the Utility Supplier Diversity Program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visit www.wilsonturnerkosmo.com.