Diversity Matters at Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs

Diversity Matters at Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs
Largest California Black-Owned Law Firm Committed to Legal, Social Justice

LOS ANGELES – Sept. 9, 2020 – Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs, the largest Black-owned law firm in California, is not only committed to helping clients and the community work toward diversity, inclusion, and social justice, the firm represents those ideals itself.

With a 77-year history, Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs has seen and been part of change in both clients and the world around them, but one thing that has not changed is their commitment to diversity and differing perspectives.

“Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is owned and staffed by professionals diverse in age, background, gender, and ethnicity,” said W. Keith Wyatt, a long-time partner who was recently named President and Managing Director of the firm. “Our history shows we’ve been on the front lines of justice for many years, not just legally, but socially as well.”

Keith joined the firm in 1981 and became a Director in 1986. Prior to joining Ivie McNeill & Wyatt, Mr. Wyatt was an attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He is also a 2018 John M. Langston Bar Association Hall of Fame Inductee.

“We’re extremely proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” added Rodney S. Diggs, a long-time partner at Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs, who has significant experience trying Civil Rights and Labor and Employment cases. “Above all, our firm has a strong belief in and commitment to giving back to our community and forging a path for those who historically have not been represented in law.”

In addition to Mr. Wyatt, attorneys at Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs are active members of numerous legal associations dedicated to promoting diversity in the law including the California Association of Black Lawyers, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, National Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Armenian Bar Association and Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.

Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is also committed to advancing the education of minority law students and the firm’s attorneys mentor law students and serve on the alumni boards of their alma maters, including the UCLA Black Alumni Association and the Howard University Alumni Association of Greater Los Angeles.

Founded in 1943, the law firm of Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is the largest Black-owned law firm in California and one of Southern California’s premier full-service law firms, representing a broad range of businesses, public entities, and individuals in a vast array of litigation matters and transactions. The firm’s partners include Rickey Ivie, W. Keith Wyatt, Byron Purcell, Rodney Diggs, and Marie Maurice.

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