What is NAMWOLF?

Founded in 2001, the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) is a nonprofit trade association comprised of a select group of preeminent minority and women owned law firms and other interested parties throughout the United States. Its core mission is to expand diversity in the legal profession by developing long-term partnerships between corporations and minority and women owned law firms.



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Benefits of Joining


Through our strategic partnerships and initiatives, NAMWOLF can connect corporate counsel with NAMWOLF firms who fit their needs.


NAMWOLF produces a variety of nationwide marketing services via materials and correspondence created for corporate counsel. The NAMWOLF database of law firm members is actively used by corporations in submitting RFPs for legal services and selecting local counsel on a variety of matters. Through our events, law firm members have an opportunity to meet and connect with corporate counsel who desire diversity within their outside counsel representation.


NAMWOLF brings corporate counsel together with minority and women owned law firms at our events,  which offer face-to-face interaction not found at other industry conferences and events. Additionally, corporate counsel who attend our events network with one another and discuss best practices for diversity and inclusion within their legal departments.

Application Criteria and Process

NAMWOLF uses a detailed vetting process to determine law firm admission. NAMWOLF staff performs independent research on each prospective firm, focusing on a firm’s MBW, WBE and/or LGBT status; reputation; references; any disciplinary action; awards/recognition; and practice area expertise. After the firm’s application is complete and verified, the Law Firm Admissions Committee (which is comprised of in-house counsel and law firm members), reviews the collected materials and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors, which makes the final decision.

  • Properly certified as a minority, women or LGBT owned, operated, managed and controlled (51% or more) firm.  Must be certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), or The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
  • Excellence in quality of law practiced.
  • Adherence to NAMWOLF’s core values.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity in the legal
  • Favorable client references from national and regional corporations or major public entities, including corporate references within the Fortune 500.
  • Martindale‐Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ (4.5‐5.0) Peer Review rating.
  • Three or more full‐time attorneys in the firm.
  • Headquartered in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
  • Sufficient practice liability insurance (at least $2 million).
  • $100 Nonrefundable Application Fee.

Certification Resources

NAMWOLF uses the following resources to provide certification of minority or women-owned law firms and peer review ratings:


Martindale‐Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Services

Phone: 800‐526‐4902 ext. 8000
Fax: 908‐790‐2170

LexisNexis Martindale‐Hubbell
121 Chanlon Road
New Providence, NJ 07974

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Women’s Business Enterprise National Counsel (WBENC)

Phone: 202‐872‐5515
Fax: 202‐872‐5505

1120 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1000
NW Washington, DC 20036

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National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

Phone: 212‐ 944‐2430

1359 Broadway, Tenth Floor
New York, New York 10018

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

729 15th St. NW, 9th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

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