As part of PepsiCo Inc.’s outside counsel diversity initiatives, Womble Carlyle has been recognized for its demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession at PepsiCo’s annual diversity recognition day.

Law firms recognized on this day participated in PepsiCo’s diversity survey adapted from the ABA Model Diversity Survey. The survey collects diversity metrics from U.S. law firms that billed PepsiCo in the prior calendar year. PepsiCo used a weighted formula to generate a diversity index score and examined the firms’ initiatives related to diversifying the legal profession. PepsiCo recognized law firms that earned diversity index scores above the median in comparison to their peers and demonstrated an exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusion through qualitative efforts.    

“At Womble Carlyle, we are constantly striving towards being the kind of diverse and inclusive firm that represents our communities and clients, like PepsiCo,” said Womble Carlyle Chair & CEO Betty Temple. “We are honored to be recognized by such a well-respected company, client and leader in diversity and inclusion.”

“Among the firms surveyed, these firms had some of the best metrics and practices we reviewed,” said Tony West, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PepsiCo. “We are honored to recognize them; and as their client, we will continue to support their diversity and inclusion efforts.”

Womble Carlyle joins a distinguished group including 15 other firms recognized this year: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Baker Botts LLP, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Carstens & Cahoon, LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Jackson Lewis P.C., Jenner & Block LLP, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Attorneys Ken Shelton, Ryan Cagle, Jessica Gorczynski, Sarah Keefe and Laura Kees represented the firm at PepsiCo’s annual diversity recognition day.

About Womble Carlyle

Womble Carlyle is a 500+-attorney law firm that corporate clients rely on to provide core legal services, such as Complex Business Litigation, Mass Torts, Intellectual Property, Corporate & Securities, Finance and Real Estate. 

Our focus is the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Silicon Valley markets, and from this footprint, we serve clients in matters across the country and across the world. Clients trust us because we understand their businesses, focus on their successes, demonstrate a commitment to help, and deliver value for their dollars they spend on us. 

Womble Carlyle has a transatlantic alliance with leading UK firm Bond Dickinson to provide clients with domestic legal, regulatory and business advice in both the US and UK Thanks to Womble Carlyle’s alliance with Lex Mundi, the world’s largest association of independent law firms, we also can offer clients access to quality-tested local counsel in more than 120 countries. Lex Mundi provides seamless access to local attorneys and market knowledge throughout the globe.

Womble Carlyle’s offices are located in: Atlanta; Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Silicon Valley, Calif., Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville and Tysons Corner, Va.; Baltimore; and Wilmington, Del.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world us. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information, visit