CHARLESTON, SC.—Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP has long been proud to support the men and women in uniform who keep our nation safe. Recently, the US Department of Defense honored the firm for its support of the Reserve and National Guard.
The firm is a 2019 winner of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Seven Seals Award. In addition, Womble Bond Dickinson will represent South Carolina in the large business category in the national ESGR Freedom Award competition.
The ESGR Seven Seals Award is awarded to employers for their demonstrated support for employees serving in the Reserve and National Guard. Members of these branches make up nearly half of the nation’s defense force.
Firm Vice Chair Ellen Gregg, Charleston Office Managing Partner Jim Myrick and attorney Andrew Walden represented the firm at a Feb. 7 appreciation luncheon in Charleston. Walden also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve.
“There is no way we can ever fully thank the men and women of the Reserve and National Guard. At Womble Bond Dickinson, we are honored to do what we can to express our gratitude to these citizen-soldiers,” Myrick said.
“As a Reservist, I know how vital this employer support can be – and I’m grateful to work at a law firm like Womble Bond Dickinson that truly values the service of Reserve and National Guard members,” Walden said.
Womble Bond Dickinson supports military personnel in a number of ways, including through a long-standing military leave policy. For example, the firm makes up the difference in pay for employees on active duty, so they will not suffer a pay cut while serving their country. The firm also allows employees and their families to maintain their health care, dental and insurance benefits while they are away.
Womble Carlyle, the US predecessor firm of Womble Bond Dickinson, was a 2008 winner of the ESGR Freedom Award—the first law firm ever to win this honor. In 2018, the ESGR recognized Womble Bond Dickinson’s Greensboro, NC office for its support of the Reserve and National Guard.
Appearing Left to Right: Eli Wishart, State Chairman of the South Carolina ESGR and a retired US Army Reserve Colonel; Womble Bond Dickinson Vice Chair Ellen Gregg; Womble Bond Dickinson attorney and US Army Reservist Andrew Walden; South Carolina National Guard Brigadier General Jeffrey Jones; Womble Bond Dickinson Charleston Office Managing Partner Jim Myrick; and Colonel Gregory Gilmour of the United States Air Force Reserve. He is the Commander - 315th Airlift Wing.