Press Releases Oct 09, 2014

BB&K Partner Michelle Ouellette Among Diversity Journal’s 2015 Women Worth Watching

Michelle Ouellette Was Recognized for Her Positive Influence on Diversity Both Inside and Outside the Workplace in the National Magazine

For Immediate Release: Oct. 9, 2014
Media Contact: Denise Nix • 213-787-2552 •

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Michelle Ouellette, a Best Best & Krieger partner in the firm’s Riverside office, is one of 160 women named to the Diversity Journal’s 2015 Women Worth Watching® list. Ouellette, who practices in the Environmental Law & Natural Resources group, was nominated for her positive influence on diversity both inside and outside the workplace.

In the September/October 2014 edition of Diversity Journal, Ouellette gives a first-person account of lessons learned during her career — including how building relationships, staying competitive and working hard can lead to success. (Click here to see the article.)

“Michelle represents what can be accomplished by women, or anyone, who work hard and are passionate about what they do,” said BB&K Partner Danielle Sakai, who oversees recruiting. “She sets a fantastic example for the less experienced female attorneys in the firm, whom she supports and mentors.”

This is the Diversity Journal’s 13th year publishing this list, which includes women from a variety of industries and locations nationwide. “When we launched our inaugural Women Worth Watching issue, we knew we were doing something unique,” said Kathie Sandlin, the magazine’s editor in chief. “We may not have been the first to celebrate the accomplishments of women in business, but we knew by telling their stories, we could help propel the wave of high achievers that would certainly follow.”

BB&K has a strong commitment to diversity. In May 2014, The American Lawyer ranked BB&K No. 12 in attorney racial diversity out of more than 200 of the largest and highest-grossing law firms nationwide on their annual "Diversity Scorecard." In addition, BB&K was recognized in June 2014 by Law360 for being one of the top 25 U.S. law firms - out of 400 surveyed - that have the highest percentage of female partners. BB&K ranked No. 13 on Law360’s first ever "Ceiling Smashers" list, with women accounting for nearly a third of the firm’s partners.


Best Best & Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Indian Wells, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter.

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