Aspiring to Enhance Gender Diversity in Law
Alexandra Metzl earns GenXYZ 2018 title, as shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
ALEXANDRA METZL, 34
SHAREHOLDER, BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER SCHRECK, DENVER
In five years at Brownstein, Metzl has worked to change the face of the law firm. In 2014, Metzl conceived and co-founded the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) to develop the firm’s female attorneys and policy professionals into leaders in their respective practice groups, the firm, the communities where they live and the larger legal and lobbying professions. Last year, she launched the Gender Diversity Task Force, a small working group of senior attorneys and firm management to identify ways to enhance gender diversity at all levels and firm offices. The result was a commitment to achieve Mansfield Rule Certification by June 2018, requiring the firm to affirmatively consider women and attorneys of color — at least 30 percent of the candidate pool — for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions and lateral positions.
A specialist in middle market M&A and private equity transactions, with a current emphasis on the consumer products industry, Metzl became a firm shareholder in January 2016. In 2016, she was named co-chair of the firm’s Summer Associate Committee as a result of her ongoing commitment to mentoring law students and junior associates. Since 2006, Metzl has served as a board member of the International Breast Milk Project, which provides donor breast milk to infant HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa and other disaster-stricken countries around the world.