60 Best Law Firms for Women 2018
For the 11th year, Working Mother is honoring law firms making efforts to hire and promote more women lawyers. These firms increasingly offer extended parental-leave benefits, and encourage more lawyers to work remotely and use flexible hours.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Washington, DC Co-managing Partners Michael Daneker and Anne Davis Women’s Initiative Leader
• Fifty percent of attorneys promoted to partner were women, a 12 percent increase over the previous year.
• Small-group discussions on topical issues were started, such as “Sexual Harassment in a Post-Weinstein Workplace.”
Baker & Hostetler Cleveland, OH Chairman R. Steven Kestner
Chair, Women’s Committee
• New Parent Outreach pairs female attorneys with a partner or a “power” mentor, as well as a peer mentor to help before, during and after maternity leave.
• An individual coaching program assists women senior associates and junior partners in developing skills to help advance to equity partner.
Baker McKenzie Chicago, IL North America Managing Partner Colin Murray Managing Partner, Chicago
Office Regine Corrado
• The global flexible working policy (bAgile) supports increased access to a wide range of working arrangements, irrespective of role, and for any reason.
• Women were more than 40 percent of those promoted to partner in 2017—a record.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Memphis, TN Chairman and CEO Ben Adams Chair of Women’s Initiative
• The Parental Leave Policy allows new parents to design their own work schedules and transition back to full-time work.
• Women represented 25 percent of the equity shareholders who received share increases in 2017.
Barnes & Thornburg Indianapolis, IN
Managing Partner Bob Grand Partners Heather Willey and Denise Lazar
• Twenty-seven percent of the new class of equity partners were women.
• In 2017, the firm created an executive-level position to lead its diversity and inclusion efforts, naming a black female equity partner to fill the role.
Chapman and Cutler Chicago, IL Chief Executive Partner Timothy Mohan
Women’s Affinity Group Chair Rebecca Wallenfelsz
• A formal sponsorship program was rolled out, identifying junior women and ethnically diverse attorneys and pairing them with senior members of the firm.
• In 2017, the firm began offering to ship home breast milk for free for attorneys who travel for work.
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete Atlanta, GA Chair of the Executive Committee Neil Wasser
Chairs, Women’s Network
Kristine Sims and
Mary Dohner Smith
• The Women’s Network hosts a Women’s Business Circle conference for its women attorneys, women clients and potential clients.
• Thirty percent of equity partners and 49 percent of attorneys are women.
Cooley Palo Alto, CA CEO Joe Conroy
Partners Shira Nadich Levin and Kay Chandler
• In 2017, 100 percent of reduced-work requests were approved.
• The management committee is comprised of 40 percent women. Additionally, women chair key firm committees, including compensation and partnership nominating.
Crowell & Moring Washington, DC Chairman Philip Inglima
Co-chairs Women’s Initiative
Associate Alexis DeBernardis Counsel Arlen Pyenson Partner Rebecca Ricigliano
• A Balanced Hours employee-resource group provides guidance on mentoring and development of attorneys with reduced hours.
• Women with potential to become equity partners receive one-on-one sponsorship.