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.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Sc­holer Wash­ing­ton, DC Co-man­ag­ing Part­ners Michael Daneker and Anne Davis Women’s Ini­tia­tive Leader

Anne Davis

• 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

Emily Crosby

• 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

Christy Crider

• 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.

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