Working Mother revealed its 13th “Best Law Firms for Women” list today, recognizing firms that utilize best practices in finding, retaining, promoting, and developing women lawyers.
“Law firms on this year’s list were better prepared to respond to the effects of the pandemic because of their continued support of flextime and remote work for working parents and caregivers,” said Subha V. Barry, president of Working Mother Media. “We are proud to recognize their resilience and steadfast commitment to supporting gender equality.”
The full list, available here, highlights 60 law firms that averaged 23 percent women among equity partners, compared with only 20 percent five years ago. Multicultural women make up 14 percent of equity partners (up from 11 percent five years ago).
A few key parental-leave, work-life and career-advancement initiatives taking place at firms featured on the list:
- All firms on the list offer formal mentoring, and 50 percent of mentees are women.
- Two-third of the firms on the list have formal sponsorship, with 62 percent of participants female.
- The number of women lawyers promoted to equity partner has increased by almost 25 percent in the past five years.
- Pre-COVID-19, all these firms offered reduced hours and remote work for lawyers. Thirty-nine percent of female lawyers used remote work in 2019.
- Thirty-six percent of the firms offer gender-neutral parental leave, along with extra leave for women who give birth in 2020. Firms offering gender-neutral parental leave is up from 24 percent last year.
About the Methodology
The 2020 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women application, administered by the Working Mother Research Institute, includes more than 300 questions about attorney demographics at different levels, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves, and development and retention of women.
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