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The 50 Best Law Firms for Women

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Summary: Find out which law firms offer the best balance between work and life for women.
 
The 50 Best Law Firms for Women
 
  • Diversity has become an increasingly large part of law and law firms.
  • Female attorneys have begun to benefit through law firms that offer more of a life-friendly balance.
  • These firms also take into account that some women attorneys want to start families.
  • This reveals that the evolution of law is real and happening for everyone in the legal industry.

While law schools and law firms strive to be more diverse in an overall effort to equal the practice of law for all genders and ethnic backgrounds, there remains much to be done toward leveling out playing field of law.

Recently, Working Mother, a leading website that highlights and offers support to women in the professional workplace, provided this year’s list of the 50 best law firms that in the words of the Working Mother website that recognized, “U.S. law firms that create and use best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.”

As Working Mother explains, among this year's winning firms, women make up an average of 20 percent of all equity partners, and they hold over a quarter of the seats on both the executive and the finance committees.

The following profiles of the Best Law Firms for Women detail how well women are represented in the partnership of each firm and highlight benefits offered for parents.

The website explains that one key takeaway of this list were these firms lead the industry in offering generous parental leave benefits and support flexible work arrangements. All this, along with flexible hours, reduced hours and the option to work from home, would invariably make life far easier for moms and dads who seek to remain in the profession, despite having children.

Below is Working Mother’s list of the top 50 law firms for Women
 
Firm Name Location Equity Partners Nonequity Partners
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Washington, DC 20% N/A
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz National 18% 36%
Baker McKenzie National 21% 34%
Blank Rome National 9% 30%
Chapman and Cutler Chicago, IL 20% 37%
Cooley Chicago, IL 22% N/A
Crowell & Moring Washington, DC 20% 27%
Davis Wright Tremaine Seattle, WA 24% 25%
Dentons US National 18% 25%
DLA Piper National 20% N/A
Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis, MN 21% 31%
Drinker Biddle & Reath National 22% 20%
Faegre Baker Daniels National 20% 38%
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, DC 21% 34%
Fisher Phillips National 18% 36%
Foley & Lardner National 13% 24%
Fox Rothschild National 20% 31%
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz New York, NY 38% 33%
Fredrikson & Byron Minneapolis, MN 35% N/A
Goodwin National 17% 35%
Gray Plant Mooty Minneapolis, MN 29% N/A
Hanson Bridgett San Francisco, CA 37% 26%
Hogan Lovells Washington, DC 23% 27%
Holland & Hart Denver, CO 27% 47%
Hunton & Williams National 18% N/A
Husch Blackwell National 14% 27%
Ice Miller Indianapolis, IN 23% 31%
Katten Muchin Rosenman Chicago, IL 21% 26%
King & Spalding National 16% 29%
Kirkland & Ellis Chicago, IL 15% 28%
Latham & Watkins National 15% 42%
Lindquist & Vennum Minneapolis, MN 26% 38%
Littler Mendelson National 28% 56%
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Los Angeles, CA 20% 26%
McDermott Will & Emery National 20% 37%
McGuireWoods National 15% 23%
Morrison & Foerster San Francisco, CA 23% N/A
Norton Rose Fulbright Houston, TX 21% 16%
O'Melveny & Myers National 18% 40%
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe National 17% 23%
Perkins Coie Seattle, WA 18% 36%
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman New York, NY 18% 23%
Quarles & Brady Milwaukee, WI 21% 46%
Reed Smith National 21% 23%
Schiff Hardin Chicago, IL 24% 30%
Seyfarth Shaw Chicago, IL 18% 27%
Shook, Hardy & Bacon Kansas City, MO 23% 40%
Sidley Austin National 24% N/A
WilmerHale National 25% N/A
Winston & Strawn National 14% 32%
 
In Conclusion

These 50 law firms demonstrate a commitment to change within the BigLaw system that has been a long time coming. For women to know there are law firms that are accepting of real-life situations beyond law, give hope for not just the diversity that many inside and out of the legal practice system should come to expect, but that the legal practice system needs to survive the changing world around it.

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