These 50 law firms have been named best for women

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By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Fifty law firms have been named the best for women because of family-friendly policies and initiatives that help female lawyers advance.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers announced the list on Tuesday in a press release (PDF). The findings of this year’s 50 Best Law Firms for Women survey of the top firms are available here (PDF). The initiative has been conducting similar surveys since 2007; the 2014 survey evaluated firms based on their responses to more than 300 questions.

At the best law firms:

• Twenty percent of their lawyers use full-time, flextime arrangements, up from 15 percent last year.

• Forty percent have two or more women among their top 10 rainmakers, up from 32 percent last year. (Only 45 of the top 50 firms answered the rainmaking question.)

• Nineteen percent of equity partners are women, compared to the national average of 17 percent.

• The percentage of seats on committees filled by women is 24 percent on the executive committee, 25 percent on the compensation committee, and 26 percent on the equity partner promotion committee. All three numbers are two percentage points higher than last year.

A related article (PDF) in the package by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers says women lawyers don’t need to follow the “unwritten rules” to succeed. Some of the unwritten rules which can be broken are:

• “Stick to the schedule.” One lawyer tells how she made a partner while pregnant.

• “Wait your turn.” Instead of patiently waiting for a promotion, look for ways to promote yourself.

• “Always be networking.” This can be time-consuming; other business development tools may work just as well.

The firms that made a list are:

Baker & McKenzie

Chapman and Cutler


Crowell & Moring

Davis Wright Tremaine

Debevoise & Plimpton

DLA Piper

Dorsey & Whitney

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Duane Morris

Faegre Baker Daniels

Farella Braun + Martel

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Foley & Lardner

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Fredrikson & Byron


Godfrey & Kahn

Goodwin Procter

Hanson Bridgett

Hogan Lovells US

Holland & Hart

Hunton & Williams

Ice Miller

Jenner & Block

Katten Muchin Rosenman

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lindquist & Vennum


Lowenstein Sandler

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

McDermott Will & Emery


Morrison & Foerster

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Norton Rose Fulbright

O’Melveny & Myers

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Perkins Coie

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Quarles & Brady

Reed Smith

Schiff Hardin

Seyfarth Shaw

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Sidley Austin

Thompson & Knight


Updated at 11:37 a.m. to correct omissions from the list and add more info about the survey methodology.

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