Family Friendly Employers

Category: Gender

Best Law Firms for Women (2009)

Sponsor: Working Mother

“These are turbulent times for law firms. The economy is still reeling, several prestigious firms have collapsed, and layoffs have been rampant. No doubt about it, this sector is feeling the recession. But for working-mom lawyers, who’ve long sought more flexibility, this may be just the moment they’ve been waiting for. Our 50 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women are leading the charge for change, using the power of flex both to cut costs and retain lawyers. Already, our winning firms have more lawyers working reduced hours (8 percent versus 5 percent nationwide) and also employ more female equity partners, who share in their firm’s profits (20 percent versus 16 percent nationwide)—and that’s just for starters. We salute these firms for recognizing that making the legal profession work for women is good business for everyone.”

“The Best Law Firms for Women application was developed with Flex-Time Lawyers, a national consulting firm that advises law students, attorneys and legal employers on work/life balance, retaining and promoting women and law-firm restructure. The application includes questions about issues important to the retention and promotion of female lawyers. We selected the 50 winning firms based on their scored responses. Firms were evaluated on their workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, and their advancement and retention of women, among other factors. The Best Law Firms were selected based on 2008 data.”


Last Updated:
August 2009