Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.
While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.
U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.
A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.
In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.
Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.
As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.
Three environmental organizations, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and a Consolidated Edison Development Inc. unit on Friday said a 247-megawatt solar project in central California has been abandoned over endangered species concerns in favor of a smaller facility in a different location.
A California federal judge on Friday approved $125 million in fees and costs for attorneys who represented owners of Volkswagen AG’s pricier 3.0-liter engine vehicles with emissions-cheating devices, according to an order that noted the fees wouldn’t pull from the class recovery funds.
Lawsuits recently filed in California accusing fossil fuel companies of knowingly causing climate change-related damages signal a new wave of state-court climate tort litigation as the Trump administration pulls back from climate regulation, experts say, though they add that pursuing those suits will be a tall order.
Volkswagen AG will pay another $154 million to California over the company’s use of devices to cheat environmental standards, bringing total payments over the emissions scandal to the Golden State to nearly $687 million, according to a consent decree approved Friday.
Drivers in multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging that certain diesel engines in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vehicles were equipped with hidden software to pass emissions testing are seeking a buyback program for the affected cars, as well as monetary damages.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday easily passed a sprawling $38.4 billion energy and water development funding bill that includes, among other things, financing for programs under which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and tribes would collaborate on water resource projects and consolidated nuclear waste storage facilities would be built.
Chemical giants Monsanto Company and BASF Corp. have manufactured a defective herbicide that has damaged soybeans and other crops not genetically modified to withstand it, forcing the state to ban the herbicide and causing farmers substantial harm, according to a proposed class action filed Thursday in Arkansas state court.
Green groups and the nation’s largest industrial union told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is improperly twisting the Clean Air Act to justify a 20-month delay of an Obama-era chemical risk management rule.
Solo Cup Co., Dart Container Corp. and other food container makers have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up defunct polystyrene recycling company Evergreen Partnering Group’s appeal of the First Circuit’s summary judgment ruling in its antitrust case against the companies, arguing that no court would have decided it differently.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to fork over more than $230,000 in civil penalties to resolve federal environmental violations it voluntarily admitted at dozens of its bank branches and other facilities across the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a notice published Friday in the Federal Register.
The federal government on Thursday urged a federal judge to throw out a complaint against it from an Arizona water district in an Ak-Chin Indian Community suit accusing the district of refusing to deliver all of the water to which the tribe is entitled to its reservation, saying that its sovereign immunity was never waived.
Following what they say has been a string of spills and incidents of drinking water contamination, several environmental groups are once again urging a Pennsylvania state judge to force Sunoco to pause drilling operations in connection with the construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline.
Audi AG will be recalling up to 850,000 diesel vehicles outside of the U.S. and Canada to fix emissions-related software, the company said Friday, adding that the decision was made in part to counteract possible driving bans tied to excessive diesel emissions.
Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.
It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.
The Trump administration's actions sometimes seem to favor fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. But federal energy procurement programs clearly continue to promote an integration of the two. The market for renewable energy at military and other government installations will likely continue to grow, say Taite McDonald and Stephen Bolotin of Holland & Knight LLP.
The recently blocked merger between EnergySolutions and Waste Control Specialists not only confirms that exclusive negotiation, or “no talk,” terms in transactions can thwart antitrust defenses like the “failing firm” defense, but also illustrates how parties may implement these terms without creating antitrust problems, says Danyll Foix of BakerHostetler.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program will expire if not reauthorized before Sept. 30, 2017, which would have immediate and long-term repercussions for property owners. There is a need to reauthorize the NFIP and improve it in order to align values of a national safety net and self-reliance on both a personal and local community level, says Michelle Rudd of Stoel Rives LLP.
The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments is not surprising, and it is undoubtedly correct. But it is disappointing that the majority’s opinion lacks significant practical or legal guidance for conducting compliant greenhouse gas analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act, says Arthur Coon of Miller Starr Regalia.
In May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a conference focused on the interplay between state policy goals and the organized energy markets in the eastern U.S. The subsequent comments from more than 70 interested parties reflect a basic lack of consensus among industry participants on the best approach going forward, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.
In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?
Recently, a vibrant market has developed for secondary sales of tax equity partnerships that own wind farms in the U.S. However, sellers and purchasers of such membership interests should consider several important points in connection with any sale, say Jai Khanna and Maher Haddad of Baker McKenzie and Paul Vercruyssen, assistant deputy general counsel at Hannon Armstrong.
Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.