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.
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.
In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.
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.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank AG have agreed to pay a combined $148 million to escape two investor suits alleging they rigged the Libor benchmark rate, according to a proposed deal Friday, asking for early approval despite both banks having technically been dismissed from one of the cases.
A former racetrack and casino shareholder has launched the opening salvo in a U.S. Supreme Court dispute over whether bankruptcy safe-harbor transfers to financial institutions include those where the institutions didn’t directly benefit, arguing that Congress intended to keep these transactions shielded from clawback.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has slashed its rule-making priorities for the coming year, according to a regulatory agenda posted Thursday, joining other regulators in pushing off proposals on executive compensation and dropping a host of other Dodd-Frank mandated rules.
Federal prosecutors told a New York federal judge on Friday that they want to dismiss fraud and conspiracy charges against two European former derivatives traders at JPMorgan Chase & Co. involved in the $6 billion “London Whale” debacle, because they can’t extradite the defendants and can’t rely on their star witness.
U.S. regulators said Friday they would not enforce parts of the Volcker Rule on foreign banks as part of a review of treatment of foreign funds that should be exempt from the Dodd-Frank Act regulation.
A Texas federal judge on Friday questioned whether he can decide if investors who bought shares in bankrupt biotech firm Palmaz Inc. should be considered “indirect customers” of investment firm Jefferies LLC before determining whether the matter should be arbitrated.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday preliminarily ordered Wells Fargo & Co. to reinstate and pay a former Pomona, California, branch manager $577,500 in back wages, damages and other fees, after the bank terminated her allegedly for reporting private bankers were engaging in bank, wire and mail fraud.
Several financial and insurance industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to rule against the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers, saying the rule’s definition of a fiduciary “defies centuries of precedent.”
A Colorado federal judge tossed a proposed class action brought by financial institutions over a Noodles & Co. data breach, ruling Friday that the credit unions’ negligence claims failed as they had not shown that the fast-casual chain had contractual obligations toward them.
In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Ontario’s partially privatized electricity provider agrees to buy U.S.-based Avista Corp. in a $5.3 billion deal, U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser inks a $4.2 billion sale of its food business to McCormick, and water-service provider Select Energy Services enters into a stock-for-stock merger deal with Rockwater Energy Solutions.
An investment adviser seeking to overturn a lifetime industry ban imposed by a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judge on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the use of those judges violated the Constitution’s appointments clause.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday said it intends to move forward with rules for the payday loan and debt collection markets even as rumors swirl about the future of the bureau’s director and Republicans look to nullify a recently released major regulation.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused Friday to review a patent for a communications system used by financial traders, finding the patent was not eligible for the America Invents Act's covered business method review program because it was not related to a financial activity.
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 CoinDash initial coin offering was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions about the security and legitimacy of ICOs and of the blockchain more generally, says Stuart Levi, co-head of the intellectual property and technology group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
In his first public speech as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, Jay Clayton pretty explicitly told us where we’re going to see changes, say Thomas Zaccaro and Nicolas Morgan, former SEC trial counsel now with Paul Hastings LLP.
The Second Circuit's Allen decision Wednesday tilts the scales toward subjects and targets in multinational investigations. U.S. prosecutors could be forced to get involved in international investigations earlier than they might like, say Gregory O’Connell and Peter Sluka of De Feis O’Connell & Rose PC.
Recently, I joined a “fireside chat” with Thomas Pahl, acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. He discussed the FTC’s consumer protection priorities and its initiative to reform the agency’s investigative process, says Lucy Morris of Hudson Cook LLC.
As we all anxiously await a decision in the appeal from the Federal Communications Commission's “any reasonable method” ruling, several courts have found other ways to limit this particular species of Telephone Consumer Protection Act abuse. The most recent and notable is the Second Circuit's decision last month in Reyes v. Lincoln, say Michael Daly and Daniel Brewer of Drinker Biddle & Reath 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, 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.
Beginning with the 2013 charges against Jesse Litvak for misrepresentations to counterparties in the market for residential mortgage-backed securities, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has aggressively pursued similar cases against bond traders. Michael Osnato Jr. and Meaghan Kelly of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP survey the impact of the Litvak line of cases and offer insights into where the SEC will next deploy its an... (continued)