Analysis

Blurry BigLaw Definition Of 'Partner' Fuels Gender Bias Suits

Law360 (February 8, 2018, 6:02 PM EST) -- BigLaw’s embrace in recent decades of a top-down management style and ever-looser definitions of what constitutes a true “partner” have emerged as key questions in a handful of pay and gender discrimination cases brought by female lawyers, and the answer could decide the scope of such suits and whether they end up in arbitration.

With plaintiffs’ arguments that so-called “income” or nonequity partners are more rightly seen as employees still percolating in the courts, industry watchers say suits targeting Winston & Strawn LLP, Proskauer Rose LLP and others challenge a fundamental reality of the modern large-firm business.

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