Out of 329 U.S. law firms surveyed for both our Diversity Snapshot and Glass Ceiling Report, 18 have above-average racial and gender diversity throughout their ranks. These are the firms — including two of the country’s largest — that rise above the rest when it comes to overall diversity.
Law360 surveyed more than 300 U.S. firms and vereins with a U.S. component about their overall and female headcount numbers as of Dec. 31, 2016. For the fourth year in a row, the results show only incremental growth for female representation at any attorney level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law360 surveyed 338 U.S. firms and vereins with a U.S. component about their overall and female headcount numbers as of Dec. 31, 2015. For the third year in a row, the results show virtually no growth for female representation at any attorney level.
With immigration firms Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP and Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP nabbing the second and third spots on our list of the top places for female attorneys, Law360 takes a look at how these two firms are setting up their female lawyers for success.
It’s the rare law firm that has been able to achieve true gender parity, or anything close to it, particularly in its equity partnership ranks. But the few firms that have done it are reaping the rewards of leadership diversity, attracting valuable lateral talent and clients and boosting their bottom lines.
Wall Street firms are notorious for keeping their partner ranks trim, but climbing to that top rung remains even more challenging for women, with less than 4 percent of female attorneys at those firms defying the odds to make the cut, a Law360 study found.
Employment firms over the past year continued to outpace their general practice rivals in blazing a trail of gender diversity, boasting a greater percentage of female attorneys and partners than their peers, according to data compiled by Law360.
Only 18 women are among the roughly 150 people at the highest levels of leadership at the 100 largest U.S.-based law firms. Here, Law360 talks to the three female attorneys who ascended to the head of BigLaw in the past 12 months.
Intellectual property firms continue to struggle with gender diversity due to a lack of women in the science and engineering fields and other deeply rooted problems, but a few boutiques surveyed by Law360 stood out as encouraging bright spots.
BigLaw continues to struggle with gender equality, but 10 powerhouse firms outpaced their peers, with women comprising nearly 40 percent of their ranks, according to Law360's Glass Ceiling report.
While the typical law firm's partnership ranks are still dominated by men, 25 firms have made strides towards greater gender equality in their partnerships, earning them spots on Law360's list of Ceiling Smashers.
For the third straight year, law firms have made negligible progress toward gender equality, according to a review of Law360's annual headcount surveys of more than 300 firms over the past few years.
Law firms continue to fall short when it comes to retaining and promoting female attorneys, according to Law360's 2016 Glass Ceiling Report. Here are the BigLaw practices that keep women from getting ahead.
For the second year, Law360 has ranked the 100 best U.S. law firms for women, based on the firm's female representation at the partner and nonpartner levels and its total number of female attorneys.
While small and MegaLaw firms might seem like complete opposites, they both operate under the same rigid hierarchical structure that is keeping female attorneys from advancing and driving many out of the profession, experts say.
Female attorneys at firms with just one level of partnership are attaining equity partnership at a higher rate than their counterparts at two-tier law firms, according to Law360's Glass Ceiling Report.
Just 12 of the largest 100 U.S. law firms have a woman in their highest leadership position, and after a strong 2014 only one woman has joined the leadership ranks so far this year, according to Law360 data.
In the wake of an ex-Faruqi & Faruqi associate’s high-profile sexual assault and hostile workplace trial, female associates from at least two other law firms have filed suits alleging rampant sexism, and experts say the cases show that more women attorneys are ready to sue over sexual harassment.