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.
Law360 surveyed 308 U.S. firms and vereins with a U.S. component about their overall and female head count numbers as of Dec. 31, 2014. The results show virtually no growth for female representation at any attorney level, with gender equality no closer than a year ago.
Intellectual property law firms are struggling to increase gender diversity, a failure practitioners and law firm leaders say is a result of too few female lawyers with backgrounds in the fields that IP attorneys need, such as engineering and computer science.
Labor and employment boutiques have been gaining an edge with clients over full-service rivals, in part, by playing up higher-than-average numbers of female attorneys in their ranks, a tactic which has allowed them to grow their market share.
For the first time ever, 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.
U.S. law firms are not hiring or promoting more female attorneys than they were a year ago, a failure that everyone from in-house attorneys to BigLaw bosses says can only change when the industry confronts its deep-rooted unconscious bias about women in law.
While women continue to be vastly underrepresented at the partner level in the U.S. legal industry, 25 firms have made significant strides toward gender equality at their highest ranks, earning the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.
Women continue to be dramatically underrepresented at every attorney level in the U.S. legal industry, and firms made negligible progress toward gender equality in 2014, according to a Law360 head count survey of more than 300 U.S. firms.
Employment law firms are doing far better than their BigLaw brethren at promoting and retaining female talent, reflecting a professional knack for supportive workplace policies, a client-driven focus on equality and a cultural history of inclusion that dates back decades.
U.S. law firms continue to make it hard for women to advance, but experts say the legal industry could look to an unlikely source for inspiration — corporate America.