NEW YORK (July 28, 2015) – Morrison & Foerster once again has been recognized as one of the best U.S. law firms for women to work, in an annual survey conducted by Working Mother magazine in partnership with Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. This is the seventh year that MoFo has been named to the Best Law Firms for Women list since Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers began the surveys in 2007.
The Best Law Firms for Women 2015 recognizes U.S. law firms that create and use best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers. Working Mother magazine, the only national magazine for career-committed mothers, and Flex-Time Lawyers, an international consulting firm that provides advisory and training services on workplace issues, noted that the winning law firms are recognized for their family friendly policies and career and business development initiatives that are helping to retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline.
The Best Law Firms for Women employ more female equity partners (20 percent) in 2015 than the national average (17 percent). Among the 2015 Best Law Firms for Women, 16 percent have at least three women among their top 10 rainmakers, up from 11 percent last year. Women also hold 27 percent of equity partner promotion committee seats – the highest representation in the past five years.
Morrison & Foerster is well known for supporting its women lawyers. The firm’s Women's Strategy Committee focuses on the promotion and retention of women attorneys, and its successes have been recognized by outside organizations.
“We are committed to advancing the careers of women lawyers and we are honored that Working Mother magazine continues to recognize MoFo on this prestigious list,” said Morrison & Foerster firmwide managing partner Anna Erickson White. “Our firm, particularly our Women’s Strategy Committee, has done an incredible job of finding ways to enhance the career path of our female attorneys, particularly those who are balancing the demands of family, and ensuring our women thrive in leadership roles.”
In addition to Ms. White, other women at the firm who hold leadership posts include: Rebekah Kaufman, co-chair of the firm’s Global Litigation Department; Pamela Reed, vice chair of the Corporate and Finance Departments; Rachel Krevans, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group; and Miriam Wugmeister, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Privacy and Data Security Group. Additionally, 13 other women hold senior leadership roles among the firm’s practice groups.
Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, says, “The 50 Best Law Firms for Women are setting and pushing forward the standard when it comes to retaining women – and advancing them to the very top, equity partnership. These firms are also committed to creating best practices that support working parents.”
Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, adds, “Law firms that focus exclusively on flexible and reduced hour policies to retain women or solely on getting women in power seats are missing the mark. We see our Best Law Firms for Women who are having the most success to be the ones that understand the value of focusing on both retention and promotion simultaneously. They are cultivating female talent to facilitate that they get the good work, the skills and the flexibility they may need. Yet they are also investing in women with business development and leadership opportunities to ensure they have a strong presence and voice in the equity partner ranks, the governing committees and in running the law firm as a business.”
The methodology of the Best Law Firms for Women survey is based on law firms’ submission of applications that contain more than 300 questions about workforce representation; time off and leaves; child care; flexibility; leadership, compensation, and advancement of women; and development and retention of women. Female presence, roles, policies, programs, and usage rates are also surveyed. The researchers use a scoring algorithm based on the previous year’s benchmark results, which then determines the winners. Law firms are eligible to apply if they have 50 or more U.S. lawyers.