Women in the Law

Which law firms were honored for placing women in leadership roles?

Forty-two law firms have received a “gold standard certification” for placing women in leadership roles.

Women in Law Empowerment Forum created the list to emphasize leadership roles by women equity partners, rather than law firm policies or practices, according to the group’s website. The 42 firms met at least four of six criteria measuring how law firms compensate women and give them power. The Careerist and Above the Law noted the findings.

Six firms met all six criteria. They are:


Fredrikson & Byron

Holland & Hart

Littler Mendelson

Reed Smith

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

To qualify for WILEF’s list, firms must have 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States. The six criteria are:

• Women account for at least 20 percent of equity partners or alternatively, 25 percent or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past 12 months.

• Women represent at least 10 percent of firm chairs and office managing partners.

• Women make up at least 20 percent of the firm’s primary governance committee.

• Woman represent 20 percent or more of the firm’s compensation committee.

• Women make up at least 25 percent of practice group leaders or department heads.

• Women represent at least 10 percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.

These 42 firms made the list:

Ballard Spahr


Crowell & Moring

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Davis Wright Tremaine


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner


Fredrikson & Byron

Frost Brown Todd

Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright)


Goodwin Procter

Haynes and Boone

Holland & Hart

Holland & Knight

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Jackson Lewis

Jenner & Block

K&L Gates

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Latham & Watkins

Leonard, Street and Deinard

Littler Mendelson

Locke Lord

Manatt Phelps & Phillips

McCarter & English

Morrison & Foerster

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Paul Hastings

Perkins Coie

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Quarles & Brady

Reed Smith

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Stinson Morrison Hecker

Stoel Rives

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Thompson Hine

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