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These BigLaw firms had the best record for promoting women to partner

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Three large law firms promoted only women to partnership in 2016. Five law firms promoted only men.

Overall, 36.7 percent of the lawyers promoted to partner last year were women, according to partnership announcements at America’s top 100 law firms. Bloomberg Big Law Business did the analysis.

The three firms with partnership classes made up of only women are Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Schulte Roth; and Pepper Hamilton. The five firms that promoted only men are Sullivan & Cromwell, Paul Weiss, Shearman & Sterling, Cahill, and Hughes Hubbard.

The article points out that the number of partnership promotions at these firms was small. The three firms promoted eight women in all, and the five firms promoted 19 lawyers.

Eighteen other firms had partnership classes with at least 50 percent women. They are: Paul Hastings (80 percent women), Ogletree Deakins (75 percent), Pillsbury (75 percent), Williams & Connolly (75 percent), Blank Rome (71.4 percent), Wachtell (66.7 percent), Faegre Baker (63.6 percent), Lewis Brisbois (63.6 percent), Nixon Peabody (63.6 percent), K&L Gates (54 percent), Haynes and Boone (53.85 percent), Orrick (52.6 percent), Dorsey (50 percent), Locke Lord (50 percent), Mintz Levin (50 percent), O’Melveny (50 percent), Perkins Coie (50 percent), and Steptoe (50 percent).

The breakdown for each law firm is here.

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