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Press Releases - Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers Name the 2009 Best Law Firms for Women
The Verdict Is In
By: Julia Monti 

Economic Turmoil Forces Law Firm Changes – for the Better?
New York, NY (August 11, 2009)—The recession’s silver lining? As the nation’s law firms battle to survive the recession, work-life balance may become the ultimate recruiting and retention tool. Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, which today announce the Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women, applaud the winning law firms for their continued attention to work-life and women’s issues and urge increased use of flex-time, reduced-hour and other family-friendly policies to ensure the future success of the profession.

The 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work/life and women-friendly policies are highlighted in the August/September issue of Working Mother and at www.workingmother.com and http://www.flextimelawyers.com/best.asp.

“The recession has created a shift in the legal industry and now is the time to push through mutuallybeneficial,
cost-effective reforms that directly benefit work-life balance and allow working moms to
succeed both at home and in the court room,” said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media.
“We salute the 2009 Best Law Firms for recognizing that making the legal profession work for women
is good business for everyone.”

The Best Law Firms for Women are leading the charge for change. For example, these 50 winning
firms employ more lawyers who work reduced hours (8 percent versus 5 percent nationwide). These
winning firms also employ more female equity partners who share in their firms’ profits (20 percent
versus 16 percent nationwide).

“We are proud of our 2009 Best Law Firms for Women because they understand that when the market
improves, the war for talent will return and they will be better positioned to recruit and retain the best
and brightest,” said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers. “Big salaries
and bonuses will no longer be the pivotal means for firms to draw the best talent, and culture and
environment will become more important ways for firms to distinguish themselves.”

The 2009 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women Firm; Location – Number of Lawyers in the Firm

Alston & Bird; Atlanta, Ga. – 933
Andrews Kurth; Houston, Texas – 425
Arent Fox; Washington, D.C. – 340
Bass, Berry & Sims; Nashville, Tenn. – 254
Chapman and Cutler; Chicago, Ill. – 225
Covington & Burling; Washington, D.C. – 771
Davis Polk & Wardwell; New York, N.Y. – 680
Debevoise & Plimpton; New York, N.Y. – 570
Dorsey & Whitney; Minneapolis, Minn. – 623
Drinker Biddle & Reath; Philadelphia, Pa. – 687
Foley Hoag; Boston, MA – 250
Folger Levin & Kahn; San Francisco, Calif. – 61
Fox Rothschild; Philadelphia, Pa. – 466
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz; New York, N.Y. – 57
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; New York, N.Y. – 539
Frost Brown Todd; Cincinnati, Ohio – 376
Gibbons P.C.; Newark, N.J. – 230
Goodwin Procter; Boston, Mass. – 941
Gray Plant Mooty Law Firm; Minneapolis, Minn. – 165
Hanson Bridgett; San Francisco, Calif. – 162
Holland & Hart; Denver, Colo. – 441
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn; Detroit, Mich. – 239
Ice Miller; Indianapolis, Ind. – 260
Jenner & Block; Chicago, Ill. – 484
Katten Muchin Rosenman; Chicago, Ill. – 653
Latham & Watkins; Global. – 1,714
Lindquist & Vennum; Minneapolis, Minn. – 187
Littler Mendelson; San Francisco, Calif. – 722
Lowenstein Sandler; Roseland, N.J. – 276
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Los Angeles, Calif. – 389
McGuireWoods; Richmond, Va. – 854
Miller & Chevalier Chartered; Washington, D.C. – 96
Morrison & Foerster; New York, N.Y. – 976
Munger, Tolles & Olson; Los Angeles, Calif. – 219
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg; Chicago, Ill. – 199 
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; New York, N.Y. – 815
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, N.Y. – 530
Perkins Coie; Chicago, Ill. – 720
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; San Francisco, Calif. – 929
Quarles & Brady; Phoenix, Ariz. – 499
Shook, Hardy & Bacon; Kansas City, Mo. – 511
Sidley Austin; Chicago, Ill. – 1,598
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; New York, N.Y. – 821
Smith Moore Leatherwood; Greenville, S.C. – 181
Steptoe & Johnson; Washington, D.C. – 465
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox; Washington, D.C. – 99
Vinson & Elkins; Houston, Texas – 704
Weil, Gotshal & Manges; New York, N.Y. – 1,394
WilmerHale; Boston, Mass. – 1,085
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; New York, N.Y. – 670


Profiles of the 2009 Best Law Firms for Women are featured in the August/September issue of
Working Mother and at www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. Winning firms will
be honored at a luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York on September 15.

Methodology: The 2009 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. Firms with at least 50 lawyers were eligible to apply and the application included detailed questions about the issues that are most important to the retention and promotion of female lawyers. The 50 winning firms were selected based on their workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women, among other criteria utilizing 2008 data.

Contact:
For Working Mother Media:
Julia Monti, The Rosen Group
646.695.7044 or julia@rosengrouppr.com

For Flex-Time Lawyers:
Deborah Epstein Henry, Esq., Founder & President
610.304.1693 or dehenry@flextimelawyers.com


About Working Mother Media
Celebrating 30 years, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for
career-committed mothers while workingmother.com brings to the Web a broad range of insight and solutions
served to working mothers every day. Working Mother’s 24-year signature research initiative, Working Mother
100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. With
offices in New York and Washington, D.C., Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp., includes the
National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, and the
Multicultural Women’s Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media’s mission is to champion cultural
change.

About Flex-Time Lawyers LLC
Flex-Time Lawyers LLC® is a national consulting firm advising the legal profession on work/life balance, law
firm restructure, and the retention and promotion of women. It hosts a membership organization with chapters
in New York and Philadelphia, offering networking opportunities, support, career guidance, education and
information sharing to effect change. Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is a resource to the press and legal community at
large on work/life balance and women's issues and also provides recruiting services. It has been covered
extensively in the national and legal press, including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, National Public Radio, National Law Journal, and numerous others. For more information, please visit www.flextimelawyers.com.
 

 
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