DLA Piper again named among the best law firms for women
For the fourth consecutive year, Working Mother magazine has named DLA Piper as one of the 50 best law firms for women, recognizing the firm’s steady commitment and progress toward greater workplace equality. This is in addition to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) giving the firm Gold Standard Certification for the fourth consecutive year.
DLA Piper is an industry leader and innovator in the field of alternative work solutions and offers a flexible and customizable work program that supports all of its lawyers equally. The firm’s Flexible Work Solutions (FWS) program is integral to attracting, retaining and promoting talented female lawyers. Endorsed by firm leadership, its accessibility to all lawyers, regardless of gender, encourages a culture that is open and accepting of flexible work for all.
Since Working Mother recognized the firm in 2014, DLA Piper has extended FWS to increase flexible options for its lawyers. The firm formalized full-time flexible work and added a ramp-up period for lawyers returning from a leave of absence. All lawyers now have the option to return from a prolonged leave gradually, allowing for a more manageable transition to full-time work.
In addition to the Working Mother accolade, DLA Piper received in June its fourth consecutive Gold Standard Certification from the WILEF. WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification certifies and broadly celebrates and publicizes eligible law firms that have integrated women into the highest leadership positions in their firms. It is the only certification program of its kind.
Firms that qualify for certification have 200 or more practicing lawyers in the US, and women comprise a significant percentage of leadership positions. WILEF requires that firms satisfy at least four of six specific criteria. DLA Piper successfully met the required criteria in five areas: women represent more than 25 percent of the firm’s partners promoted in the last year, at least 10 percent of its chairs and managing partners, at least 20 percent of its governing Executive and Compensation committees, and more than ten percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.
“DLA Piper recognizes that the pressures of the legal profession are felt by men and women equally,” said Genhi Givings Bailey, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “When women and men at all levels of the firm access Flexible Work Solutions, they send a palpable message about the sincerity of DLA Piper’s commitment to providing an attractive workplace for talented lawyers that might otherwise leave the profession. The continued recognition from Working Mother and WILEF is gratifying affirmation that our effort to promote our lawyers’ success is resonating in the marketplace.”
The full list of the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women is posted here with highlights on representation of women and women of color in key leadership roles, and usage and promotion rates for reduced hour lawyers, among other key data points.