Fox Rothschild LLP Named Among Best Law Firms for Women by National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time LawyersSeptember 21, 2011 – Press Releases
Fox Rothschild LLP has been named among the 2011 National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women.
This is the third year the firm has received this honor, which acknowledges today’s legal leaders who are supporting female lawyers with work-life balance and women-friendly policies and offering new standards that retain and promote top female legal talent in a male-driven field.
“Our research team has seen an increase in the number of female partners working at the Best Law Firms within the past five years, with women as 19 percent of equity partners, compared to the national average of 15 percent,” said Dr. Betty Spence, President of NAFE. “We applaud how the 2011 Best Law Firms for Women are making it possible for women to succeed by offering programs and policies that support their needs.”
The 2011 NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women are continuing to redefine the standards of success, with written reduced hour policies at 100 percent of the winning firms and 78 percent that are offering full-time telecommuting. Now in its fourth year, the Best Law Firms for Women have increased support for programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring.
“Fox Rothschild is honored to again be acknowledged as a Best Law Firm for Women,” said Mark L. Silow, firmwide managing partner of Fox Rothschild. “We are deeply vested in the success of women in the legal progression and have long maintained a steadfast commitment to a diverse workforce. Receiving this recognition for the third time is a testament to the comprehensive firm-wide Women’s Initiative program we have in place to not only retain but also promote our women attorneys into leadership roles throughout the firm, within the legal profession and in the business communities where we live and practice.”
Fox Rothschild and the 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work/life and women-friendly policies will be featured in the fall 2011 issue of NAFE magazine and are profiled at www.nafe.com , www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. Winning firms will be honored in New York on September 21. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation.
Of the more than 500 attorneys at Fox Rothschild, the firm maintains a high percentage of female associates, special counsel, equity and non-equity partners as well as new lawyer hires. Fox Rothschild has also implemented policies and programs to respond to the needs of women attorneys at both the partner and associate level. For example, the firm has a generous maternity and adoption leave policy, a formal policy that encourages alternative and reduced work schedules, a formal mentoring program for all junior associates and assigned peer advisers for all lateral hires to assist with assimilation at the firm. The firm also has a number of women attorneys in leadership positions both within practice groups and firm committees as well as a firm-wide Women’s Initiative, which provides a network of resources for the exchange of ideas, mentoring opportunities and leadership and marketing development.
“To be honored for a third time as a Best Law Firm for Women is particularly meaningful to us,” said Jean A. Durling, Chief Talent Officer at Fox Rothschild. “We have long recognized that women in the legal profession face a unique set of issues and challenges and set about to create and sustain policies that promote flexibility to enable our attorneys to spend time with their families while nurturing their careers. Building upon those practices as the firm and legal profession continue to evolve has been part of our strategy in connection with firm growth and attorney professional development.”
“The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women are encouraging the retention and promotion of women, in addition to creating conducive work environments for all lawyers to thrive,” said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President of Flex-Time Lawyers. “By offering leadership and business development opportunities for women, along with generous flexibility, parental leave and child care programs, these firms are better poised to retain and promote the brightest legal minds, with the goal of reaching parity for women in the profession.”
The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. 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. Completed applications were collected online from November 12, 2010, to January 21, 2011. All data for the 2011 survey was collected from the full year of 2010. The 50 winning firms were selected based on their responses to an application measuring areas such as workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women.
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About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com (www.workingmother.com ) gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions and ideas. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Working Mother’s signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the ninth year of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (www.bonnier.com ), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE, www.nafe.com ), Diversity Best Practices (www.diversitybestpractices.com ) and the Working Mother Research Institute. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.
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About Flex-Time Lawyers LLC
Flex-Time Lawyers LLC® is a national consulting firm advising the legal profession on workplace restructure, talent management, work/life balance and the retention and promotion of lawyers, with a focus on women. It hosts a membership organization with quarterly chapter meetings for legal employers and lawyers, offering networking opportunities, employer advice, 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 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, The National Law Journal and numerous others. For more information, please visit www.flextimelawyers.com.