Arent Fox LLP Named a 2008 Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers
WASHINGTON, DC — AUGUST 12, 2008 — Arent Fox LLP has been named as one of the 2008 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother magazine, the authoritative source for career mothers, and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a national consulting firm advising attorneys and legal employers on work/life balance. Arent Fox was recognized as one of only 50 law firms in the nation that have, according to Working Mother and Flex-Times Lawyers, “redefined the standards of success by creating a workplace that encourages the retention and advancement of women.”
“Arent Fox is proud to be recognized as one of the best places to work for women and working mothers,” said the firm chairman Marc Fleischaker. “One of our firm’s core strengths has been our longstanding commitment to women. In early 2007 Arent Fox formalized that commitment by launching the Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, which works to facilitate mentoring and training programs that contribute to the retention of our women lawyers and ensure that women serve on firmwide committees, with the ultimate goal of advancing even more of them into leadership roles.”
Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media, congratulated Arent Fox on its innovative approaches that help the firm’s attorneys balance the demands of their careers and family lives. “Today nearly half of law school graduates are women. Law firms need to make a fundamental shift in their policies by instituting female and family-friendly benefits as Arent Fox has done,” Evans said. “We hope that by recognizing Arent Fox, which has already moved the needle, a paradigm shift will follow.”
Approximately 38 percent of Arent Fox lawyers are women, and 27 percent of partners are women. Since 2006, 44 percent of lawyers promoted to partner have been women. Women lawyers at Arent Fox serve as department chairs and practice leaders as well as on numerous firmwide committees – and several are the lawyers responsible for a number of our largest clients.
Arent Fox understands the importance of achieving a healthy balance between one’s profession and family life. Accordingly, for the past 20 years, the firm has had a policy in place that enables associates and counsel who work reduced hours retain eligibility for promotion to partner. Moreover, Arent Fox also provides back-up child care, as well as adult care as part of its benefits package.
“Other law firms should take notice of Arent Fox’s commitment to change and competition. We hope our recognition of Arent Fox will encourage additional firms to devise more creative ways to enhance the work/life balance and improve the status of women in the profession,” said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC.
Arent Fox LLP is profiled in the August/September issue of Working Mother and at www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. The firm will be honored at a luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental in New York on September 15. That morning, Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers will hold a forum to report for the first time the findings of their national research on the trends and share best practices of work/life balance and women in the legal profession.
Methodology: The 2008 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother 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. Arent Fox was selected based on responses to an application measuring areas such as workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women.
About Arent Fox LLP
Arent Fox is a recognized leader in areas including intellectual property, real estate, health care, life sciences and litigation. With nearly 350 lawyers nationwide, Arent Fox has a wide range of experience in corporate securities and transactions, financial restructuring and bankruptcy, government relations and regulation, labor and employment, finance, tax, corporate compliance and the global business market. The firm provides services to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, foreign governments, long-term care facilities, start-up companies and other entities. Arent Fox has offices in Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles.
About Working Mother Media
Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Its 22-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media, which was founded in 2001. Working Mother Media includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, the Multicultural Women's Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media's mission is to champion culture change. For more information, please visit www.workingmother.com.