New York, NY, June 23, 2016 – Thirty-one (31) law firms have been awarded 2016 Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. The results were announced this morning by the WILEF Tribune, a new site covering news on women in Big Law and corporate legal departments. “WILEF congratulates these firms for being true leaders in the advancement of women,” said Elizabeth “Betiayn” Tursi, WILEF’s Global Chair. The firms are listed below.
Gold Standard Certification recognizes major law firms that have promoted women to equity partnership and leadership positions and that compensate them accordingly. Libby McGarry, Chair of WILEF’s Certification Committee, explained that, “in order to be certified, law firms must meet objective criteria demonstrating success.”
Certification is awarded to firms that meet four or more of six criteria. Those criteria are: that women constitute a minimum of
The 15% threshold for satisfying the second and sixth criteria – women firm and U.S. branch heads and women within the top half of partners in terms of compensation – was higher this year than last. In 2015, when 44 firms had certified by June, the threshold for satisfying these two criteria was 10%.
“We need to keep raising the bar in order to encourage firms to continue making progress,” stated Ms. Tursi. “The ‘Gold Standard’ acknowledges leaders of the profession.”
The following firms qualified for certification by meeting at least four of the six criteria:
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Davis Wright Tremaine
Faegre Baker Daniels
Holland & Hart
Holland & Knight
Jenner & Block
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
McCarter & English
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Morrison & Foerster
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Quarles & Brady
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
Six of these firms met all six certification criteria: Davis Wright; Hogan Lovells; Holland & Hart; Quarles & Brady; Reed Smith; and Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
Among the certified firms:
On September 22, 2016, WILEF will hold a reception for the listed firms, as well as any other eligible firm (300 or more practicing lawyers in the United States) that submits a qualifying application by August 1. Application forms may be obtained from Ms. Tursi. Applications for 2016 certification will continue to be accepted until December 1.
All certified firms will be named on the WILEF website and will receive a 2016 Gold Standard Certification seal for use in their communication material.
Now celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, WILEF is dedicated to assisting women in law to assume leadership roles within the National Law Journal 350 law firms and Fortune 1000 legal departments, and within their respective communities.