Orrick is honored to be named one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers for the ninth time. This annual survey recognizes law firms for providing family-friendly policies and career development initiatives aimed at advancing women lawyers. Law firms are evaluated based on a range of factors including representation; flexibility; paid time off and leaves; leadership, compensation and advancement of women; and development and retention of women.
Orrick was highlighted for our use of “balanced scorecards” to annually assess the status of women across our five business units; our creation of industry forums designed to help women in the tech, energy and infrastructure, and finance sectors network and learn from each other; and our formal mentoring and sponsorship of women at the firm, among other initiatives.
Earlier this year, we announced several enhancements to the ways the firm supports lawyers and staff who are parents, including adding “Guardrails” to our onramping program so lawyers can work predictable hours when they return from leave, increasing non-primary caregiver leave for lawyers and staff and contributing to a college fund for all new babies of lawyers and staff. The firm’s primary caregiver leave program is already the high watermark among law firms, providing lawyers with 22 weeks of paid leave and nine months of job protection, and staff with 14 weeks of paid leave and seven months of job protection.
Orrick is one of only four firms on all three leading measures of the best firms for women: Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyer’s Best Law Firms for Women list, Yale Law Women’s Top 10 Family Friendly Firms and the WILEF Gold Standard Certification, which recognizes success in advancing women to leadership.