Orrick is proud to announce that, once again, the firm been named as one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. This is the sixth year that Orrick has been named to this annual survey, which recognizes law firms for their family-friendly policies and business development and career development initiatives that are aimed at retaining women attorneys and advancing them into the leadership pipeline. Law firms were evaluated based on the percentage of female partners and the percentage of lawyers working flexible schedules, among other criteria.
“Orrick is dedicated to advancing gender diversity and this honor recognizes the strides the firm has made in advancing family-friendly and career advancement efforts on behalf of our female attorneys,” said intellectual property partner Karen Johnson-McKewan, who, with structured finance partner Leah Sanzari, is co-leader of Orrick's Women's Initiative. “These efforts are guided by the basic belief that these policies bring benefits not only to our female attorneys, who will gain the satisfaction of achieving their full potential, but to the firm as a whole, which will gain from a fully-realized workforce. We cannot rest on our laurels, however, and still have much to achieve, but we think Orrick is well on the way.”
Through the efforts of Orrick's Women's Initiative, the firm provides education and training to all of the firm's lawyers about the issues affecting women in the profession. Through communication, professional development and business development programs, policies promoting work-life balance and flexibility, recruiting and leadership, the firm strives to create an environment that encourages professional advancement for women.
Orrick will be featured in the August/September issue of Working Mother magazine.
Orrick is one of the few firms named to both the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” and Yale Law Women's “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms” for several years running.