Orrick is honored to be recognized as a Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard Firm for the fourth time.
WILEF Certification for 2016 emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by equity women partners at the nation’s largest firms, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership. Law firms are eligible for certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners. WILEF raised the bar to qualify for Gold Standard Certification this year and Orrick was one of only 31 firms to meet the new criteria, as opposed to 44 firms that qualified for the distinction last year.
Orrick’s commitment to women in leadership can be seen at the highest levels of our firm. Our board and management committee is 33% women, and two of our five business units are led by women. We are dedicated to investing in the next generation of women leaders at our firm through initiatives such as our senior leader sponsorship program, in which every board and management committee member sponsors a rising star, and our industry leadership on flexible work arrangements and parental leave.
Orrick’s efforts to retain and promote women lawyers have also been recognized by Working Mother magazine, which has consistently named Orrick to its list of the Best Law Firms for Women, and by Euromoney Legal Media Group, which recently honored us with the award for “Best International Firm Mentoring Program” for the second consecutive year at the fifth annual Americas Women in Business Law Awards.