Women in the legal field have made strides and major career advances. Currently, there are more women applying to and attending law schools, and the number is expected to grow. Law firms are starting to take the initiative to ensure their women attorneys are given equally adequate support, mentoring, and advancement as their male counterparts. Here is a list of the top law firms for women in Atlanta:
DLA Piper is a national law firm with offices around the world, including China, South Africa, Brazil, Kuwait, Ukraine, and all over the United States. Roughly 20% of their equity partners are women, and they have reduced their working hours by 9% for their attorneys. DLA Piper also holds work-family seminars, free legal, financial, and elder-care consultations, and flex options. They are also known for being LGBTQ friendly.
Duane Morris has 14% women equity partners, 30% nonequity partners, and they have reduced their working hours by 13% over the past few years. They believe advancing women to equity partner positions is crucial for the firm’s growth. As a result, the firm openly introduces high-potential attorneys to influential contacts to help their book of business grow. In addition, expecting mothers receive 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave.
Based in Atlanta, Troutman Sanders’ attorneys rave about working at this law firm. They receive flexible schedules, mentoring, influence work-life balance (this doesn’t make sense – reword), and 18 weeks of maternity leave. About 17% of their equity partners are women, and the firm has established a women’s business development initiative to inspire their women attorneys. They also have offices in New York, Beijing, Tysons Corner, Raleigh, Portland and San Diego.
Holland & Knight
Holland and Knight is a Miami, Florida based law firm with nearly 100 practice areas, including corporate transactions, Finance, Tax, Government Affairs, as well as international law. About 17% of their equity partners and 28% of their nonequity partners are women. In addition, Holland and Knight launched a women’s mentoring and leadership program called “Women’s Initiative”. They firm offers formalized flex time, has recently expanded their family leave, and also addresses healthy work-life balance with their employees.
It is expected that there will be more women than men law students by 2016. With the growing number of women entering the legal profession, it is good to see that law firms are taking steps to ensure their women employees are given the same career opportunities as men. Furthermore, it is good they are taking the initiative to ensure both working and expecting mothers are given flexible work hours and secure maternity leave to make sure their families stay happy and healthy. In the end, we hope to see more law firms implementing excellent flex hours, maternity leave, and programs to help support and advance their female attorneys.