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Working Mother Selects Dorsey as One of the 2017 "Best Law Firms For Women"


International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP was today named by Working
magazine as one of the 2017 "Best Law Firms for Women," in
recognition of using best practices in retaining and promoting women
lawyers. The annual list recognizes 50 U.S. law firms for their policies
in the advancement of women and for the implementation of work-life
balance initiatives. This is the tenth time Dorsey has been recognized.

"We are committed to being a women-friendly workplace and having the
policies and infrastructure in place to enable our attorneys to manage
their professional and personal lives in the way that works best for
them. We believe this benefits our lawyers, the Firm as a whole, and,
most importantly, our clients," said Ken Cutler, Dorsey's Managing
Partner. "We are pleased to be recognized once again as a Best Law Firm
for Women."

The full list of the 2017 Working Mother Best
Law Firms
for Women is posted here
with highlights on representation of women and women of color in key
leadership roles, and usage and promotion rates for reduced-hour
lawyers, among other key points. For the first time, Working Mother
worked in collaboration with the ABA Journal as a knowledge

"The ABA Journal is delighted to be part of the Best Law Firms
for Women project that explores in depth what's really working at law
firms to fill the diversity gap and ensure women are getting the support
and resources they need to advance," says Molly McDonough, editor &
publisher, The ABA Journal. The ABA Journal's companion
feature will appear in October.

Here are highlights from the 2017
Working Mother Best Law Firms
for Women data:

  • Over the last 10 years, the percentage of female equity partners has
    increased to 20% from 16% and female non-equity partners has grown to
    30% from 22% at the Best Law Firms. This year, the Best Law Firms
    employ more female equity partners (20%) than the national average
    (18%).* Source: National Association of Women Lawyers.
  • Among their Top 10 rainmakers, 83% of the top firms have at least one
  • Since last year, the number of paid weeks of maternity leave offered
    at the Best Law Firms increased one week to an average of 16 weeks.
    Yet the average number of weeks of maternity leave taken by lawyer
    moms stayed the same, at 14. An average of 8 weeks of paid paternity
    leave was offered with an average of 4 weeks taken.
  • A majority (53%) of all lawyers at the top firms report working
    remotely, the most popular flex option among both male and female
    lawyers at every level, which is offered by all of the winning firms.

About Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Clients have relied on Dorsey
since 1912 as a valued business partner. With locations across the
United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey
provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients' legal and
business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world's most
successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders
in the banking, energy, food and agribusiness, health care, mining and
natural resources, and public-private project development sectors, as
well as major non-profit and government entities.

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