Foley Named to Best Law Firms For Women List

14 August 2007 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Firm Recognized for Commitment to the Retention and Advancement of Women Attorneys and Professional Staff.

Foley announced today that the firm has been named a 2007 Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother magazine and national consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers LLC in recognition of its commitment to the retention and advancement of women.

“We are proud of the recognition we have received for our efforts to attract and retain women attorneys and professional staff,” said Maureen A. McGinnity, the firm’s chief diversity partner. “This initiative is just one of several we have embraced in our firmwide diversity program. We are committed to encouraging a culture of inclusion and to implementing women-friendly policies.”

Following in the tradition of Working Mother’s signature 100 Best Companies List, the Best Law Firms for Women List recognizes a select group of U.S. law firms that are proactively developing and implementing women-friendly policies­ including flex-time, child care and women-focused mentoring, leadership and networking programs.

The list ranked firms in the following categories:

  • Benefits and compensation – Compensation for health benefits, compensation for top earners and compensation for lawyers on flexible and reduced schedules
  • Workforce profile – Representation of women, particularly in partnership and leadership positions
  • Parental leave and related benefits and policies – Job-guaranteed leave following birth or adoption and pay practices for parental leave
  • Retention and advancement of women – Programs to support women’s leadership, training and promotion
  • Child care – Onsite, nearsite and backup childcare programs offered
  • Flexibility – Flex-time, reduced hours and other alternative work options, and usage rates of these programs

Foley scored highly in all of the categories above and scored particularly well in relation to the firm’s parental leave policy, flexible schedule policy, and benefits and compensation.

“Since its founding, Working Mother magazine has been the champion of progressive, women-friendly changes in the workplace,” said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. “Every year we see substantive advances in companies’ policies across the country, and we are so excited to be able to pair with Flex-Time Lawyers to celebrate change in a field that has historically struggled to support women and their life choices. I commend Foley for taking the lead for women lawyers.”

In the August/September issue of Working Mother, Foley, along with the other winners, is recognized for creating a work environment that is hospitable to and encouraging of the advancement of women.

The application and evaluation process for the 2007 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women Initiative was developed in partnership by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC and based on Working Mother’s annual 100 Best Companies, a groundbreaking initiative that was first introduced in 1986, that continues to set the standard for family-friendly workplaces. To apply for the Best Law Firms for Women, Foley provided detailed information on the issues that are most important to the retention and promotion of women lawyers in six measured areas: workforce profile, benefits and compensation, parental leave, childcare, flexibility and retention and advancement of women.

Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career mothers. The 21-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. The publication also releases the annual list of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women in the June issue. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media. For more information, please visit www.workingmother.com.

Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is a national consulting firm advising lawyers, law firms, bar associations, law schools and corporations on work/life balance, business development, women’s initiatives, re-entry of professionals and retention and advancement of women. For more information, please visit www.flextimelawyers.com.

Foley & Lardner LLP provides the full range of corporate legal counsel. Our attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues, including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, outsourcing and information technology, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, emerging technologies, energy, entertainment and media, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries.