Squire Patton Boggs has been named to Working Mother magazine’s 2019 “Best Law Firms for Women.” This annual list recognizes 60 firms that utilize best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers.
“Squire Patton Boggs has long embraced diversity in the profession and within our firm, and we are honored to be selected by Working Mother as a firm that supports and values an inclusive work environment,” said Aneca E. Lasley, partner and co-chair of the Women’s Enterprise Group. “We remain committed to providing balanced and family-friendly policies and programs that enable the success of our female lawyers – in both their legal careers and personal lives.”
The full list highlights law firms that averaged 37% women among new equity partners. The recognized firms additionally offer more extended parental leave benefits, encourage more lawyers to work remotely and use flexible hours, among other work-life balance and family-friendly policies.
“It’s heartening to see the progress women lawyers are making at firms committed to fully utilizing these attorneys’ abilities,” said Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother. “The war for talent is increasing incentives for law firms to invest in retaining women lawyers, which is why we’re seeing more women’s initiatives and parental-support groups. By highlighting what our top firms are doing, we hope others in the legal community will follow.”
Squire Patton Boggs has long recognized inclusion and diversity as a core strength of the firm and fundamental to its success. Yale Law Women selected the firm as a 2019 Top Ten Firm for Gender Diversity, recognizing it as a nationwide leader for its commitment and policies for inclusion and diversity. Additionally, the firm achieved a 100% rating in the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, for the eleventh consecutive year.
The 2019 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women application, administered by the Working Mother Research Institute, includes more than 300 questions about lawyer demographics at different levels, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves, and development and retention of women. For the third year, Working Mother collaborated with the ABA Journal as a knowledge partner.