Fenwick has been ranked among the 50 Best Law Firms for Women of 2021 by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media). This is the fourth year Fenwick has made the annual list, which rates law firms by their practices for recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers.
“We are proud to be recognized for our efforts to ensure women lawyers can thrive in our firm and in the legal profession,” said Richard Dickson, chair of the firm. “This priority became even more urgent in a year of unprecedented challenge for working caregivers, and especially working mothers.”
Catherine Kevane, Executive Committee member and head of Fenwick’s Women’s Caucus, added, “We are dedicated to the success of women in the legal profession, and the past year has called us to be our most innovative, creative and intentional in providing flexibility and resources to solve for a wide range of unique circumstances.”
When evaluating firms, Seramount considered lawyer demographics, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leave policies, and professional development and advancement programs for women. In light of COVID-19, several questions were added about the success of working from home.
For Fenwick, the year’s accomplishments included the advancement of its most diverse partner class in firm history, the majority of whom were women. The firm also rolled out a robust suite of new programs to support an entirely remote workforce, with generous stipends to improve in-home office arrangements, for tutoring and in-home childcare, and for purchases toward well-being.
The full list of law firms is available here.
Fenwick is consistently among the top Am Law 100 firms for diversity and the firm recently ranked No. 1 in ALM Media’s inaugural Composite Ranking Index based on financial and diversity metrics. In addition, the firm was a finalist in the 2020 Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards. More information about Fenwick’s diversity and inclusion efforts is available on fenwick.com.