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Lindquist & Vennum Named One of “50 Best Law Firms For Women”
MINNEAPOLIS — Lindquist & Vennum today announced that it was named one of the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women. The firms selected were recognized for their family-friendly policies and career and business development initiatives that are helping retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline.
“As any working parent will tell you, work-life balance is a continuum that is in constant flux based on clients’ needs and expectations,” said Nicole Hittner, partner at Lindquist & Vennum and co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee. “I’m fortunate to be part of a firm that allows parents to factor in the needs of their families. I’m also proud that Lindquist is being recognized for the support and encouragement it gives working parents through family-friendly resources and policies.”
Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers co-founded the 50 Best Law Firms for Women initiative in 2007 to celebrate the law firms that are most successful in retaining and promoting women lawyers. The goal is also to give law firms the information and benchmarking tools they need to improve the status of women in their firms in the future.
The Best Law Firms for Women employ more female equity partners (20%) in 2015 than the national average (17%). Among the 2015 Best Law Firms for Women, 16% have at least three women among their top ten rainmakers, up from 11% last year. Women also hold 27% of equity partner promotion committee seats—the highest representation in the past five years. For more information, view the full list of the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women.
Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, said, “The 50 Best Law Firms for Women are setting and pushing forward the standard when it comes to retaining women--and advancing them to the very top, equity partnership. These firms are also committed to creating best practices that support working parents.”
Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, added, “Law firms that focus exclusively on flexible and reduced hour policies to retain women or solely on getting women in power seats are missing the mark. We see our Best Law Firms for Women who are having the most success to be the ones that understand the value of focusing on both retention and promotion simultaneously. They are cultivating female talent to facilitate that they get the good work, the skills and the flexibility they may need. Yet they are also investing in women with business development and leadership opportunities to ensure they have a strong presence and voice in the equity partner ranks, the governing committees and in running the law firm as a business.”
About Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Lindquist & Vennum’s 170 attorneys provide a full array of corporate finance, transactional, and litigation services for clients from offices in Minnesota, Colorado, and South Dakota. The firm has established and emerging practices in many industry and specialty areas, including private equity, financial institutions, real estate, healthcare and life sciences, renewable energy, and bankruptcy. For nearly five decades, the firm has served corporate, governmental, and individual clients across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit www.lindquist.com.
About Flex-Time Lawyers
Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm founded by Deborah Epstein Henry in the late 1990s, providing advisory, training and speaking services to employers and professionals on work life balance, retaining and promoting women and the future of the legal profession. It provides consulting and speaking services to law firms, corporations, professional service firms, non-profits, bar associations, and law schools, and at conferences, and retreats. Flex-Time Lawyers hosts a membership organization, offering quarterly in-person and webcast events on timely issues with prominent speakers. Membership also provides resources, networking opportunities and education about legal industry norms. For more information, please visithttp://www.flextimelawyers.com.
About Working Mother Media
Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website,workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute (workingmother.com/wmri), the National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn and Pinterest.
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