SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 14, 2012) - Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, has been named a leading law firm for women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a division of Working Mother Media, and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC®, marking the fourth year that Littler has been bestowed with this recognition.
“To be named a Best Law Firm for Women for the fourth time is a distinct honor,” said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of Littler. “Supporting and encouraging the professional success of our female attorneys is a key priority for Littler, and this recognition demonstrates the firm’s unwavering commitment to advancing women’s careers while offering an environment that supports work-life balance.”
For the 2012 Best Law Firms for Women initiative, firms were evaluated on a variety of factors including representation, flexibility, child care, leadership, compensation, development and advancement of women and leave policies. Firms must have 50 or more U.S.-based lawyers to be eligible for evaluation.
A leader in the retention and advancement of female lawyers, Littler provides a number of initiatives geared towards women. The firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) educates females on techniques to enhance and increase leadership opportunities while maintaining the career-home life balance. In addition, Littler offers remote working opportunities, as well as flex-time options for its attorneys. The firm’s FlexTime Attorney program promotes work-life balance and creates alternate career paths for the firm’s attorneys. Littler now boasts a practice that is comprised of 48% women lawyers.
Dionysia Johnson-Massie, co-chair of Littler’s WLI, added, “As a female Littler attorney, I am particularly proud to be a part of a firm that places an importance on the advancement of women. As a member of the WLI, our goal is to continue to enhance the programs in place while developing new initiatives that will further the careers of the firm’s female attorneys.”
In addition to being named to Working Mother’s Best Law Firms list, the firm also earned a number of accolades in 2012 for promoting an inclusive working environment. A snapshot of these awards include:
- Certified as a “Gold Standard Firm” from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2012 and 2011
- Ranked #3 in Diversity for Women by the 2013 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms
- Ranked #5 for Top Firms for Female Partners, 2012 by Law360.com
- Ranked #1 of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women by MultiCultural Law magazine’s Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity 2012
- Named a “Top Ten Family Friendly Firm” and awarded with Recognition of Superior Performance in the category of “Gender Equity in Partner Promotions”, 2012 by Yale Law Women
Littler will be featured in the December/January issue of Working Mother magazine, which reaches more than 2 million readers. Additionally, workingmother.com and the Flex-Time Lawyers website, flextimelawyers.com, will feature this year’s comprehensive ranking. All firms appearing on the list will be honored at a Gala Awards Luncheon on December 5, 2012 in New York City.
About The National Association for Female Executives
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, provides resources—through education, networking, and public advocacy—to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success. Founded in 1972, it is one of the largest women’s professional associations in the United States. The organization has a rich history of providing education, networking, and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. Members are women executives, professionals, business owners and others who are committed to NAFE's mission: the advancement of women in business.
About Flex-Time Lawyers
Flex-Time Lawyers (flextimelawyers.com) is a national consulting firm founded by Deborah Epstein Henry in the late 1990s, providing advisory, training and speaking services on workplace restructuring, talent management, work life balance and the retention and promotion of lawyers, with a focus on women. The consulting services are provided to law firms, in-house legal departments, professional service firms, corporations, bar associations, law schools, individual lawyers, law students and professionals in industries outside of law.
About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. WorkingMother.com (www.workingmother.com) gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions and ideas. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (www.bonnier.com), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE, www.nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices (www.diversitybestpractices.com) and the Working Mother Research Institute. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.
About Littler Mendelson
Littler Mendelson is the world’s largest labor and employment firm exclusively devoted to representing management. With over 950 attorneys and 56 offices throughout the U.S. and globally, Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of U.S.-based and multi-national clients from navigating domestic and international employment laws and labor relations issues to applying corporate policies worldwide. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record.