Littler Mendelson Recognized as a Gold Standard Firm by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 18, 2012) - Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, has been recognized as a “Gold Standard Firm” for the second year in a row by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). The Gold Standard designation is bestowed on firms that have assisted its female attorneys in achieving top leadership positions and compensated them well.
“The retention and advancement of women at Littler is one of the firm’s core priorities, and we are extremely proud to once again be recognized by WILEF with the Gold Standard label for our continued efforts,” said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of the firm.
Firms earning Gold Standard certification must show that women comprise a sizeable portion of their equity partners, top leadership positions, governance and compensation committees and most highly-paid partners. Additionally, firms must have 100 or more practicing U.S. attorneys.
Littler offers a number of female-friendly initiatives and policies, including its Women’s Leadership Initiative, which assists women in maintaining a balance between career and personal life while pursuing leadership opportunities. The firm also offers flex-time and remote working opportunities. Currently, Littler has a practice in which women account for 48 percent of its attorneys.
Dionysia Johnson-Massie, co-chair of Littler’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, added, “Littler will continue to encourage and implement new policies geared towards women and their families that will promote the professional advancement of our female attorneys. I am especially proud that the firm has received Gold Standard certification for the second year in a row as I have benefitted directly from Littler’s various female-friendly policies and initiatives.”
Founded by its National Chair, Betiayn Tursi, with the support of R.R. Donnelley and several successful senior women attorneys, and subsequently, of law firm and corporate sponsors, WILEF is dedicated to assisting women in law to assume leadership roles within the AmLaw 100, Second Hundred and Fortune 1,000 legal departments and within their respective communities. WILEF presents cutting-edge programming that provides an educational and networking forum for women in law.
About Littler Mendelson
With over 900 attorneys and 56 offices throughout the U.S. and globally, Littler Mendelson is the world’s largest labor and employment firm exclusively devoted to representing management. As the only U.S. member of the Ius Laboris global alliance, Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of multinational clients, from navigating 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.