SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 24, 2014) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has received “Gold Standard Certification” for the fourth consecutive year from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. Certification is awarded to law firms that have successfully demonstrated that women comprise a significant percentage of their equity partners, top leadership positions, governance and compensation committees and are among the most highly compensated partners.
“We are honored to once again receive this prestigious distinction from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler. “Through the tremendous efforts of our excellent Women’s Leadership Initiative, Littler continues to enhance our existing programs and create new opportunities for women to thrive.”
Littler offers a number of initiatives designed to support the advancement of its female attorneys. In addition to its Women’s Leadership Initiative, a group that focuses on developing and retaining women in high-level positions by providing them with the tools and resources to achieve their goals, the firm offers a highly-successful Flex Time Attorney program and other remote work opportunities to assist attorneys in balancing work and home life. Littler also offers mentorship programs, as well as training and professional development to help retain its talented female lawyers and promote their success within the firm. This year, Littler also elected Lisa “Lee” Schreter chairperson of the firm’s Board of Directors and Shareholders Marguerite Walsh and Jennifer Youpa were named executive vice presidents.
“Littler continues to be at the forefront of creating innovative programs and initiatives to help elevate women attorneys to leadership roles within the firm and we are proud to once again be recognized for these efforts,” said Linda Headley and Dionysia Johnson-Massie, shareholders and co-chairs of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.
WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification is just the latest of a number of accolades that Littler has received in recognition of its female-friendly initiatives. The firm has been recognized by a number of industry organizations and the media, including Vault, which ranked Littler #3 for Diversity for Women; Law360, which ranked Littler #12 among the Top 25 Firms for Female Partners in 2014; Working Mother magazine, which has included Littler in its list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women since 2008; Multicultural Law magazine, which ranked Littler #1 among the Top 100 Law Firms for Women in 2012 and Yale Law Women, which named Littler a “Top Ten Family Friendly Firm” and awarded Littler with its “Recognition of Superior Performance” in the category of “Gender Equity in Partner Promotions” in 2012.
About the Women in Law Empowerment Forum
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, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) is dedicated to assisting women in law to assume leadership roles within the AmLaw 100, Second Hundred and Fortune 1000 legal departments and within their respective communities. WILEF presents cutting-edge programming that provides an educational and networking forum for women in law.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.