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Five US law firms lose family-friendly rankings

Crowell, Latham, Littler, Mintz and WilmerHale fall behind 

30 April 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Half of last year’s top-ten family friendly law firms have fallen out of the 2013 rankings.

The list, produced annually by Yale Law Women, is based on a survey of law firms that rank in the Vault 100.

Five law firms have been deemed to no longer have the best family-friendly practices and policies in the US: Crowell & Moring; Latham & Watkins; Littler; Mintz Levin; and WilmerHale.

Instead, their places have been taken up by: Fulbright & Jaworski; Goodwin Procter; Shearman & Sterling; Sidley Austin; and Squire Sanders.

Five law firms continue to be listed among the top ten: Arnold & Porter; Hunton & Williams; Orrick; Perkins Coie; and Reed Smith.

The family friendliness indicators used include billable hour requirements, part-time and flex-time options, parental leave policies and childcare availability.

Firms that scored highly for gender equitable use of part/flex-time were Hunton & Williams; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; Perkins Coie and Squire Sanders

Ten firms were commended for achieving gender parity in partner promotions: Allen & Overy; Cleary Gottlieb; Fulbright & Jaworski; Goodwin Procter; Munger, Tolles & Olson; Paul Weiss; Reed Smith; Skadden; Steptoe & Johnson; and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Only two firms were highlighted for overall utilisation of parental leave policies: Hogan Lovells and Kirkland & Ellis.

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