For the seventh consecutive year, Baker McKenzie has been named one of the top law firms for women by Working Mother magazine in collaboration with the ABA Journal, recognizing the Firm's outstanding practices for retaining and promoting women lawyers.
Published in the August/September issue of Working Mother, the annual recognition honors 50 law firms for "their policies in the advancement of women and for the implementation of work-life balance initiatives."
"Baker McKenzie is proud to once again receive this prestigious honor from Working Mother," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's Managing Partner in North America. "While there is always more work to be done, we are pleased by the progress we have made as a Firm to foster an inclusive workplace. This recognition speaks to our continued commitment to further advancing work-life balance and flexibility for each of our employees."
Baker McKenzie has more than 1,600 partners worldwide, and more than 400 are women. In June, the Firm announced 80 new partner promotions, of which 40 percent were women.
"The Best Law Firms for Women are not only setting the standard for the modern-day law firm in supporting flexible work arrangements and offering generous paid leave but also ensuring that lawyers who take advantage of these programs are not excluded from the partnership track," said Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother.
The Best Law Firms for Women recognition follows similar recognitions Baker McKenzie has received for its efforts to advance an inclusive workplace. For example, Law360 recently named Baker McKenzie among the top five best law firms for women attorneys in its 2017 Glass Ceiling Report, and the Firm took home the coveted title of Best International Firm for Women in Business Law during the 2017 Euromoney European Women in Business Law awards.
The Working Mother recognition also follows the launch of Baker McKenzie's flexible work initiative for all employees in North America. The program, called bAgile, provides increased access to a range of agile working arrangements, including telecommuting and working alternative schedules.