Baker McKenzie has been named one of the 2019 Best 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 attorneys. Also, Baker McKenzie is one of only a small number of firms who join the Magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame - recognizing those firms that have been on the list for ten years or more.
Published in the August/September issue of Working Mother, the annual recognition honors law firms for "their policies in the advancement of women and for the implementation of work-life balance initiatives." The ranking took special note of the Leaders Investing for Tomorrow (LIFT) program the Firm launched in 2017. LIFT is a landmark sponsorship initiative for women at the Firm.
"This recognition is a testament to our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture, and we are proud to be recognized as a champion of gender parity in the workplace," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North American Chief Executive. "We also know there is more work to be done, which is why we recently announced new global aspirational targets set at 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons) by 2025. This target applies to partners, senior business professionals, firm committee leadership, and candidate pools for recruitment.”
Anna Brown, Baker McKenzie's Director for Global Diversity & Inclusion, added, "Baker McKenzie continues to make significant progress as a champion for women. We are proud that in North America, currently, 43% of our practice group chairs and 43% of our office managing partners are women. To keep this momentum going, we will continue to develop innovative initiatives, like the LIFT program, designed to support our female talent’s progression to key leadership roles."
“It’s heartening to see the progress women lawyers are making at firms committed to fully utilizing these attorneys’ abilities,” said Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother. “The war for talent is increasing incentives for law firms to invest in retaining women lawyers, which is why we’re seeing more women’s initiatives and parental-support groups. By highlighting what our top firms are doing, we hope others in the legal community will follow.”
The Best Law Firms for Women recognition follows similar recognitions Baker McKenzie has received for its efforts in advancing a diverse and inclusive workplace. For example, the Firm has been honored for ten consecutive years with a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2019 Corporate Equality Index, was named in the Top 10 in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for 2019, and was recently was shortlisted for the inaugural Chambers USA D&I awards in the "Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion" category.