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Front Page - Friday, September 11, 2020

Baker Donelson named to Working Mother’s 2020 list of ‘Best Law Firms for Women’




Working Mother has named Baker Donelson to its 13th annual “Best Law Firms for Women” list. This is the fourth consecutive year Working Mother has included the firm in the list, which recognizes firms that utilize best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers.

“Baker Donelson is honored to once again be recognized for our continuous efforts to build and enhance a culture of support that allows women to succeed, including our Women to Equity training, mentoring and accountability program,” says Christy Tosh Crider, chair of Baker Donelson’s Women’s Initiative and chair of the firm’s health care litigation group.

“We’ve seen tremendous results and are fortunate to have a leadership team dedicated to the advancement of women and are proud to be included in a list with other law firms who share the same goal.”

The 2020 Working Mother “Best Law Firms for Women” list highlights law firms that averaged 23% women among new equity partners, compared with 20% five years ago.

Multicultural women make up 14% of equity partners, compared with 11% five years ago.

These firms additionally offer more extended parental leave benefits and encourage more lawyers to work remotely and use flexible hours.

Baker Donelson has implemented numerous initiatives designed to create an environment where female attorneys thrive, including an industry-leading parental leave policy, a firmwide mentoring program for women, a program that awards business development grants to women attorneys and a training program designed to help women attorneys achieve equity shareholder status.

“Law firms on this year’s list were better prepared to respond to the effects of the pandemic because of their continued support of flextime and remote work for working parents and caregivers,” says Subha Barry, president of Working Mother Media. “We’re proud to recognize their resilience and steadfast commitment to supporting gender equality.”

Source: Baker Donelson