Yale Law Women, a student organization at the university dedicated to promoting the interests of women in the law, named DLA Piper as one of its top ten family-friendly law firms last month.
The firm was ranked ninth among Vault.com’s Top 100 Law Firms that were included in the survey.
DLA Piper was also selected to the inaugural list of “Best Law Firms for Women” that was released in August by Flex-Time Lawyers and Working Mother magazine.
Stefanie Fogel, co-chairwoman of the firm’s Leadership Alliance for Women in the Philadelphia office, said DLA Piper has been very vocal about and active internally in creating opportunities for its female attorneys to succeed.
She said the firm’s 60-attorney Philadelphia office is flexible and has several of its associates on a part-time or flexible schedule.
Bonuses are pro-rated for part-time associates so that they don’t “miss out on assessment of [their] value overall,” she said.
The goal of the alliance program is not just about work-life balance, Fogel said. It is about identifying who the up-and-comers are making sure they have opportunities to grow.
Only the top-ten firms were ranked, but the Yale Law Women organization listed firms alphabetically in the subsequent categories. The top-ten list went as follows: Quarles & Brady, Proskauer Rose, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Jenner & Block, Mayer Brown, Covington & Burlington, Arnold & Porter, DLA Piper, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo and Faegre & Benson.
Duane Morris, another Best Law Firms for Women winner, ranked somewhere in the runners up category which included rankings from 11th to 30th place. In the “best of the rest” category – which included 31st to 50th place – Dechert and Reed Smith made the cut.
~Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter