ATLANTA – September 9, 2020 – Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that the firm has been included on the 2020 Working Mother’s “Best Law Firms for Women” list. Ogletree Deakins is recognized on this list for the fourth time and is one of 60 firms recognized in 2020.
The “Best Law Firms for Women” list showcases law firms’ efforts and successes in finding, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers. This year’s list indicates that flexibility for women has been increasing; pre COVID-19 all 60 firms offered reduced hours and remote work for lawyers, and 39 percent of female lawyers used remote work in 2019. In addition, the number of women lawyers promoted to equity partner has increased by almost 25 percent in the past five years, and all firms on the “Best Law Firms for Women” list offer formal mentoring with 50 percent of mentees being women. This list demonstrates that parental leave is increasingly important, with 36 percent of firms offering gender-neutral fully paid leave and/or gender-neutral with extra maternity.
Ogletree Deakins’ support for women and family is reflected in the criteria for the “Best Law Firms for Women” list through the firm’s Colleagues Support Resource Groups ODFamily and ODWIN. ODFamily serves as a resource to attorneys and professional staff during times of transition and stress while allowing everyone to live authentic lives and bring their whole selves to work. Utilizing compassion, connection, confidentiality, and communication, the group offers self-care support for those experiencing the recent birth of a child, adoption, gender transitions, marital stress/divorce, caregiving, returning from a leave of absence, and breastfeeding support for new mothers. ODWIN, the Ogletree Deakins Women’s Initiative, helps to enhance the firm’s commitment to its women attorneys by creating and fostering an environment of inclusiveness through active involvement in the firm’s business development, recruitment, retention, and educational awareness efforts as they relate to women attorneys at the firm.
“Empowering career growth and ensuring a healthy work-life balance for women and working mothers is of the utmost importance to Ogletree Deakins,” said Trina Ricketts, co-chair of ODFamily. “We are pleased that these efforts have been recognized by Working Mother and to be recognized along with other esteemed firms on a mission to foster women attorneys.”
About the Methodology
The 2020 Best Law Firms for Women application includes more than 300 questions about attorney demographics at different levels, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves, and development and retention of women.
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About Ogletree Deakins
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has named Ogletree Deakins a “Law Firm of the Year” for nine consecutive years. In 2020, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law – Management and Litigation – ERISA categories. Ogletree Deakins has more than 900 attorneys located in 53 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies. www.ogletree.com