Boston law firms with the most female attorneys discuss gender diversity – Boston Business Journal – The Business Journals


We asked a handful of the firms with the highest numbers of female attorneys how they promote gender diversity. Below are the firms’ responses, and at the bottom of this story is this year’s list of the Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts.
“We’re proud to have women represented in many firm leadership roles and that our continued efforts towards increasing the number of women in our partnership ranks are paying dividends. Mintz dedicates a great deal of resources to developing innovative and effective solutions to recruit, retain, promote and develop women lawyers.”
— Meredith Leary, member and leader of Mintz’s Women’s Initiative
“The firm maintains a strong focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting the best female attorneys in the industry Numerous firm programs and initiatives sponsored by our Women’s Forum are designed to help women maximize their potential. It is energizing to see so many women ascending to partnership and into positions of leadership at the firm – and in large numbers. It is also gratifying to know that our efforts are contributing to their success.”
— Amanda McGrady Morrison, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s Women’s Forum
“We’re proud of the strides we have made at our firm and in Boston with respect to gender diversity. We have achieved this through focused, metrics-driven initiatives and best-in-class interventions. But we think we can do better. Through our new Move the Needle initiative, we are collaborating with four other firms, more than 25 General Counsel, an organization called Diversity Lab, and a group of academics and consultants to move the needle farther and faster. We want our entry level diversity to be mirrored in our senior associate and partner elevation classes, and we want our leadership to be at least 40 percent diverse by 2025. And these goals are not focused on gender diversity alone – critically, we need to do better when it comes to racial-ethnic diversity, LGBTQ+ diversity and beyond. We are striving to be a fully inclusive firm where every lawyer and professional team member feels welcome and valued.”
— Andy Sucoff, chair of Goodwin Procter’s Boston office
“We have multiple initiatives in process and are continuously assessing our efforts to ensure progress. Developing an inclusive culture is a priority for everyone in the firm and narrowing gender gaps is a collective effort. None of us can do it alone.”
— Susan Murley, co-managing partner of WilmerHale
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