THE LIST: Area's largest law firms — and the practices with most female attorneys – The Business Journals


The most recent Charlotte Business Journal lists the area’s largest law firms, ranked by number of local attorneys. Moore & Van Allen remains atop the list again this year with 293 attorneys in its Charlotte office. McGuireWoods is second, with 178 local attorneys.
As part of our Top 25 List survey, we asked area law firms how many women they count among their attorney ranks in Charlotte. Moore & Van Allen and McGuireWoods top that list also.
Moore & Van Allen has the most female attorneys in its local office with 104, up from 84 on last year’s list. That number includes 18 partners. When you look at the percentages, 35% of the firm’s local attorneys are women and 15% are partners.
Seventy-four (or 42%) of McGuireWoods’ local attorneys are women. That number includes 15 partners.
Among firms with more than 50 local attorneys, four have more than 35% of attorneys who are women. They are James McElroy & Diehl (48%), Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo (42%), K&L Gates (38%) and McGuireWoods. Of those firms, K&L Gates and James McElroy & Diehl have the highest percentage of local partners who are women. Eight of the 21 Charlotte partners, or 38%, at K&L Gates are women. Ten of 27 partners, or 37%, at James McElroy & Diehl are partners.
Firms with between 20 and 40 local attorneys consistently had a higher percentage of women attorneys and women partners. Winston & Strawn made a strong showing on both counts. Forty-five percent of its local attorneys and 40% of its local partners are women.
Civil litigation firm Lincoln Derr has the highest percentages in both categories. Eighty percent of the firm’s 10 attorneys are women, plus 100% of the partners.
For the entire Top 25 Lists, including the names of the firms’ managing partners, see the Feb. 7 print and online editions of the CBJ.
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Coming up: In the Feb. 14 edition, we’ll run a list of the Charlotte-area’s largest accounting firms.
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