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Promoting and retaining female talent and family-friendly work policies among the factors

4 Minnesota law firms among 50 best for women

Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers compile an annual list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women.

This year four Minnesota-based law firms are on it.

The list is based on the firm’s leadership in “promoting and retaining female talent” and recognizes legal workplaces with family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that are most successful in retaining women and advancing them into leadership roles.

The firms were evaluated based on family-friendly benefits and policies; flexibility; and leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women.

Faegre Baker Daniels, Dorsey & Whitney, Fredrikson & Byron and Leonard, Street and Deinard were on this year’s list.

Leonard, Street and Deinard was recognized for:

• 43% of associates are women, up from 39% in 2009.

• Since January 2011, women comprise almost 60% of new attorney hires.

• Women now fill 31% of all leadership roles, including occupying two of the nine positions on the Board of Directors.

• Formal mentoring and motivational peer-group meetings to help accelerate progress.

• A new policy allows associates to speed up or slow down their partnership track to accommodate family needs.

• The firm’s women’s initiative shines a spotlight on the talent and contributions of the firm’s women attorneys and builds community.

Faegre Baker Daniels was recognized for:

• The corporate practice group recently hired a consultant to educate women on ways to better communicate their scheduling needs.

• Women are one quarter of all practice group leaders, executive committee and management board members.

• Women attorneys can take up to a year of job-guaranteed time off if they get pregnant, with 14 weeks fully paid; after they return, they can work flex their hours or reduce their schedules by as much as 33%.

• All attorneys are encouraged to advocate for women’s issues, which were the focus of 49% of the firm’s pro bono work and 60% of its community service in 2011.

Dorsey & Whitney was recognized for:

• 27% of the firm’s female partners, 58% of its female counsel and 9% of its female associates worked reduced hours.

• Attorneys may opt to adjust their weekly schedules, telecommute or work remotely.

• An on-site gym, child care subsidies and reimbursements, generous parental leave and up to $3,000 in adoption aid per child.

Fredrikson & Byron was recognized for:

• A formal policy that allows attorneys to reduce their hours by as much as 20% and still earn full health benefits.

• New work retreats and career coaching programs offer lessons in leadership, business and professional skills development.

• Women lead 37% of practice groups at the firm.



  1. This is great news to hear that some law firms are so flexible with their female employees. If you happen to be looking for a job in law I would suggest to look at Granted.com they have many listings for legal jobs. I wish more company’s where more flexible like these. it would make it easier being a mother and still working a full time job.

  2. @Christina I am not able to access Granted.com for some reason but I definitely want to take a look at it. Do you happen to have the admin contact for that site? Would like to get in touch with them and see if they can help me log on.

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