Four law firms have landed on Working Mother magazine's 100 Best Companies list for 2008.
Included on the list of top employers for working mothers are Arnold & Porter and Covington & Burling, both based in Washington. Katten Muchin Rosenman and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman are also on the list.
The magazine compiles the list based on the company's work force profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off, family friendly programs and company culture.
The magazine praises Arnold & Porter for its onsite child care center that stays open on evenings and weekends when needed.
Covington & Burling was included on the list for the third consecutive year, in part because of the firm's generous parental leave policy, which grants birth and adoptive mothers 18 weeks of paid leave and six weeks for fathers.
"We strive to provide all of our employees with innovative programs that make a positive impact on their overall quality of life," said Timothy Hester, chairman of Covington's management committee.
The magazine notes that attorneys at Katten Muchin Rosenman may take a monthlong sabbatical after five years and that the firm recently launched an initiative to help minority female attorneys reach their full potential.
"We work diligently each day to create a supportive work environment for all of our attorneys and are extremely honored to receive these recognitions, which validate the success of our ongoing efforts," said Vincent A.F. Sergi, Katten's national managing partner.
Half of the staff at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman takes advantage of telecommuting and flex time, according to the magazine. Additionally, 75 percent of the lawyers who work reduced hours reported that they still earn major assignments.