There may have been some change in the representation of women at major law firms over the past five years, but it has been slow going. That’s one major takeaway from our latest look at gender diversity in Big Law, based on data collected by ALM Intelligence.

Since 2013, the proportion of women associates at Am Law 200 firms has increased just 2 percent, while women equity partners have increased 4 percent. The representation of non-equity women partners has been stagnant, according to our survey.

So maybe it’s not so surprising that women, and especially minority women, still report that they face significant career obstacles in the field of law.

For the seventh year in a row, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, a New York-based immigration firm, holds the top spot for gender diversity among the Am Law 200.

The data below is drawn from numbers reported by a subset of the NLJ 500, and counts women lawyers on an FTE basis. It was collected in a survey circulated in the winter of 2018. Some firms cannot count gender in average FTE terms and so their data is not included as part of the ranking. The data can accessed and analyzed in ALM’s Legal Compass tool.

RELATED READING:

Law Firms Ranked by Percentage of Female Equity Partners The American Lawyer, July 26, 2018

Career-Nurturing Firms Win High-Rankings on Women in Law Scorecard National Law Journal, July 28, 2018

Diversity Initiative Names ‘Certified’ Firms for Women, Minority Leadership The American Lawyer, August 20, 2018


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