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Arnold & Porter is the place for parents. That’s according to Working Mother magazine, which last week put the firm for the fifth time on its annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.” The only law firm in the country to make the magazine’s 2004 roster, Arnold & Porter gives 12 weeks of paid maternity leave to all new mothers and six weeks to fathers or other co-parents. There is also on-site day care, which the firm runs, free backup care for the children of attorneys and staff, and a stipend and paid leave for adoption. Oh, and did we mention the lactation room? Private rooms stocked with lactation machines and refrigerators are available for nursing mothers in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Elizabeth Respess, director of human resources at the firm, says that the perks appeal to parents and nonparents alike. “Even those without children are interested. Maybe that means a kinder, gentler organization,” Respess says. “It helps recruitment in general.”

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