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Ten of this year’s 50 Best Law Firms for Women chosen by Working Mother magazine have an Atlanta office, including King & Spalding and Fisher & Phillips, which are headquartered here.

Working Mother evaluated the firms for their family-friendly policies and career-advancement initiatives. To be considered, firms must have 50 or more lawyers and complete a survey.

The other firm with Atlanta offices are: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Dentons US; DLA Piper; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; Fisher & Phillips; Hunton & Williams; King & Spalding; Littler Mendelson; McGuire Woods; and Seyfarth Shaw.

Some findings from the Working Mother report:

• The firms chosen had 20 percent female equity partners, on average. That’s an increase from 16 percent female equity partners at the 50 Best Firms for Women in 2007, the first year of the survey.

• The percentage of women making up non-equity partners at the 50 Best Firms for Women increased from 22 percent a decade ago to 30 percent.

• On the other hand, 58 percent of the staff attorneys are women at these 50 firms.

• Working Mother reported that the percentage of women on important firm committees has increased slightly from last year. At these 50 firms, women made up 27 percent of executive committees, up 2 percentage points; 28 percent of compensation committees; up 3 percentage points; and 29 percent of equity partner promotion committees, up 2 percent.

• All of the firms offer flexible hours for full-time lawyers and reduced hours schedules. While 53 percent of lawyers at the 50 firms use the remote work option, only nine percent worked reduced hours.

• All of the firms offer women’s affinity groups. Another 96 percent offer women lawyers management or leadership training, and 94 percent offer women-specific mentoring programs.

Here are the 10 Best Law Firms for Women with an Atlanta office, ranked by the percentage of female equity partners. The full list is published in Working Woman magazine.

Littler (national)

Last year, 55 percent of Littler’s new hires were female. It has a mentoring program pairing “high-performing” women and minority associates with firm leaders.

• 28 percent female equity partners

• 56 percent female non-equity partners

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner (Washington)

Half of Finnegan’s regional office managing partners are women. Attorneys working a 60 percent hours schedule earn full benefits.

• 21 percent equity partners

• 34 percent non-equity partners

DLA Piper (national)

Offers flexible work arrangements.

• 20 percent equity partners

• N/A nonequity partners

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz (national)

Last year, half of the lawyers promoted to equity partner were women, compared with 25 percent in 2015. Baker Donelson’s women’s initiative helps lawyers find mentors, build books of business and pursue work-life balance, with flex-time options and 16 weeks of primary-caregiver leave (increased from 12 weeks in 2015).

• 18 percent female equity partners

• 36 percent non-equity partners

Dentons US (national)

The firm offers a Preparing for Rain program to help non-equity partners develop clients. It also offers parenting groups, coaching, mentoring and 18 weeks primary-caregiver leave.

• 18 percent equity partners

• 23 percent non-equity partners

Fisher & Phillips (Atlanta)

The firm’s women’s initiative and leadership council matches employees with mentors. It offers a one-year OnRamp Fellowship for women who’ve taken time off to raise families and are re-entering the legal practice.

• 18 percent equity partners

• 36 percent women non-equity partners

Hunton & Williams (national)

Hunton & Williams has offered flexible schedules for more than two decades and has an on-ramp/off-ramp program that allows lawyers to take a hiatus for five years.

• 18 percent women equity partners

• N/A, non-equity partners

Seyfarth Shaw (Chicago)

The firm’s SeyfarthLife initiative offers affinity groups, benefits, and other resources for work-life balance. It also offers unlimited vacation, alternative schedules, and 18 weeks primary caregiver leave.

• 18 percent women equity partners

• 27 percent women non-equity partners

King & Spalding (Atlanta)

King & Spalding increased primary-caregiver leave in 2015 from 12 weeks to 18. If offers multi-day career forums, leadership coaching and business development coaching. A part-time schedule does not bar eligibility for equity partnership.

• 16 percent women equity partners

• 29 percent women non-equity partners

McGuireWoods (national)

The firm offers leadership training and a business development initiative for women seeking equity partner status.

• 15 percent women equity partners

• 23 percent non-equity partners