Several firms that regularly participate in Law360's survey have consistently surpassed the 40 percent benchmark, including the four firms highlighted in this article: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, which had nearly 47 percent female attorneys in 2016, FordHarrison LLP with nearly 48 percent, Jackson Lewis PC with 43 percent, and Ropes & Gray with 42 percent.
These firms also far exceed their peers on gender diversity at the top levels. Cohen Milstein, for example, has a partnership that is 46 percent women, almost double the industry average of just over 23 percent.
Such firms often stand out as early adopters of efforts now common to many of their peers: flexible work arrangements, mentorship programs for women, leadership training initiatives. They have woven these policies into their internal culture through formal infrastructure, ensuring they aren't just performative nods toward inclusion.
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"Our approach to a variety of issues is in the interest of attorneys as whole human beings," said Kalpana Kotagal, a Cohen Milstein partner who chairs the firm's hiring and diversity committee, "and I think that worldview benefits women — rather, it creates more of a level playing field."
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