Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Named 2007 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm For WomenFirst-Of-Its-Kind Initiative Honors Trailblazers in Work-Life Balance and Women
NEW YORK, NY and LOS ANGELES, CA - August 14, 2007 - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, along with Working Mother magazine, the authoritative source for career mothers, and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a national consulting firm that advises attorneys and legal employers on work-life balance and employee retention, announced today that Manatt has been named a “2007 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women.” Manatt is among 50 firms being honored for their commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent.
Manatt is noted for creating a work environment that is hospitable to and encouraging of the advancement of women. It will be profiled in the August/September issue of Working Mother magazine. Manatt’s innovative programs and policies are helping female attorneys achieve balance in their personal and professional lives and thrive as practitioners. Manatt is ensuring that women are the future of private law practice.
“Manatt’s message to the women in the firm is simple: We value your contribution and believe in a balanced work-life relationship,” said William T. Quicksilver, Manatt’s Managing Partner and Chief Executive, who has been with the firm for 30 years. “We recognized the needs of working women with children several years ago and made it a firm policy to accommodate those needs with full understanding that in doing so, partnership and other aspirations to advance in the firm would not be diminished. Our goal is to continue to conscientiously provide the workplace of choice for working mothers and women, to retain these talented people who have helped build Manatt, and looking toward the future, to recruit the best laterals and new attorneys.”
More than just talking the talk, Manatt walks the walk. In the past year, a part-time attorney and mother of two-year-old twins was promoted to partner. In 2007, Multicultural Law Magazine included Manatt in its Top 100 Firms for Women; and the just-released Vault.com employee survey placed Manatt as #13 of the top 20 national law firms in its Diversity with Respect to Women rankings. Women serve as members of Manatt’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and hold positions as practice groups chairs, and office administrative partners. In addition, the firm’s Executive Director of 20 years is a woman.
“Since its founding, Working Mother magazine has been the champion of progressive, women-friendly changes in the workplace,” said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. “Every year we see substantive advances in companies’ policies across the country, and we are so excited to be able to pair with Flex-Time Lawyers to celebrate change in a field that has historically struggled to support women and their life choices. I commend Manatt for taking the lead for women lawyers.”
Methodology: The application and evaluation process for the 2007 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women initiative was developed in a partnership between Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC and was based on Working Mother ’s annual 100 Best Companies, a groundbreaking initiative that was first introduced in 1986, and continues to set the standard for family-friendly workplaces. To apply for the Best Law Firms for Women, Manatt provided detailed information on the issues that are most important to the retention and promotion of women lawyers in six measured areas: workforce profile, benefits and compensation, parental leave, childcare, flexibility, and retention and advancement of women.
About Working MotherFounded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career mothers. Its 21-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media (WMM), which also owns the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), NAFE Magazine, the annual 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress, as well as the Best Companies for Multicultural Women Conference and regional Town Halls. In 2006, WMM acquired Diversity Best Practices and the Business Women’s Network, making WMM the largest media company in the country focused on diversity and the advancement of women. For more information, visit www.workingmother.com.
About Flex-Time Lawyers LLCFlex-Time Lawyers LLC® is a national consulting firm advising lawyers, law firms, bar associations, law schools and corporations on work/life balance, business development, women's initiatives, re-entry of professionals and the retention and advancement of women. It hosts a membership organization with chapters in New York and Philadelphia, offering networking opportunities, support, career guidance, education and information sharing to effect change. Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is a resource to the press and legal community at large on work/life balance and women’s issues and also provides recruiting services. For more information, visit www.flextimelawyers.com.
About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLPManatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, provides legal and consulting services to a global client base from offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Sacramento, California; New York City and Albany, New York; and Washington, D.C. Manatt includes Manatt Health Solutions, a healthcare policy and strategic business advisory group, and ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that develops and implements strategies to expand client businesses and facilitate their effective competition in global markets. For more information, visit www.manatt.com, www.manatthealthsolutions.com, and ManattJones Global Strategies.
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