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Gibbons Named a 2011 "Best Law Firm for Women"


September 14, 2011

Today’s legal leaders are supporting female lawyers with work-life balance and women-friendly policies, offering new standards that retain and promote top female legal talent in a male-driven field. With that, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and Flex-Time Lawyers have just announced Gibbons P.C. as a NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media. Gibbons is one of only 11 firms nationwide to appear on this list every year since its inception in 2007.

“Our research team has seen an increase in the number of female partners working at the Best Law Firms within the past five years, with women as 19 percent of equity partners, compared to the national average of 15 percent,” said Dr. Betty Spence, President, NAFE. “We applaud how the 2011 Best Law Firms for Women are making it possible for women to succeed by offering programs and policies that support their needs.”

The 2011 NAFE & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women are continuing to redefine the standards of success, with written reduced hour policies at 100 percent of the winning firms and 78 percent who are offering full-time telecommuting. The Best Law Firms for Women have increased support for programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring.

Gibbons is committed to women’s professional advancement both within and outside the firm. Through its groundbreaking, award-winning Women’s Initiative, the firm provides for new and senior Gibbons women attorneys, along with their women business colleagues and clients, platforms and policies that improve knowledge, foster teamwork, encourage leadership, embrace flexibility, and support networking and mentoring. The Initiative has also strengthened the position of women leaders within Gibbons.

As a workplace, Gibbons promotes numerous policies, benefits, and platforms that encourage work/life balance and ongoing career development throughout all stages of personal life, including state-of-the-art technology for a flexible, mobile workforce; part-time and flex-time schedules that do not impede opportunities for advancement; emergency childcare; on-site nursing rooms; and generous parental leave, among many others.

“The success of the Women’s Initiative and related employee benefits has led Gibbons to our consistent ranking among the top 50 firms nationwide for working women,” notes Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of the Firm. “This is the fourth time that Gibbons has been named a Best Law Firm for Women, appearing on the list every year that Working Mother Media has published these rankings.”

In addition, Gibbons was among the 2009 winners of the prestigious, international Catalyst Award, which honors major corporations with leading women’s initiatives and programs, and in 2011 was one of only 32 law firms nationwide to earn the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s (WILEF) Gold Standard Certification.

“The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women are encouraging the retention and promotion of women, in addition to creating conducive work environments for all lawyers to thrive,” said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers. “By offering leadership and business development opportunities for women, along with generous flexibility, parental leave, and childcare programs, these firms are better poised to retain and promote the brightest legal minds, with the goal of reaching parity for women in the profession.”

Gibbons, along with the rest of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work/life and women-friendly policies, will be featured in the fall 2011 issue of NAFE magazine and are profiled at nafe.com, www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. Winning firms will be honored in New York on September 21. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation.

Methodology: The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Firms with at least 50 lawyers were eligible to apply and the application included detailed questions about the issues that are most important to the retention and promotion of female lawyers. Completed applications were collected online from November 12, 2010 to January 21, 2011. All data for the 2011 survey was collected from the full year of 2010. The 50 winning firms were selected based on their responses to an application measuring areas such as workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement, and retention of women.