Gibbons Recognized for “Tipping the Scales” by Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
December 4, 2019
Gibbons P.C. was recognized as one of 51 law firms whose 2019 U.S.-based new partner classes were more than 50 percent women. The firms, recognized as “Tipping the Scales,” were identified through the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s New Partner Report, a compilation of public data and self-reported sources released annually for the past eight years.
The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s New Partner Report is a yearly compilation of data from more than 100 of the nation’s largest and top-grossing law firms, examining the gender breakdown of attorneys promoted to partnership in their U.S. offices. The data is based on publicly available firm announcements and other self-reported sources on new partner classes, with an effective date of promotion between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. According to the organization’s 2019 report, 41.3 percent of new partners in 138 major U.S. law firms in 2019 were women, surpassing last year’s mark by 2.4 percentage points. Gibbons promoted five attorneys to Director in 2019, three of whom are women.
“We are encouraged to see the overall increase in the percentage of women in new partner classes in 2019 and are thrilled to recognize those firms that are ‘Tipping the Scales,’ said Manar Morales, President & CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance. “Despite this progress, we continue to recognize the need for firms to commit to a more intentional and proactive strategy to retain and advance women.”
“We are always proud to be recognized for the advancement and retention of our women attorneys,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., the firm’s Chairman and Managing Director. “We are committed to increasing the diversity of the legal profession through our innovative Diversity and Women’s Initiatives.”
Various other organizations and publications have recognized Gibbons for its diversity and women’s initiative efforts, such as Great Place to Work “Best Law Firms for Diversity,” Profiles in Diversity Journal, Vault, MultiCultural Law, and Minority Law Journal. In addition, Gibbons was the recipient of the 2009 Catalyst Award, which honors major corporations with leading women’s initiatives throughout the world, and was also one of only 17 firms selected to Working Mother’s inaugural “Best Law Firms for Women” Hall of fame, for their appearance on the publication’s “Best Law Firms for Women” list for ten years.
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A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards/.