2007 list of the 50 best law firms for women published
Working Mother magazine and national consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers, LLC, have published the "2007 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women" list. Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers sent surveys to female attorneys asking them about factors that influence the retention and promotion of women in the legal profession. Based on their responses to questions covering six areas—"workforce profile," "benefits and compensation," "parental leave," "childcare," "flexibility," and "retention and advancement of women"—the 50 best firms were selected. Suzanne Riss, editor-in-chief of Working Mother, stated that in contrast to the "old stereotypes" of inhospitable law firms, some of the nation's law firms have been "quietly changing their policies in recent years to reflect changes that are afoot in society as a whole." Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president of Flex-Time Lawyers, LLC, said that "firms have begun to make strides with respect to women."
The American Lawyer publishes results of survey of mid-level associates
In The American Lawyer's annual survey, mid-level associates selected the nation's 164 best law firms to work for. The survey posed questions relating to matters such as compensation, collegiality, associate-partner relations, transparency of financial and other deals, billable-hour requirements, mentoring, and retention. Rankings were based on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest score. Responses from 7,172 third-, fourth-, and fifth-year associates were used to calculate the individual firms' scores. The results were published in the August 2007 edition of The American Lawyer magazine.
Ogletree Deakins raids Bryan Cave
Atlanta-based national employment and labor law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, raided rival firm Bryan Cave to expand its presence in the St. Louis area with its sixth new office established this year and its second office in Missouri. The three attorneys—former partner Gregg Lemley, of counsel Tim Garnett, and former associate Heidi Kuns Durr—will join the new firm as shareholders. Lemley and Garnett will co-manage the new office, which plans to hire more attorneys and may move to Clayton, MO, later this year. Ogletree Deakins's 400 lawyers working in 31 offices represent managers dealing with employment-related legal matters.
Arent Fox adds two new lawyers to its healthcare practice
Prominent law firm Arent Fox, LLP, has hired two well-known healthcare specialists, Lowell C. Brown and Jonathon E. Cohn, to work in its Los Angeles, CA, office as partners. Brown and Cohn come from the Los Angeles office of Foley & Lardner, LLP. Arent Fox hopes to leverage on the duo's expertise to boost the firm's healthcare practice in the Los Angeles area as well as add at least three associates to the group. Brown advises hospitals, health systems, and long-term care facilities and has had significant experience with operational issues, including the design and implementation of compliance programs. Cohn concentrates on litigation and trial work relating to healthcare. Full-service law firm Arent Fox has more than 300 lawyers in its offices in Washington, New York, and Los Angeles and represents clients in areas including intellectual property, real estate, healthcare, life sciences, and litigation.
Fox Rothschild on merger spree, adds Binder to its list
In an attempt to consolidate its presence in Pennsylvania's Montgomery and Chester counties, full-service national law firm Fox Rothschild, LLP, has merged with Pennsylvania-based law firm Binder, Kalis & Proctor, PC. The merger provides both firms with opportunities to expand their client services and enhance their current practice areas. The move will help Binder expand its client base with the addition of more than 400 attorneys from Fox who serve clients in nearly 40 different practice areas. The recent merger with Binder continues Fox's recent merger spree, which has included mergers with Goldman and Kramer; Young, Moriwaki, Isaacs & Greenfader, LLP; and Miller & Mitchell, PC.