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Firm Ranks No. 5 in the Nation Among Best Law Firms for Women
October 3, 2006
HOUSTON (October 3, 2006) – Bracewell & Giuliani ranked No. 5 out of 105 U.S. law firms in a recent survey of women attorneys who were asked about advancement, training, work-life balance and other issues.
The firm was the only Texas-based firm in the Top 10.
Members of the Women’s Law Association at Harvard Law School surveyed 16,000 women lawyers and received about 4,000 anonymous responses to produce the report, “Presumed Equal: What America’s Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms.”
The questions focused on advancement opportunities, training, inclusive atmosphere, business development, work-life issues, mentoring and leadership. While the report found that many women believe their firms don’t provide enough opportunities to make partner or foster an environment that values diversity and family, Bracewell placed in the Top 10 of firms providing the best opportunities to women.
“Bracewell emphasizes the recruitment, development, retention and promotion of women lawyers,” said Managing Partner Patrick Oxford. "Having one of the nation's most prestigious law schools produce a report ranking us in the Top 5 on this issue reinforces that Bracewell's focus on attracting and retaining talented women professionals is right on target."
The firm’s Women’s Initiative has instituted various work policies, including a path to partnership that allows for flexible work hours and encompasses the professional activities needed for attaining partnership.
“This program has been effective at retaining female lawyers and has fostered a supportive culture in which women can have families, continue their law practice, become partners, and secure top management positions within the firm,” said Professional Development General Counsel Jennifer Jacobs.
“Bracewell takes an active role in making sure that higher ranks throughout the firm are diversified and reflect the environment that’s outside of Bracewell,” said Tamara Stiner, a trial attorney in Bracewell's Houston office.
"Today, women are involved in every facet of the firm's leadership, serving as section heads, committee chairs, members of the firm's decision making leadership and mentors," said Victoria Garcia, a San Antonio labor partner.
The Presumed Equal findings were presented at the Alliance for Women’s seminar series on women in the profession in Chicago and have been released as a book.