Lewis Brisbois Ranks 11th in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report on Gender Parity in Law Firms
Los Angeles, Calif. (September 15, 2021) - Lewis Brisbois has ranked 11th in Law360’s 2021 Glass Ceiling report, moving up from 37th place in 2020. The report measures female presence and gender parity in law firms, this year evaluating 269 organizations.
As described in the Law360 Pulse article titled "Glass Ceiling Report: How Does Your Firm Stack Up?," the publication redesigned its report this year to evaluate female attorneys’ industry standing from a new angle by showing how the percentage of women across three levels within law firms compared with the potential marketplace of hires. This evaluation resulted in the firms’ "pipeline scores," which measure a firm’s percentage points above or below a set of benchmarks assembled with data from the American Bar Association and previous Law360 submissions.
Lewis Brisbois’ Los Angeles Co-Managing Partner Jana Lubert and Chief Strategy Officer Janet Eskow, the co-chairs of Lewis Brisbois' Women's Initiative, each expressed excitement about the report, along with resolve to further promote gender diversity. "We are proud that Lewis Brisbois has moved up in these rankings because we have focused diligently on hiring and retaining the best legal talent from a diverse pool of candidates nationwide," Ms. Lubert said. "At the same time, we recognize that there is more to be done to further improve gender equity and inclusion. We remain committed to this important goal, both as it pertains to Lewis Brisbois and to the entire legal industry," she added.
Similarly, Ms. Eskow discussed Lewis Brisbois’ ongoing efforts to promote female presence throughout the firm’s highest ranks, including its current participation in the Mansfield 5.0 Certification process – an accreditation program that requires firms to consider women and diverse candidates in recruiting, promoting, and pitching to new clients. "We are looking forward to even greater progress as we continue to work with Diversity Lab to achieve our Mansfield Certification," Ms. Eskow explained. “Arabella Mansfield, the first female lawyer in the United States, remains the inspiration for our Women’s Initiative at Lewis Brisbois as we consistently seek to incorporate the ideals of equality and inclusion in our workplace, our communities, and our lives."
In a statement, Chief Diversity Partner Rima M. Badawiya and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs Karen L. Campbell and Alexis Crump said, "These results are driven by the firm’s continued commitment to all forms of diversity, equity and inclusion and to realizing our collective true potential."
Significantly, Lewis Brisbois also ranked among the top 25 law firms included in the National Law Journal's 2021 Women in Law Scorecard (Women’s Scorecard), moving up from 27th place to 23rd place this year.