Ice Miller Named one of "50 Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers
Indianapolis - Ice Miller LLP has been named among the 2012 "50 Best Law Firms for Women," by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. Ice Miller was recognized for the Firm's continued attention to family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that are retaining women and advancing them into the leadership pipeline.
The 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work life and women-friendly policies are highlighted in the December/January issue of Working Mother magazine.
Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, “Nearly one third of women lawyers are leaving the legal workforce independent of maternity leave. The Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers "50 Best Law Firms for Women" have led the way in creating new models for the rest of their profession in promoting women and developing more generous work life policies. These firms deserve recognition for working to improve women’s advancement and to equalize their compensation and access to business development."
“These firms understand that their efforts towards women need to expand to not only focus on work life issues but also on women gaining access to sponsors as well as business development and leadership opportunities," said Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. "We hope these firms will lead the charge to further improve the status of women in the profession by creating structural change within the law firm model as well as empowering women to take the individual action steps they need to make sustainable change.”
"We are committed to the professional advancement of women in our firm," said Ice Miller Deputy Managing Partner, Brenda Horn. "Family friendly values and equality of opportunities are embedded in our culture," she noted.
Earlier this year, The American Lawyer magazine recognized Ice Miller as part of the publication's Women in Law Firms study in 2012. Ice Miller ranked third in the nation for having the highest percentage of female equity partners – 26.9 percent – among the Am Law 200 firms. Ice Miller was the only Midwestern law Firm recognized in the top five law firms. In addition, MultiCultural Law magazine ranked Ice Miller 15th in the "Top 100 Law Firms for Women" listing, and 11th in the publication's "Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans" among the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity in 2012.
The 2012 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. 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. The 50 winning firms were selected based on their workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women, among other criteria utilizing 2011 data.
About Ice Miller LLP
Founded in 1910, Ice Miller LLP is an Am Law 200 Firm with a nationally recognized reputation in many of its practice areas. Ice Miller offers a broad array of capabilities in virtually all areas of legal practice including: corporate, patents and trademarks, bankruptcy, lobbying, labor and employment, litigation, employee benefits, real estate, municipal finance and public law. With offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, DuPage County, Ill., Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., the Firm has over 300 lawyers, 40 paraprofessionals, and 275 support staff members.
About Working Mother Media
Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, workingmother.com, and the Working Mother Research Institute. The National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; Workingmother.com gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions and ideas. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the magazine’s signature research initiative, the Working Mother "100 Best Companies," and the 10th year of the "Best Companies for Multicultural Women."
About Flex-Time Lawyers
Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm founded by Deborah Epstein Henry in the late 1990s, providing advisory, training and speaking services to employers and professionals on work life balance, retaining and promoting women and new models of legal practice. It provides speaking services at law firms, in-house legal departments, professional service firms, corporations, non-profits, bar associations, law schools, national conferences, events, and retreats. Flex-Time Lawyers also hosts a membership organization with a chapter in New York, offering quarterly events on timely issues with prominent speakers. Membership also provides resources, networking opportunities and education about legal industry norms. For more information, please visit http://www.flextimelawyers.com
This press release is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice.