Ice Miller Recognized as WILEF 2018 Gold Standard Firm Ice Miller Recognized as WILEF 2018 Gold Standard Firm

Ice Miller Recognized as WILEF 2018 Gold Standard Firm

Ice Miller LLP is proud to announce it has achieved Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) 2018 Gold Standard Certification. The Firm is now a two-time WILEF Gold Standard Firm. 

WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by women equity partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership.  
 
“It is an honor to receive this certification a second time,” said Judy Okenfuss, a managing partner at Ice Miller. “We remain focused on Ice Miller being a place where women realize their full potential and contribute their best work.”
 
Women are engaged at all levels of Firm leadership, and 50 percent of the attorneys promoted to equity partner in 2018 were women.
 
“The Firm has a long history of investing in our women leaders. We strive for gender-balanced professional development, career building and networking opportunities for our partners and associates,” said Kristine Bouaichi, partner and chair of the Women’s Initiative at Ice Miller. “The result is a culture where women’s voices are heard, and women are represented in leadership positions throughout the Firm.”
 
Law firms with 300 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for 2018 WILEF Gold Standard Certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees and of their most highly compensated partners. For 2018 Gold Standard Certification, a meaningful percentage means the firm satisfies both the mandatory criterion that:
 
  • 20% of equity partners or, alternatively, 33% or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past 12 months are women
and at least three of the following five criteria:
 
  • 15% of firm and U.S. branch office heads are women equity partners
  • 20% of the firm’s governance committee are women equity partners
  • 20% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women equity partners
  • 15% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women
  • 7% of women equity partners are women of color or 3.5% of women equity partners are LGBT
Learn more about Ice Miller’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts here.

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About Ice Miller LLP
Ice Miller LLP is a full service law firm dedicated to helping our clients stay ahead of a changing world. With over 340 legal professionals in seven offices, we advise clients on all aspects of complex legal issues across more than 20 practice areas. Our clients include emerging growth companies, FORTUNE 500 corporations, municipal entities and nonprofits. Learn more about Ice Miller and our client commitments.
 
This press release is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice.
 
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