Munger, Tolles & Olson has again been named one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. The list, published July 28, 2015, recognized the firm for its family-friendly policies and business and career development initiatives that focus on advancing women attorneys into the leadership pipeline.
“Our firm has a longstanding tradition of supporting and advancing women lawyers, and we are proud to see it recognized,” said Munger Tolles Women’s Initiative Committee Co-Chair Tamerlin J. Godley. “In addition to serving as leaders in the community and the legal profession, our women lawyers play a critical role in the success of our firm, and we are dedicated to helping them thrive.”
Munger Tolles demonstrates its support of women in many ways:
- In the past five years, more than half of Munger Tolles attorneys promoted to the firm’s equity partner ranks have been women.
- Women attorneys are well-represented and play significant roles in all firm committees, including chair positions on our policy, partnership compensation and associate review committees.
- Munger Tolles is one of the few Am Law 200 firms with a female co-managing partner.
- Several Munger Tolles lawyers, including Katherine M. Forster, Tamerlin J. Godley, Bethany W. Kristovich, Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke, Kristin Linsley Myles, Rosemarie T. Ring and Mary Ann Todd, have been recognized as top practitioners by various publications.
- The firm, in conjunction with two business partners, opened the first law-firm sponsored child care center on the West Coast in 2010. Subsidized back-up child care is also available to all firm employees.
Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers, said the honorees stand out based on their focus on retention and promotion of women lawyers.
“They are cultivating female talent to facilitate that they get the good work, the skills and the flexibility they may need,” Ms. Epstein Henry said. “Yet they are also investing in women with business development and leadership opportunities to ensure they have strong presence and voice in the equity partner ranks, the governing committees and in running the law firm as a business.”
Munger Tolles attorney Susan E. Nash was profiled in Working Mother’s feature article discussing her journey to find work/life balance and Munger Tolles’ efforts to support and advance lawyers who are also parents. She recounted how she left Munger Tolles in 1990 to work part-time in a criminal appellate practice while raising her two sons, returning to the firm in 2008.
“The world has changed,” Ms. Nash said to Working Mother. “Munger is committed to helping working parents.” She added, “This is an issue that affects everybody. We’re not just trying to keep our young women—we’re trying to keep our young men, too.”