Verrill Dana Ranks Among Top Law Firms for Women
(August 7, 2017) – While women make up fewer than 35% of lawyers in U.S. law firms, Verrill Dana has been recognized as a top firm for female attorneys by both the National Law Journal and Law360. Verrill Dana was ranked seventh in the nation in the National Law Journal's "NLJ 500 Women's Scorecard" and was also named a "Law360 Ceiling Smasher" for its percentage of female equity partners compared to other firms its size.
At the end of 2016, approximately 39% of the attorneys at Verrill Dana were women, and 41.5% of the firm's equity partners were females, surpassing national averages by approximately 5% and 20% respectively.
"Although the legal industry in general has yet to accomplish true diversity and gender equality, we have made it a priority to ensure that opportunities for success exist across all levels of our firm," said K.C. Jones, Managing Partner at Verrill Dana. "Although we continue to beat industry standards in this respect, we insist upon doing better, and will continue our efforts to raise the bar for the profession as a whole."
Recognizing law firms that are leaders in advancing equality at the top, the "Ceiling Smashers" list by Law360 focuses solely on the ratio of female equity partners to male equity partners, and is separated into four categories by firm size. The "Women's Scorecard," which was included in the "NLJ 500" firm head count report, scored the country's largest firms based on a combination of the percentage of female attorneys and female partners at each firm.
"We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly with respect to our hiring, development, and retention of female attorneys and female equity partners. We understand the importance of having gender diverse leadership in order to attract talented attorneys to the firm and to provide the best client service," said Jacqueline Rider, Verrill Dana Partner and Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee.
Verrill Dana has been consistently recognized for its efforts in gender equality. The firm also ranked in Law360's 2015 and 2016 Glass Ceiling Reports.