New Partner Report - Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s New Partner Report is a yearly compilation and examination of data from over 100 of the nation’s largest and top-grossing law firms about the attorneys promoted to partnership in U.S. offices. The Alliance has generated this report since 2012, and the report aims to uncover trends related to the percentages of women promoted to partnership each year.

The data contained in this report is based upon publicly available firm announcements and self-reported sources about annual classes of attorneys promoted to partnership in U.S. offices. For the 2018 report, the data reflects new partner classes with an effective date of promotion between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. If a firm announced two new partner classes within that period, the first announcement is reflected in this report. This report does not include data from the Alliance’s Law Firm Flexibility Benchmarking Survey Report, which is a separate Alliance research initiative.

New Partner Report 2018 – Summary of Findings

Attorneys Promoted to Partnership in the U.S. by Gender – 2018

Roughly 39% of attorneys promoted to partnership in 2018 in the U.S. offices of many of the nation’s largest and top-grossing law firms were women, while 61.1% were men.

Among the 134 firms for which data was collected, 42 firms (31.3%) reported a 50/50 split or greater in favor of women. This is a decrease from the 2017 figure of 33.1% but still represents a significant increase over previous years. Six firms (4.5%) reported having no women promoted to partnership. This figure represents a significant decrease from 2017 (10 firms or 7.5%) and is the smallest number of firms historically included in this report with no women in their new partner classes. None of these six were among the firms with no women in the 2017 New Partner Report, and women made up half or more of the 2017 new partner classes for four of the six firms.

The average number of attorneys promoted to partnership was 11, which represents an increase from last year’s figure of 10.5. Firms reporting a 50/50 split or greater in favor of women promoted an average of 8.3 attorneys to partner, which represents an increase from last year’s figure of 7.7. The six firms that did not promote any women to partner also have smaller than average new partner classes – 4.3 attorneys.

The Bigger Picture of Women in Law Firms

When included in an overall snapshot of women within the legal profession, the percentage of women promoted to partnership shows some promise as it outpaces the total percentage of women partners (22.7%) as reported by the National Association for Legal Placement (NALP) in 2017[1]. However, the percentage of new women partners trails the percentages of women associates (45.48%)1 and women summer associates (49.87%) [1] in 2017 by roughly 6.8 and 11.2 percentage points respectively.

[1] See “2017 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms” NALP, December 2017.

Share of Women Among New Partners: A Six-Year Look

When the Alliance began collecting data in 2012, the share of women among new partner classes was roughly 33%. Although the percentage of women among new partners in the U.S. has remained relatively stable, this year’s figure of 38.9% represents a slight increase and surpasses the previous mark of 38.1% from last year.

Individual Firm Results – 2018

Law FirmMenWomenTotal% Women
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld1121315.4%
Alston & Bird1372035%
Arent Fox461060%
Arnold & Porter34757.1%
Baker McKenzie851338.5%
Baker Botts731030%
Baker Donelson561154.5%
Ballard Spahr741136.4%
Barnes & Thornburg751241.7%
Blank Rome741136.4%
Boies, Schiller &
Brown Rudnick22450%
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner*661250%
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft7070%
Cahill Gordon & Reindel11250%
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton11250%
Covington & Burling761346.2%
Cozen O'Connor9101952.6%
Cravath, Swaine & Moore42633.3%
Crowell & Moring52728.6%
Davis Polk & Wardwell6060%
Davis Wright Tremaine51616.7%
Debevoise & Plimpton12366.7%
Dickinson Wright1141526.7%
DLA Piper1361931.6%
Dorsey & Whitney941330.8%
Drinker Biddle & Reath41520%
Duane Morris72922.2%
Epstein Becker & Green22450%
Eversheds Sutherland1251729.4%
Faegre Baker Daniels1462030%
Farella Braun + Martel11250%
Fenwick & West21333.3%
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner641040%
Fish & Richardson1192045%
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto2020%
Foley & Lardner1091947.4%
Foley Hoag22450%
Fox Rothschild10132356.5%
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy34757.1%
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson61714.3%
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher761346.2%
Goldberg Kohn011100%
Goodwin Procter1021216.7%
Greenberg Traurig1192045%
Haynes and Boone63933.3%
Hogan Lovells751241.7%
Holland & Hart44850%
Holland & Knight16132944.8%
Hughes Hubbard & Reed21333.3%
Hunton Andrews Kurth*941330.8%
Husch Blackwell1261833.3%
Jackson Lewis951435.7%
Jenner & Block481266.67%
Jones Day18143243.8%
K&L Gates1161735.3%
Katten Muchin Rosenman63933.3%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton931225%
King & Spalding1331618.8%
Kirkland & Ellis45337842.3%
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel23560%
Kutak Rock61714.3%
Latham & Watkins1682433.3%
Lathrop & Gage41520%
Littler Mendelson13152853.6%
Locke Lord641040%
Loeb & Loeb32540%
Lowenstein Sandler42633.3%
Mayer Brown1361931.6%
McCarter & English62825%
McDermott Will & Emery4101471.4%
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy51616.7%
Miles & Stockbridge471163.6%
Miller & Chevalier2020%
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo42633.3%
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius13152853.6%
Morrison & Foerster34757.1%
Munger, Tolles & Olson42633.3%
Nelson Mullins1031323.1%
Nixon Peabody741136.4%
Norton Rose Fulbright551050%
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart381172.7%
O'Melveny & Myers33650%
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe1041428.6%
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein22450%
Paul Hastings751241.7%
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison31425%
Pepper Hamilton62825%
Perkins Coie1161735.3%
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman44850%
Proskauer Rose72922.2%
Quarles & Brady871546.7%
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan53837.5%
Reed Smith1071741.2%
Ropes & Gray62825%
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr33650%
Schiff Hardin22450%
Schulte Roth & Zabel2020%
Seyfarth Shaw651145.5%
Shearman & Sterling62825%
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton761346.2%
Shook, Hardy & Bacon1231520%
Shutts & Bowen14580%
Sidley Austin881650%
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett72922.2%
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom731030%
Squire Patton Boggs291181.8%
Steptoe & Johnson12366.7%
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox41520%
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan51616.7%
Sullivan & Cromwell61714.3%
Thompson & Knight41520%
Thompson Hine36966.7%
Troutman Sanders81911.1%
Vinson & Elkins53837.5%
Weil, Gotshal & Manges7070%
White & Case1421612.5%
Wiley Rein33650%
Williams & Connolly32540%
Willkie Farr & Gallagher52728.6%
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr43742.9%
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati1141526.7%
Winston & Strawn1061637.5%
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice 1041428.6%
Zuckerman Spaeder011100%

Alliance members can access the 2018 New Partner Report in its entirety in the Member Resource Center.

We strive to keep this report accurate, but should you find any inaccuracies or have questions, please contact Sejal Shah.