New Partner Report - Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

ABOUT THE REPORT

The 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 report has been carried out by the Alliance since 2012 and 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 other self-reported sources about annual classes of attorneys promoted to partnership in U.S. offices. For the 2017 report, the data reflects new partner classes with an effective date of promotion between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. If a firm announced two new partner classes in 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.

ATTORNEYS PROMOTED TO PARTNERSHIP IN THE U.S. BY GENDER – 2017

Based upon this data, roughly 38 percent (38.1) of attorneys promoted to partnership in 2017 in the U.S. offices of many of the nation’s largest law firms were women, while 61.9 percent were men.

Among the 133 firms for which data was collected, 43 firms (32.3%) reported a 50/50 split or greater in favor of women, marking a significant increase over previous years. Ten firms (7.5%) reported having no women promoted to partnership. This figure remains unchanged from, and ties with, 2016 for the smallest number of firms included in this report with no women in their new partner classes. Only two of the 10 were among the firms with no women in the 2016 New Partner Report, and women made up half or more of the 2016 new partner classes for three of the 10 firms.

The average number of attorneys promoted to partnership was 10.5. Firms reporting a 50/50 split or greater in favor of women promoted an average of 7.7 attorneys to partner. The 10 firms that did not promote any women to partner also have smaller than average new partner classes – four 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 promise as it outpaces the total percentage of women partners (22.1%) as reported by the National Association for Legal Placement (NALP) in 2016[1]. However, the percentage of new women partners trails the percentages of women associates (45%)[1] and women graduating law school (48.7%)[2] in 2016 by roughly 7 and 10 percentage points respectively.

SHARE OF WOMEN AMONG NEW PARTNERS – A SIX-YEAR LOOK

In 2012, when the Alliance began collecting data, 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 results represent a slight increase and surpass the previous mark of 37% reached last year.

INDIVIDUAL FIRM RESULTS

Law FirmMaleFemaleTotal% Female
Total867533140038.1%
Akerman1271936.8%
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld63933.3%
Alston & Bird1642020.0%
Andrews Kurth Kenyon4040.0%
Arent Fox32540.0%
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer44850.0%
Baker McKenzie971643.8%
Baker Botts53837.5%
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz671353.8%
BakerHostetler751241.7%
Ballard Spahr21333.3%
Barnes & Thornburg1051533.3%
Blank Rome831127.3%
Boies, Schiller Flexner63933.3%
Brown Rudnick1010.0%
Bryan Cave861442.9%
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft53837.5%
Cahill Gordon & Reindel31425.0%
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton61714.3%
Cooley1031323.1%
Covington & Burling661250.0%
Cravath, Swaine & Moore033100.0%
Crowell & Moring33650.0%
Davis Polk & Wardwell53837.5%
Davis Wright Tremaine741136.4%
Debevoise & Plimpton22450.0%
Dechert41520.0%
Dentons971643.8%
Dickinson Wright921118.2%
DLA Piper1161735.3%
Dorsey & Whitney561154.5%
Drinker Biddle & Reath44850.0%
Duane Morris81911.1%
Epstein Becker & Green23560.0%
Eversheds Sutherland12366.7%
Faegre Baker Daniels941330.8%
Fenwick & West21333.3%
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner731030.0%
Fish & Richardson8080.0%
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto12366.7%
Foley & Lardner861442.9%
Foley Hoag35862.5%
Fox Rothschild1251729.4%
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy12366.7%
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson41520.0%
Gibbons3030.0%
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher921118.2%
Goodwin Procter851338.5%
Goldberg Kohn011100.0%
Greenberg Traurig20163644.4%
Haynes and Boone671353.8%
Hogan Lovells1351827.8%
Holland & Hart61714.3%
Holland & Knight1492339.1%
Hughes Hubbard & Reed11250.0%
Hunton & Williams022100.0%
Husch Blackwell27977.8%
Jackson Lewis1472133.3%
Jenner & Block891752.9%
Jones Day21123336.4%
Katten Muchin Rosenman741136.4%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton53837.5%
King & Spalding931225.0%
Kirkland & Ellis48196728.4%
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel011100.0%
Kutak Rock10132356.5%
Latham & Watkins192219.5%
Lathrop & Gage31425.0%
LeClairRyan11250.0%
Littler Mendelson9132259.1%
Locke Lord661250.0%
Loeb & Loeb12366.7%
Lowenstein Sandler21333.3%
Mayer Brown1071741.2%
McCarter & English63933.3%
McDermott Will & Emery13142751.9%
McGuireWoods1171838.9%
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy22450.0%
Miles & Stockbridge11250.0%
Miller & Chevalier22450.0%
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo41520.0%
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius2483225.0%
Morrison & Foerster45955.6%
Munger, Tolles & Olson3030.0%
Nixon Peabody771450.0%
Norton Rose Fulbright*751241.7%
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart1282040.0%
O'Melveny & Myers24666.7%
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe1141526.7%
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein13475.0%
Paul Hastings13475.0%
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison3030.0%
Pepper Hamilton044100.0%
Perkins Coie13112445.8%
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman15683.3%
Polsinelli2383125.8%
Proskauer Rose52728.6%
Quarles & Brady9122157.1%
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan751241.7%
Reed Smith971643.8%
Ropes & Gray43742.9%
Saul Ewing*72922.2%
Schiff Hardin54944.4%
Schulte Roth & Zabel22450.0%
Seyfarth Shaw1171838.9%
Shearman & Sterling3030.0%
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton871546.7%
Shook, Hardy & Bacon641040.0%
Sidley Austin1051533.3%
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett71812.5%
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom101119.1%
Steptoe & Johnson14580.0%
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox41520.0%
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan2020.0%
Sullivan & Cromwell3030.0%
Thompson & Knight52728.6%
Thompson Hine741136.4%
Troutman Sanders63933.3%
Van Ness Feldman23560.0%
Venable741136.4%
Vinson & Elkins43742.9%
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz12366.7%
Weil, Gotshal & Manges551050.0%
White & Case1071741.2%
Wiley Rein32540.0%
Williams & Connolly13475.0%
Willkie Farr & Gallagher12366.7%
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr52728.6%
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker731030.0%
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati53837.5%
Winston & Strawn1131421.4%
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice4040.0%
Zuckerman Spaeder2020.0%

Please Note: Alliance member firms at the close of the data collection period (September 30, 2017) are in bold. An asterisk (*) indicates a firm that underwent a merger following the announcement of partnership promotions for the upcoming year. Firms that formerly appeared in this report may no longer appear due to a lack of available data for the year reported.

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[1] See “2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms,” NALP, January 2017, http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Membership/2016NALPReportonDiversityinUSLawFirms.pdf

[2] See “Class of 2016 National Summary Report,” NALP, August 2017, http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Classof2016_NationalSummaryReport.pdf

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Alliance members can access the 2017 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 the Alliance’s Director of Research, Denise Robinson.