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 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 2016 report, the data reflects new partner classes with an effective date of promotion between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. 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 – 2016

Based upon this data, roughly 37 percent (37.3) of attorneys promoted to partnership in 2016 in the U.S. offices of many of the nation’s largest law firms were women, while 62.7 percent were men. Furthermore, 37.1 percent of attorneys from 2016 Am Law 100[1] firms promoted to partnership were women. Alliance member firms continue to outpace the national average with 38.3 percent of attorneys promoted to partnership being women.

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Among the 134 firms for which data was collected, ten firms (7.5%) reported no women among those promoted to partnership and 32 firms (23.9%) reported a 50/50 split or greater in favor of women.

The average number of attorneys promoted to partnership was 11.5 attorneys. The ten firms that did not promote any women have smaller than average new partner classes – 2.9 attorneys. These ten firms also represent the lowest number of firms among those included in this report without any women in new partner classes within the past five years – 14 firms in 2015 (11.9%), 16 firms in 2014 (13.8%), 19 firms in 2013 (16.1%), and 13 firms in 2012 (11.2%). In addition, only two of the ten were among the firms with no women in the 2015 New Partner Report, and women made up half or more of the 2015 new partner classes for three of the ten firms.

Firms among those reporting a 50/50 split or greater in favor of women also have smaller than average new partner classes. These 32 firms promoted an average of 10.3 attorneys to partner, compared to the overall average of 11.5.

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 (21.46%) in 2015 as reported by the National Association for Legal Placement (NALP)[2]. However, the percentage of new women partners trails the percentages of women associates (44.68%)[2] and women graduating law school (48%)[3] in 2015 by roughly 7 and 11 percentage points respectively.

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

In 2012, when the Alliance began collecting data, the share of women among new partner classes was roughly 33 percent. Although the percentage of women among new partners in the U.S. has remained relatively stable, this year’s results represent a new peak – surpassing the previous peak reached in both 2013 and 2015 by roughly three percentage points.

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INDIVIDUAL FIRM RESULTS

Law FirmMaleFemaleTotal % Female
Total962573153537.3%
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld62825.0%
Alston & Bird1241625.0%
Andrews Kurth Kenyon*36966.7%
Arent Fox6060.0%
Arnold & Porter52728.6%
Baker & McKenzie14112544.0%
Baker Botts641040.0%
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz871546.7%
BakerHostetler1562128.6%
Ballard Spahr1021216.7%
Barnes & Thornburg1161735.3%
Beveridge & Diamond24666.7%
Blank Rome25771.4%
Boies, Schiller & Flexner53837.5%
Brown Rudnick31425.0%
Bryan Cave651145.5%
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft23560.0%
Cahill Gordon & Reindel3030.0%
Chadbourne & Parke3030.0%
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton42633.3%
Cooley841233.3%
Covington & Burling72922.2%
Cravath, Swaine & Moore11250.0%
Crowell & Moring63933.3%
Davis Polk & Wardwell821020.0%
Davis Wright Tremaine21333.3%
Debevoise & Plimpton32540.0%
Dechert931225.0%
Dentons1292142.9%
DLA Piper1261833.3%
Dorsey & Whitney661250.0%
Drinker Biddle & Reath731030.0%
Duane Morris43742.9%
Epstein Becker & Green12366.7%
Faegre Baker Daniels7152268.2%
Farella Braun + Martel011100.0%
Fenwick & West42633.3%
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner52728.6%
Fish & Richardson1221414.3%
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto3030.0%
Foley & Lardner1131421.4%
Foley Hoag2020.0%
Fox Rothschild871546.7%
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy44850.0%
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson731030.0%
Gibbons42633.3%
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher62825.0%
Goodwin Procter1171838.9%
Greenberg Traurig2082828.6%
Haynes and Boone931225.0%
Hogan Lovells641040.0%
Holland & Hart1051533.3%
Holland & Knight19113036.7%
Hughes Hubbard & Reed2020.0%
Hunton & Williams42633.3%
Husch Blackwell871546.7%
Jackson Lewis751241.7%
Jenner & Block1081844.4%
Jones Day23123534.3%
K&L Gates15213658.3%
Katten Muchin Rosenman1021216.7%
Kaye Scholer22450.0%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton841233.3%
King & Spalding1261833.3%
Kirkland & Ellis54247830.8%
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel21333.3%
Kutak Rock1041428.6%
Latham & Watkins10102050.0%
Lathrop & Gage51616.7%
LeClairRyan951435.7%
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith14253964.1%
Littler Mendelson871546.7%
Locke Lord1241625.0%
Loeb & Loeb741136.4%
Lowenstein Sandler2020.0%
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips32540.0%
Mayer Brown1822010.0%
McCarter & English81911.1%
McDermott Will & Emery17102737.0%
McGuireWoods971643.8%
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy31425.0%
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo33650.0%
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 1952420.8%
Morrison & Foerster54944.4%
Munger, Tolles & Olson22450.0%
Nixon Peabody471163.6%
Norton Rose Fulbright1041428.6%
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart391275.0%
O'Melveny & Myers45955.6%
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe781553.3%
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein651145.5%
Paul Hastings35862.5%
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison42633.3%
Pepper Hamilton52728.6%
Perkins Coie11112250.0%
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman41520.0%
Polsinelli1862425.0%
Proskauer Rose71812.5%
Quarles & Brady661250.0%
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan61714.3%
Reed Smith1241625.0%
Ropes & Gray581361.5%
Schiff Hardin24666.7%
Schulte Roth & Zabel†----
Seyfarth Shaw1372035.0%
Shearman & Sterling4040.0%
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton641040.0%
Shook, Hardy & Bacon981747.1%
Sidley Austin1482236.4%
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett42633.3%
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom63933.3%
Squire Patton Boggs951435.7%
Steptoe & Johnson22450.0%
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox22450.0%
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan22450.0%
Sullivan & Cromwell42633.3%
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan43742.9%
Thompson & Knight53837.5%
Thompson Hine71812.5%
Troutman Sanders54944.4%
Van Ness Feldman11250.0%
Venable741136.4%
Vinson & Elkins911010.0%
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz21333.3%
Weil, Gotshal & Manges32540.0%
White & Case53837.5%
Wiley Rein2020.0%
Williams & Connolly22450.0%
Willkie Farr & Gallagher41520.0%
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr51616.7%
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker771450.0%
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati841233.3%
Winston & Strawn851338.5%
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice34757.1%
Zuckerman Spaeder2020.0%

Please Note: Alliance member firms at the close of the data collection period (September 30, 2016) are in bold. Firms that formerly appeared in this report may no longer appear due to a lack of available data for the year reported.
* Numbers reflect partnership promotions for 2016 at the time when the organization was known as “Andrews Kurth LLP”.
Indicates a firm that did not promote any attorneys to partnership in U.S. offices, but did promote attorneys in non-U.S. offices.

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[1] See “The Am Law 100: Firms Ranked By Gross Revenue,” The American Lawyer, April 25, 2016, http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202755653526
This report reflects data for 98 of the 100 firms for which the Alliance had access to new partner data.

[2] See “NALP Diversity Infographic: Women,” NALP, 2015-2016, http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Membership/DiversityInfographic-Women.pdf

[3] See “Class of 2015 National Summary Report,” NALP, August 2016, http://www.nalp.org/uploads/NatlSummaryClassof2015.pdf

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Alliance members can access the 2016 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.