2023 New Partner Report Shows 3.5% Increase in Women New Partners
Washington, DC (November 3, 2023) – Today, the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance released the results of its 2023 New Partner Report, a compilation of public data related to the gender breakdown of attorneys promoted to partner in US and global law firms. Yesterday, the seventy-eight law firms that had 50% or more women in their 2023 new partner class, globally and/or US-based, were recognized as “Tipping the Scales” and honored at the Alliance’s annual conference.
The Report revealed that 43.7 percent of new partners from 196 major US law firms in 2023 were women, representing a substantial increase of 3.5% from last year’s 40.2%. Accounting for increased globalization of the legal industry, this year’s report also includes global new partner promotion data for the first time. Globally, women accounted for 43.3% of new partners.
Other highlights include:
- Since 2012, when the Alliance began compiling this data, the share of women new partners has increased 10.5 percentage points (from 33% in 2012 to 43.7% in 2023).
- The share of firms with 50% or more women in their new partner class increased from 27.6% last year to 38.3% this year.
- The gap in the share of new women partners compared to the share of women associates decreased from a gap of 8.1% in 2022 down to 5.7% this year.
- Alliance member firms achieved a 2.6% higher share of women new partners than the overall US-based percentages (46.3% vs 43.7%).
“I’m optimistic about the overall upward momentum of the percentage of women in new partner classes in the US and globally,” said Manar Morales, President & CEO of the Diversity &