May 14, 2021
Fish & Richardson Named a 2020 "Best Law Firm for Women" by Working Mother
Fish has been named one of the 2020 "Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother magazine for the third consecutive year. Fish was one of only 60 law firms in the U.S. to earn a spot on this prestigious list.
Fish was recognized for its best practices in finding, retaining, promoting, and developing women lawyers at the firm. This includes having a flexible culture that does not require "face time" for success, generous reduced hour policies, top-of-the-market parental leave benefits, and strong support for working mothers and parents. Fish also has many programs geared towards mentoring and advancing women in its workplace including its long-time EMPOWER Women's Initiative and client development-focused LEAD program.
"Law firms on this year's list were better prepared to respond to the effects of the pandemic because of their continued support of flextime and remote work for working parents and caregivers," said Subha V. Barry, president of Working Mother Media. "We are proud to recognize their resilience and steadfast commitment to supporting gender equality."
"We are thrilled to be selected again as one of Working Mother's Best Law Firms for Women," said principal Jay Kugler DeYoung, who chairs Fish's EMPOWER program. "We are serious about our efforts to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we are proud of what we have achieved so far. However, there is no finish line in this work - only a continued commitment to being a leader in implementing and fostering best practices in the profession," she added.
In 2019, Fish earned the top Mansfield 2.0 Certified Plus designation for its outstanding efforts to meet the Mansfield Rule requirements, which focus on increasing the representation of women and attorneys of color in leadership positions. In August 2020, Fish was ranked among the Top 10 law firms for Diverse Equity Partnerships (221-600 attorney category) by Law360 for its impressive work to "build a partnership with more diverse talent and diverse perspectives."
To compile the rankings, Working Mother administered a 300 question survey that assessed firms' attorney demographics, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves, and development and retention of women.
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