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Hanson Bridgett Has Been Named One of the “50 Best Law Firms For Women” By Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers


July 28, 2015 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers today announced the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women, recognized for their family friendly policies and career and business development initiatives that are helping to retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline. Hanson Bridgett LLP has been selected for this year’s prestigious list. The firm was honored with several other diversity recognitions this year, including ranking #4 on Law360's Best U.S. Law Firms for Women as well as being named as one of its "Ceiling Smashers."

The full list of the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women is posted here with highlights on representation of women and women of color in key leadership roles, and usage and promotion rates for reduced hour lawyers, among other key data points. Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers co-founded the 50 Best Law Firms for Women initiative in 2007 to celebrate the law firms that are most successful in retaining and promoting women lawyers. The goal is also to give law firms the information and benchmarking tools they need to improve the status of women in their firms in the future.

The Best Law Firms for Women employ more female equity partners (20%) in 2015 than the national average (17%). Among the 2015 Best Law Firms for Women, 16% have at least three women among their top ten rainmakers, up from 11% last year. Women also hold 27% of equity partner promotion committee seats—the highest representation in the past five years.

Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, says, “The 50 Best Law Firms for Women are setting and pushing forward the standard when it comes to retaining women--and advancing them to the very top, equity partnership. These firms are also committed to creating best practices that support working parents.”

Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, adds, “Law firms that focus exclusively on flexible and reduced hour policies to retain women or solely on getting women in power seats are missing the mark. We see our Best Law Firms for Women who are having the most success to be the ones that understand the value of focusing on both retention and promotion simultaneously. They are cultivating female talent to facilitate that they get the good work, the skills and the flexibility they may need. Yet they are also investing in women with business development and leadership opportunities to ensure they have a strong presence and voice in the equity partner ranks, the governing committees and in running the law firm as a business.”

About Hanson Bridgett LLP

Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett has more than 150 attorneys located in offices in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento and the East Bay. Our clients range from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to individuals, including a number of public agencies in California. More information on Hanson Bridgett can be found at www.hansonbridgett.com.

About Flex-Time Lawyers

Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm founded by Deborah Epstein Henry in the late 1990s, providing advisory, training and speaking services to employers and professionals on work life balance, retaining and promoting women and the future of the legal profession. It provides consulting and speaking services to law firms, corporations, professional service firms, non-profits, bar associations, and law schools, and at conferences, and retreats. Flex-Time Lawyers hosts a membership organization, offering quarterly in-person and webcast events on timely issues with prominent speakers. Membership also provides resources, networking opportunities and education about legal industry norms. For more information, please visit http://www.flextimelawyers.com.

About Working Mother Media

Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute (workingmother.com/wmri), the National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

WM PR Contact:  Andrea Kaplan, andrea@andreakaplanpr.com, 917.836.2741

Flex-Time Lawyers Contact:  Deborah Epstein Henry, Esq., dehenry@flextimelawyers.com, 610.658.0836

About Hanson Bridgett LLP

Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett has more than 150 attorneys located in offices in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento, and the East Bay. Our clients range from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to individuals, including a number of public agencies in California. More information on Hanson Bridgett can be found at www.hansonbridgett.com.

For More Information

Michelle Klopp
Chief Marketing Officer
Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
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