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The Verdict Is In: Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers Name Hanson Bridgett A 2009 Best Law Firm for Women (August 11, 2009)

Hanson Bridgett has been named among the 2009 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women. Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers applaud Hanson Bridgett and the other winning law firms for their continued attention to work-life and women's issues and urge increased use of flex-time, reduced-hour and other family-friendly policies to ensure the future success of the profession. 

The 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work/life and women-friendly policies are highlighted in the August/September issue of Working Mother and at www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com/best.asp. 

"The recession has created a shift in the legal industry and now is the time to push through mutually-beneficial, cost-effective reforms that directly benefit work-life balance and allow working moms to succeed both at home and in the court room," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. "We salute the 2009 Best Law Firms for recognizing that making the legal profession work for women is good business for everyone." 

The Best Law Firms for Women are leading the charge for change. For example, these 50 winning firms employ more lawyers who work reduced hours (8 percent versus 5 percent nationwide). These winning firms also employ more female equity partners who share in their firms' profits (20 percent versus 16 percent nationwide). 

"We are proud of our 2009 Best Law Firms for Women because they understand that when the market improves, the war for talent will return and they will be better positioned to recruit and retain the best and brightest," said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers. "Big salaries and bonuses will no longer be the pivotal means for firms to draw the best talent, and culture and environment will become more important ways for firms to distinguish themselves." 

Profiles of the 2009 Best Law Firms for Women are featured in the August/September issue of Working Mother and at www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. Winning firms will be honored at a luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York on September 15. 

Methodology: The 2009 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. Firms with at least 50 lawyers were eligible to apply and the application included detailed questions about the issues that are most important to the retention and promotion of female lawyers. The 50 winning firms were selected based on their workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women, among other criteria utilizing 2008 data. 

About Hanson Bridgett 

A law firm established in 1958, Hanson Bridgett is one of Northern California's mainstays. Our clients range from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to individuals, including a number of public agencies in California. We understand our clients' businesses and practice law in a way that reflects that understanding. Hanson Bridgett has over 150 attorneys located in offices in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento and the Silicon Valley. 

About Working Mother Media 

Celebrating 30 years, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers while workingmother.com brings to the Web a broad range of insight and solutions served to working mothers every day. Working Mother's 24-year signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. With offices in New York and Washington, D.C., Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp., includes the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, and the Multicultural Women's Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media's mission is to champion cultural change. 

About Flex-Time Lawyers LLC 

Flex-Time Lawyers LLC® is a national consulting firm advising the legal profession on work/life balance, law firm restructure, and the retention and promotion of women. It hosts a membership organization with chapters in New York and Philadelphia, offering networking opportunities, support, career guidance, education and information sharing to effect change. Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is a resource to the press and legal community at large on work/life balance and women's issues and also provides recruiting services. It has been covered extensively in the national and legal press, including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, National Public Radio, National Law Journal, and numerous others. For more information, please visit www.flextimelawyers.com. 

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Hanson Bridgett is a law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Serving clients since 1958, we are well known in Northern California and have earned a national reputation in many of our practice areas.

Our diverse client list includes large national and global companies as well as many governmental entities, regional businesses and individuals. While we keep true to our California roots, our work increasingly takes us across state and national borders.

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

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