2011 Best Law Firm for Women

NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers Salute Thompson Hine LLP as 2011 Best Law Firm for Women

Date: September 14, 2011

CLEVELAND - September 13, 2011- Today's legal leaders are supporting female lawyers with work-life balance and women-friendly policies, offering new standards that retain and promote top female legal talent in a male-driven field. With that, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)and Flex-Time Lawyers, today announce Thompson Hine as a NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media.

Our research team has seen an increase in the number of female partners working at the Best Law Firms within the past five years, with 19 percent of female Equity Partners employed compared to the national average of 15 percent, said Dr. Betty Spence, President, NAFE. We are proud to recognize the 2011 Best Law Firms for Women and their unwavering dedication to creating programs and policies that support women in the legal profession.

With nearly 25 percent of women in leadership roles, in addition to several successful women's initiative and workforce programs for lawyers, Thompson Hine is committed to supporting females in the legal profession, said Carol Evans, President of Working Mother Media. NAFE is proud to recognize them as a top choice for women.

The 2011 NAFE & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women are continuing to redefine the standards of success, with written reduced hour policies at 100 percent of the winning firms and 78 percent who are offering full-time telecommuting. Now in its fourth year, the Best Law Firms for Women have increased support for programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring.

"Thompson Hine has set the pace for law firms in all things related to diversity and women's issues, and we're proud of this meaningful recognition, said Heidi B. Goldstein, partner and chair of the firm's Women's Initiative, Spotlight on Women?. From flexible schedules to mentoring and every issue in between, we've seen the benefits of this focus for our clients, for the legal profession and for our own people.

This is the first time Thompson Hine has been named a Best Law Firm for Women. The firm's longstanding programs have led to significant improvements in its women lawyer hiring, promotion and retention rates. Women account for approximately 24 percent of Thompson Hine's partners and play key leadership roles across all levels at the firm, accounting for 31 percent of its practice group leaders. More than 50 percent of the 32 new partners appointed at the firm since 2009 were women.

We're committed to diversity and inclusion at Thompson Hine, and we've seen how that commitment has bolstered the professional development of the women lawyers at our firm, as well as those in the broader legal and business communities, said David J. Hooker, Thompson Hine's managing partner. We are quite proud of this recognition because it reflects the successes our women lawyers have achieved.

The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women are encouraging the retention and promotion of women, in addition to creating conducive work environments for all lawyers to thrive,said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers. By offering leadership and business development opportunities for women, along with generous flexibility, parental leave and childcare programs, these firms are better poised to retain and promote the brightest legal minds, with the goal of reaching parity for women in the profession.

Thompson Hine and the 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work/life and women-friendly policies will be featured in the fall 2011 issue of NAFE magazine and are profiled at nafe.com, www.workingmother.com and http://www.flextimelawyers.com/best.asp. Winning firms will be honored in New York on September 21. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation.

Methodology: The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. 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. Completed applications were collected online from November 12, 2010 to January 21, 2011.All data for the 2011 survey was collected from the full year of 2010. The 50 winning firms were selected based on their responses to an application measuring areas such as workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women.